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One Trick to Working Off All Those Treats on Halloween

women at Shamrockn in costume
While experts still debate the relationship between sugar and cancer, they still agree that consumption of sugar may increase the risk of cancer through weight gain and the presence of Diabetes.

So how do you resist the urge to eat all of those “fun size” candies before you pass them out this Halloween? You don’t.

Sugar cravings can be be explained several ways. Our brains love the rush of Serotonin that sugar provides; a high-carb diet signals our bodies to crave sugar; and a protein or iron deficiency may contribute as well–according to Laura Kunces, PhD, RD.

The one trick to working off all those treats on Halloween is this: register for a race. You can start with a 5k or 10k and work your way up to a half marathon. You don’t need to run either! Walking at a brisk pace does the same job as running if you go twice as far.

Triumph Cancer Foundation puts exercise front and center in their cancer recovery programs. One of their programs, Triumph to 5k, is highly successful in training Survivors to run or walk their first race. Triumph partners with Fleet Feet’s No Boundaries program and others, like running coach, Alan Roush, to spread the love of running.

The Blue Diamond Almonds Shamrock’n Half Marathon Weekend registration is open now and the entry fee is only $40 for the 5k or 10k! (Prices increase Nov 30.) Triumph Cancer Foundation is the beneficiary of this race weekend. 100% of participant donations and a portion of the race proceeds benefit cancer survivors in the Sacramento region.

So eliminate the guilt of eating the last Snicker bar by registering for Shamrock’n–knowing that you are actually benefiting cancer survivors and caring for yourself by training for a super-fun race.

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