The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care Reminds People to Keep Halloween Fun and Healthy

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Fighting the Rising Obesity Epidemic with Healthy Halloween Tips and Treats

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In the case of Halloween, there is often too much candy, sugar, corn syrup, artificial preservatives and other non-nutritious ingredients in these grab bags for trick-or-treaters.

The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care (http://www.khalilicenter.com/), a one-of-a-kind medical practice offering a comprehensive approach to weight loss surgery, with tools and support to help people transform their lives, announces its effort to help people have a fun - and healthy - Halloween.

With the rising obesity epidemic in our nation, and the ever-approaching holidays (including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's), all of which seem to revolve around food, people have an appetite, so to speak, for staying healthy -- and keeping their respective families healthy, too.

"In the case of Halloween, there is often too much candy, sugar, corn syrup, artificial preservatives and other non-nutritious ingredients in these grab bags for trick-or-treaters. Eating too many sweets may, over time, increase your risk for developing the top chronic diseases in our nation like heart disease, diabetes and cancer," says Misti K. Gueron, MS, RD, of The Khalili Center For Bariatric Care

Even worse, eating too many sweets on a particular holiday can increase your palate preference for sweeter foods the following days, setting you off track right when the holiday season begins.

Candy, which is the principal focus of Halloween, is the second largest culprit of sugar intake in our country next to soda.

Instead, try these Khalili Center-approved Healthy Halloween Tips to keep yourself on track:

1. Keep your usual healthy routine for the day. Be sure to get your exercise in and hydrate with at least 8-10 cups of water. Exercise and good hydration have been shown to help minimize unhealthy cravings.

2. Eat at regular meal times and include a protein rich food at each meal. Protein has been shown to improve mood and energy production thereby minimizing unhealthy sugar cravings.

3. The average American consumes more than double the recommended sugar intake. Pick a favorite holiday treat and stick to having one. Quality over quantity is a new concept for many people. Teach yourself this practice, and share it with your family and friends.

4. When all else fails, try some sugar-free chewing gum. Chewing anything has been shown to increase your body’s natural “feel-good hormones” like serotonin.

In our food-obsessed culture, be a trendsetter and redirect your attention to include healthy activities and celebrations with friends this holiday season. Wear a fun outrageous costume and really create a buzz this Halloween!

About The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care

The Khalili Center for Bariatric Care is a unique medical practice that takes a comprehensive and personalized approach to weight loss surgery. The Khalili Center surgeons have successfully performed over 5,000 weight loss surgery procedures. The Center offers a full service after-care program with many facets such as support groups, special patient events, and dietary services, ensuring patients have the help they need throughout their weight loss journey. For more information about the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care, please visit http://www.khalilicenter.com.

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