Most children will never refuse a sweet treat, but candies and sugary treats are unhealthy for them. Overconsumption of white sugars can cause teeth decay, necessitating dental treatment, as well as poor eating habits, which can lead to childhood (or adult) obesity and a lifetime of health issues. And, as your children grow older, you will have fewer opportunities to influence their habits, therefore now is the moment to break them of their sweets addiction.
Here are 5 Ways to Cut Down on Candy Consumption.
1. Consume More Food
You’ve probably heard that eating small meals regularly throughout the day will help you lose weight, but why?
Your body cries, “I need calories!” as your blood sugar lowers. Don’t put off meeting your body’s demands until you’re hungry. You might not have the willpower to chose hummus over Hershey’s by then.
2. Consume Sugar
Outsmart your desires, which may seem counterintuitive. Snack on a banana or start your day with a fruit smoothie to get the sugar your body demands. You may have all the sugar you want without the guilt that comes with eating a candy bar.
3. Toss It Out
Willpower is great until it’s 12 a.m. and you’re craving…well, everything. Allowing yourself to dig into your hidden candy stockpile is not an option. Remove all of the clutter and make your home a safe haven. You won’t be able to choose the carrots at midnight, but you won’t be able to choose the chocolate.
4. Take action
Give your mind something else to focus on when your candy cravings strike, as they will. The recommendation to “go for a walk” is widespread, but it is only beneficial if it truly distracts you. Do you prefer to go on unplanned runs or do you prefer to read? Whatever you do, just do it for the love of it and show your appetites who’s boss.
5. Prepare ahead of time
It’s simple to determine ahead of time that candy isn’t worth it, but when it’s right in front of you, you’ll need something else. Always keep a nutritious bar in your purse or some dried fruit in your pocket when you leave the house. Don’t deprive your body of calories; it will crave them even more; instead, provide it with something else.