Risk Management Tip
Is October turning into more tricks than treats?
While Halloween may be synonymous with candy, research has shown that sugar may be turning our holiday smiles upside down. A study published in Public Health Journal followed nearly 9,000 people to study the link between depression and eating sugary sweets and fast food. After six years, those who ate the most junk faced a nearly 40 percent greater risk of developing depression, compared to those who shunned junk food the most. While we aren’t suggesting you give up these foods forever, here are a few useful tips to get your cravings under control so you can develop a healthy relationship with the sweet treat.
- Ice-cream addict: today and tomorrow, eat one serving and then give away or throw away the carton. Then, instead of keeping a stocked-up freezer at home, make it a point to drive out to a local ice cream shop to get it. After that, put in place stricter guidelines, such as limiting the sweet treat trips to Fridays and Saturdays.
- Soda or juice junkie: Sip the full-sugar variety today, but in a smaller bottle or can. Tomorrow or the day after, swap every other serving with ice water or seltzer water with a twist of lime.
- Dessert lover: Have your regular dessert today, but tomorrow opt for a fruit-based dessert like a baked apple or poached pear. The day after, step down to raw fruit, splurging on the varieties you like most, say, mangoes, berries, or purple or red grapes.