Halloween Hangover: The act of being sick from eating too much candy.

Follow These 4 Tips to Get Back on Track;

  1. Understand HOW sugar affects your body.
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2. Plan Ahead.

  • Have a game plan- trust me, there is no candy shortage. Candy is sold 365 days/year, so you don’t need to overindulge just because of a “holiday”.
  • Plan out your meals. You’ve heard the saying “failing to plan is planning to fail”. Have a healthy dinner planned before/after taking the kids trick-or-treating so you don’t fill up on sugar.
  • Try some of these healthy recipes to get a sweet fix without the added sugars.

3. Enjoy in MODERATION.

  • You don’t need to restrict yourself. Often times eliminating certain foods or food groups will lead to binging on the “forbidden” items and leave you wanting it even more. Go ahead, sit down, and enjoy a piece of candy. Try to avoid mindless eating in front of a computer screen, TV, or on the go. We tend to eat as much as 25% or more calories  when we are distracted!

4. Get Moving! 

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Published by Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of functionallysimplenutrition.com. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition. Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news. In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals. Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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