Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Helpful Halloween Tip

Do you buy too much candy to give to kids who come yelling "Trick or Treat!" at your door? Are you the type who leaves it in the plastic witch's cauldron by the door so that you grab a piece or two before dinner, after dinner, as you walk in the house, as you walk out of the house? If so, this tip could be helpful. Put another bowl for the wrappers next to that cauldron.

In a study being presented this Saturday at the American Heart Association conference in Orlando shows that people ate almost half as many mini-size Halloween candies when they kept the wrappers in plain sight, according to lead author, Brian Wansink, author of "Mindless Eating." Having a visual reminder of how much they ate, keeps you honest and eating less," said Wansink, "Your stomach can't count, but your eyes can when they seen the empty wrappers.

Visual clues are good for eating less. I've read other studies that demonstrate that if empty buffet plates are left on the dining table at the all-you-can-eat restaurants that the patrons eat more.

Click on the link above for explanation of the three other tips:
  1. Out of sight, out of mind.
  2. Don't give up your job as nutritional gatekeeper (mostly for parents).
  3. Redesign your daily eating habits to accommodate the extra calories that Halloween brings on.


Kell said...

Perfect - Where I dumped a lot of my candy, I ate too much... I gave it to my sister for HER trickortreating... and brought a pile in my office... heck. I need to FRAME those wrappers!

dragon knitter said...

i like that one line about the parents being the nutritional gatekeepers. sean is allowed 3 small pieces when eh gets home from school, and 3 small pieces after dinner. other than that? no. i have to hide his candy, lol.

he doesn't object too much, though, as long as it's not where he can see it (and he's 13, lol)

we also have a "please no thank you bite" policy. one taste. that's all i ask. even if it makes you gag. liam now eats green peppers (even though i won't, lol) because of it. and eggplant!