Fitness Fridays: How to enjoy Halloween -- almost guilt-free

Not everyone has the self-control they should ... so here's a compromise for those of us who WANT to be healthy, but just can't do without at least a treat or two!

(Did the senders of the advice below know about my chocoholism?)

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This is strictly a case of getting the advice you want to hear! Who can resist this advice from

Some Ways Candy Can Fight Disease and Weight Gain:

1.      Go to the Dark Side: A new study backs up the best excuse ever to eat a Milky Way Midnight: People who ate a little chocolate every day were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, according to the study in the European Heart Journal. Pick a piece of dark chocolate the size of a Hershey's Kiss. (ed note: that's a SMALL piece!)

2.      Scare Up a Daily Splurge: Fans of fruity candy, rejoice! It's not all about chocolate anymore. People who eat confections of any kind have a lower body-mass index and a smaller waist than their candy-skipping pals, researchers at Louisiana State University find. Balancing healthy eating with the occasional treat is key.

Examples of guilt-free treats for under 200 calories

1.      4 Dove Dark Chocolate Promises = 168 calories. You get the benefit of dark chocolate's antioxidant boost, plus inspiring motivational messages to get you in the mood to party.

2.      22  Tasty Brand Organic Fruit Snacks = 150 calories. Sweet and satisfying with no artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup.

3.      2 Dum Dums = 50 calories. You've been sucking on these gluten-free lollipops since you were a kid. Only decision? Cotton Candy vs. Cream Soda.

OK - don't mind if I do. These are guidelines that I'm happy to follow. Happy Halloween! Enjoy!

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