Day after Halloween: How to avoid those candy cravings at the office

PORTLAND, Ore. - The day after Halloween is one of the toughest willpower challenges of the year: It's when everyone brings their leftover candy to work.

And no matter how hard you try, you can't avoid it.

So, how do you stay away?

First, check the calories in that tiny little piece of chocolate. A mini Snickers bar, for example, has 80 calories. That may not seem like much but those are extra calories, and it's hard to stop at one.

According to clinical exercise physiologist Kimberly Berg, it'll take at least 15 minutes to burn those calories off on an elliptical.

Nutritionist Megan Roosevelt is an expert in dietary discipline. She says it "takes practice and time to have good willpower" to refuse the candy.

She says start thinking about your health goals. For example, do you want to lose weight or get healthy to have energy to keep up with your kids?

Then, find a buddy at work and team up to stick to your goals.

Also, eat real food at work every three to four hours to keep your blood sugar even and keep your cravings low.

Bring healthy snacks like fruit or trail mix to eat instead of the candy. If you want candy, bring your own dark chocolate or choose candy without the following ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, hydrogenated oil, food dyes and artificial sweeteners.

"They provide nothing for us," says Roosevelt, adding that those ingredients, and even just the sugar, can hurt you.

"Sugar can suppress your immune system (and) make you more susceptible to sickness, cold and flu," she says.

Other tips: try making an office rule saying "no candy." And when that doesn't work, you can sell your candy to local dentists who are donating the candy to the troops. Find the buyback dentists near you here.