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Three Ways to Avoid Eating Too Much Easter Candy

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This is a tough time of year for me because I’m trying to be good, but I love jellybeans and even harder because my nephews will be visiting this weekend and I’ve got a ridiculous amount of Easter candy in my home. I swear it’s secretly been whispering “eat me, eat me.” So far I’ve been good, but weakness could strike at any moment.

If you’ve got little people that you’re making Easter baskets for our if you keep having to pull your hand away from the goodies at the store, “Self” magazine has a list of easy ways to keep yourself from pigging out on Easter candy this weekend. Here are the top three ways:

#1.) Only Eat Candy You Love. Reward yourself with your favorites, and skip the filler. So if you just KIND OF like jelly beans, don’t eat any. They’re empty calories, and there’s not much payoff (which is sad for me since they’re my favorite).

#2.) Avoid Candy with “Partially Hydrogenated Oil”. That’s code for trans fat, which raises your “bad” cholesterol and lowers your “good” cholesterol. If you haven’t bought candy yet, check the label before you put it in your cart.

#3.) Make Sure You Don’t Have Leftovers. Ok, that doesn’t mean you should buy a ton of candy and eat it all. What that means is that you should just buy enough and if you do have some left over, either throw it away or take it to work and share it.

Just to give you an idea of what you’re up against, here are a few popular Easter candies, and what they cost you in calories:

  • One Marshmallow Peep has 32 calories, and a Peep covered in dark chocolate has 55.
  • One Jelly Belly has four calories.
  • One Cadbury Creme Egg has 150 calories, and ten of the mini versions have 158.
  • One Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg has 180 calories.
  •   And if you curl up on the couch and eat an entire Chocolate Bunny, you’re looking at around 600 calories- if it’s four ounces and hollow. If it’s seven ounces of solid milk chocolate, that’s easily over 1,000 calories.

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