Halloween TRICK, not a TREAT

Just weighed myself in at Lindora today.  I was holding an extra couple of pounds and was happy to have lost it, according to the scale.  It took some work because I really watched my carb intake and went on the elliptical two days in a row already.  You have to exercise!

But, I want to discuss HALLOWEEN and other holidays.

Halloween!  Oh, the pressure to eat candy!

A client of mine, one who KNOWS that I don’t eat candy anymore, gave me this candy in the picture.  However, my version of candy is a chocolate protein bar.  I don’t want empty carbs, extra sugar to give me that sugar rollercoaster of the high and then the low crash of fatigue that follows it.  I am done with that ride.

I immediately flung this candy into a jar at my office and out of sight.  I thanked my client, but informed her that I do not eat candy like this anymore.  She said, “maybe your husband would want it.”  First off, my husband HATES candy corn.  Secondly, he is health conscious now too and will not eat candy.  The only candy that we touch are Nature Valley Protein  Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter bars or Power Crunch bars, which have 14 and 10g of carbs, in the order mentioned.  They also have 10g of protein and 5g 13 g of protein in the order mentioned.

People who give me candy or try to get me to eat their candy are usually heavy, but many of them are SABOTEURS–whether it is subconsciously or consciously done.  They want to derail my diet so they can feel better about their candy eating and then say, “See, even she eats candy.”   I don’t like that and I don’t fall into that trap.

Yes, I could have candy and work it in with my carb count to not gain weight, but I want to keep healthy and still enjoy my food.  It has taken a lot to feel better than I used to and I don’t want to mess it up with this “drug of choice.”  I can still have my delicious protein bars or delicious frozen yogurt, which is made with Splenda or low sugar and not go through the sugar highs and lows, leading me into cravings for more sugar.  It is a vicious cycle and it i s a roller coaster ride I am glad that I got off of because it was destroying my health and how my body looked.

The nurse at Lindora told me that MOST people broke their diet and ate Halloween candy and they gained weight this week.  How sad that the excuse of some stupid goblin holiday made people sabotage their efforts and their money.  It isn’t cheap to go to Lindora and that was one or two more weeks that they have set themselves back….but it was their bad food habits that got them into trouble in the first place!

There are TONS of sabotage and excuses for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.  Everyone thinks they have to eat all of the crap that comes out during those holidays.  What a bunch of rubbish.  I will put up recipes soon for healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas items.  It is total B.S. that you have to ruin your diet and gain weight for the “holiday season.”  I think the pilgrims and God will forgive you for eating a more healthy diet for the holidays!  Whoever said you have to eat crappy fattening foods for the holidays was a sugar junkee!

Here is a list of “fun” (ya, gaining weight is fun!) sized candies for Halloween.  Check out the carb contents for these itty bitty candies.  Taken from:  http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/carbcounts/a/candycalories.htm

Chocolate Bars and Kisses (Mostly Chocolate)

Dove Milk Chocolate Promises or wrapped squares (8 g) – 42 calories and 6 g carb

Hershey Kisses – 26 calories and 8 g carb each kiss

Hershey Kisses with Almonds – 23 calories and 2 g carb each kiss

Hershey Kisses filled with Caramel – 21 calories and 3 g carb each kiss

Hershey Candy Corn Kisses – 27 calories and 3 g carb each kiss

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars – Fun size (14 g) – 67 calories and 8 g carb

Hershey’s Miniature Bars (mixed) – average of 42 calories and 5 g carb each bar

M&Ms, plain, Fun size (18 g) – 88 calories and 12 g carb

M&Ms, peanut

  • Fun size (18 g) – 93 calories and 11 g carb
  • 1/4 cup candy – 220 calories and 24 g carb

Miniature Bars (Milky Way, Snickers, Twix, 3 Muskateers) – average 38 calories and 5 g carb each bar

Mr. Goodbar Snack size (17 g) – 90 calories and 9 grams carb

Nestle’s Crunch Bars Fun size (10 g) 50 calories and 7 grams carb

Nestle’s Crunch Caramel Bars – Fun size – 70 calories and 9 g carb

Palmer Peanut Butter cups, small – 6 g carb

Three Muskateers bar

  • Fun size (15 g) – 64 calories and 11 g carb
  • Mint, Fun size (15g) – 64 calories and 11 g carb

Tootsie Rolls

  • Small bar – 50 calories and 10 g carb
  • Midgee – 23 calories and 7 g carb
  • Mini-Midgees – 11 calories and 2 g carb

Peanut and Peanut Butter Candies

Pay Day – Snack size (19 g) – 90 calories and 10 g carb

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

  • Miniature (about 9 grams each) – 44 calories and 5 g carb per cup
  • Snack size (17 g) – 88 calories and 10 g carb
  • Snack size (21 g) – 100 calories and 12 g carb
  • White, Snack size (21 g) – 100 calories and 11 g carb

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins (34 g) – 180 calories and 17 g carb

Reese’s Crispy Crunchy Bar, Snack size (17 g) – 95 calories and 9 g carb

Reese’s Nutrageous Bars, Snack size (17 g) – 88 calories and 9 g carb

Reese’s Whipps Bar, Snack size (14 g) – 60 calories and 10 g carb

Mixed Candy Bars

100 Grand Bars

  • Fun size (11 g) – 50 calories and 8 g carb
  • Fun size (21 g) – 95 calories and 15 g carb

Almond Joy Snack size (15 g) – 80 calories and 10g carb

Baby Ruth Bar, Fun size (18 g each) – 85 calories and 13 g carb

Butterfinger Bar, Fun size (18 g each) – 85 calories 14 g carb

Butterfinger Crisp Bar, Snack size (20 g) – 100 calories and 13 g carb

Heath Bar, Snack size (13 g) – 74 calories and 9 g carb

Kit Kat, Fun size (14 g) – 73 calories and 9 g carb

Milky Way bar, Fun size (17 g) – 75 calories and 12 g carb

Mounds bars, Snack size (17 g) – 83 calories and 9 g carb

Rocky Road, Snack size (10 g) – 45 calories and 6 g carb

Snickers Bars, Fun size (17 g) – 80 calories and 10 g carb

Snickers Almond Bars, Fun size (17 g) – 80 calories and 11 g carb

Snickers Creme Pumpkin (1 oz) – 150 calories and 16 g carb

Take Five bar, Fun size (15 g) – 10 g carb

Twix, Snack size (10 g) – 50 calories and 7 g carb

Taffy and Caramel

AbbaZabba, small (12 g) 50 calories and 11 g carb

Charleston Chew bar, Fun size (10 g) – 45 calories and 8 g carb

Laffy Taffy, Chocolate, small bars (8 g each) – 32 calories and 7 g carb

Milk Duds Snack size (12 g) – 54 calories and 9 g carb

Milk Maid Caramels, Brach’s – 40 calories and 10 g carb per piece

Fruity and Gummy Candies

Jujyfruits – 9 pieces – 60 calories and 16 g carb

Lifesavers Gummies (2 rolls per ounce) – 52 calories and 13 g carb per roll

Mini Dots (2 small boxes per ounce) 70 calories and 17 g carb per box

Skittles

  • Original Fruit, Fun size (20 g) – 80 calories and 18 g carb
  • Chocolate Assortment, Fun size (20 g) – 80 calories and 18 g carb

Starburst, Fun size (2 pieces per stick) – 40 calories and 10 g carb

Twizzlers

  • Mini-bars (14 g) – 11 g carb
  • Strawberry Twists, Short (9 g) – 32 calories and 7 g carb
  • Cherry Pull-N-Peel (12 g) – 40 calories and 9 g carb

Hard Candies and Pops

Blow Pop, Junior – 50 calories and 14 g carb

Jolly Rancher

  • Hard Candy (6 g) – 23 calories and 6 g carb
  • Lollipops (17 g) – 60 calories and 16 g carb
  • Hard Candy Sticks, Small (11g) – 43 calories and 10 g carb
  • Double Blasts (4 g) – 13 calories and 3 g carb

Tootsie Pops – 60 calories and 15 g carb

Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops – 60 calories and 15 g carb

Wonka Nerds – small box (13 g) – 50 calories and 12 g carb

Other Candies

Candy Corn, Brach’s – 11 pieces – 70 calories and 18 g carb

Hot Tamales – small pkg (14 g) – 50 calories and 12 g carb

Jr. Mints, Fun size (10 g) – 50 calories and 12 g carb

Mike and Ike small box (14 g) – 50 calories and 12 g carb

Pop Rocks – small packet (10 g) – 7 g carb

Raisinettes, Fun size (16 g – about 16 pieces) – 56 calories and 11 g carb

Smarties Candy, Roll – 25 calories and 6 g carb

Whoppers

  • 1 small tube – 30 calories and 5 g carb
  • 1 small pouch (21 g) – 100 calories and 16 g carb

York Peppermint Patties

  • Regular small patty (14 g) – 53 calories and 11 g carb
  • Pink Peppermint Patties, small (14 g) – 53 calories and 11 g carb
  • Peppermint Patty Pumpkins (14 g) – 50 calories and 11 g carb

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