Surviving the sugar rush after Halloween

Halloween is the kind of holiday kids dream about.

Going door to door collecting enough candy to give even Frankenstein's monster a sugar rush.

But, now that the treats have been collected, and the goblins have shed their costumes, what's a parent to do to keep her kids from bouncing off the walls?

"What we try to teach is to make reasonable choices," says Christ Hospital Dietitian Kathy Blessinger.

We spoke with dietitians to get the skinny on all those calories, and came away with tips to survive the days after Halloween.

>BE A ROLE MODEL.

"If you only want them eating a few pieces of candy, just eat a few pieces of candy yourself," says UC Hospital Dietitian Carrie Smith. "If you're over-indulging, your child will do the same, regardless of what you're telling them."

>LIMIT THE TREATS

"Maybe 3 to 5 pieces of candy a day," Smith says. "That's how many they get to eat. Set that up and stick to that each day."

By the way, that's the little pieces, not the big ones, says Blessinger.

One full sized Snickers bar is equivalent to three of the "fun sized" smaller bars, she says.

>ONLY SAVE THE GOOD STUFF

"The ones they don't like," says Smith, "either pitch, or take them to work for your co-workers."

>MAKE SURE KIDS EAT A HEALTHY MEAL BEFORE THEY GET INTO THE CANDY

"So when they have that piece of candy," Smith says, "it truly is a treat."

Now for the disclaimer: making rules about candy may be the best thing for your kids, but it probably won't win you any popularity contests, if the dietitians' experience is any guide.

"Nobody comes to our house," says Smith.

"I've been (in the same home) for 25 years," laments Blessinger. "I've had 3 trick or treaters."

Nobody said it was easy.
 

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