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Curiosity and Candy: Helpful Halloween Tips to Save a Sweet Tooth


Know what’s in those buckets and bags? Why they go door-to-door like sugar-crazed lunatics? Why they nudge one another off front stoops in an effort to be the first to reach into the bowl?

It’s all about the candy.

Let’s face it – for a kid candy is the beginning, middle, and end of Halloween. Sure the costumes are nice, but they’re only a means to a chocolate-covered, sticky, delicious end. The toughest part for me, as their dad, is to curtail their candy intake because, well, I’m also a candy fiend.

Give me all your Reese’s peanut butter cups. I’ll eat as many Hershey bars as I can get my hands on. I’ll do battle with 3 Musketeers and Junior Mints never live long enough to become seniors, because I’ll devour them. But HEAVEN HELP YOU if you give me or my family Butterfingers or candy corn.

The point is, I like candy just as much as my kids so it’s tough to tell them to knock it off with the candy when I’m simultaneously emptying it into my gullet.

But what I can do to battle the $2.7 billion Americans will spend on Halloween candy this year is make sure their oral health habits even out the candy insurgence that’s about to take place. How?

  • Brush and floss twice a day, especially after eating
  • Brush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Use a soft toothbrush
  • Floss with dental floss
  • Only give Tommy (under 3) a grain of rice-sized amount of toothpaste
  • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for Sam (3-6) to minimize swallowing

You can read more tips here. And here’s a cool infographic.

This is a sponsored post. I am collaborating with the CHPA (Consumer Health Products Association) Educational Foundation and knowyourOTCs.org. I was compensated for this post but as always, my opinions are my own.

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Pepto-Bismol, Where Have You Been All My Life?

2016-01-18 15.19.00This might be hard to believe, but I went 36+ years without trying Pepto-Bismol. In related news, I am a complete idiot.

You’re probably thinking “how the hell have you never had Pepto before, and why not?” I don’t blame you, it’s a valid question. Especially since, if you know me, you know looking at me is a tipoff that I love to eat. And I love to eat crap, because crap tastes better than healthy food. I’m just always a little late to the party.

I didn’t have mac & cheese until I was 17 years old. I didn’t try Thai food until I was in my early 20s. Heck, I only had eggnog for the first time three years ago and overindulgence of eggnog is one of the main reasons I ended up trying Pepto-Bismol.

Circle of life, I guess. Or at least the cycle of indigestion.

But for the purposes of this story, all you need to know is I love to eat food that tastes great but isn’t great for you. And as I careen toward middle age, I’m finding the stuff that isn’t good for me is starting to wreak havoc on my insides. There is no other time of year when this is more true than the holiday season. From Thanksgiving’s apple pies to my annual Christmas eggnog binge, I’m simultaneously thrilled to be near such delicious food, yet petrified to get too far from a bathroom.

Yup, that’s right. I’m being paid to write about my diarrhea. Livin’ the dream.

I don’t want to get too graphic, but this couldn’t have come at a better time. Seriously. #PinkRelief #ad

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The bottom line is Pepto-Bismol has had a positive impact on my bottom this holiday season. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a cure-all or anything. I still eat more than I should and pay the price, but Pepto-Bismol has helped me mitigate the damage. It soothes my angry stomach, staves off trips to the bathroom, and provides much-appreciated support to my ravaged digestive tract.

I now stock Pepto-Bismol at my house, my parents’ house, and my office. I’ve even started carrying around an emergency bottle with me in my work backpack. And with a 40-minute commute via train every day without an available bathroom, Pepto-Bismol has already saved me from certain humiliation (and the person sitting next to me from having the worst commuter story of all time).

So even though I’m late to the party, I’m celebrating the fact that I finally have a bit of relief. I mean, I could just eat healthier but…c’mon. Let’s get serious!

Pepto-Bismol provided me with some samples of its product, as well as compensation for writing this post. Which is ironic since I usually post about my bodily functions at no charge. All opinions — as well as embarrassing stories about fecal matter — are 100% my own.

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