Has the Halloween candy made it into your house yet?
My little guys had back to back Halloween parties yesterday and came home with enough candy to give out to my entire neighborhood. In the next 7 days, we have another 4 parties to go to. The candy’s not going anywhere.
Before kids, Halloween candy was never an issue because I just didn’t buy it. But as one of my clients put it, “me and the candy are just gonna have to co-exist” which is so true…Along with the animal crackers, Pirate’s Booty, pretzels, cookies, and other snacks we will continue to have in the house…
What I’ve learned since practicing more awareness when it comes to my relationship with food, is that having a few pieces of candy just because it’s there, typically leads to wanting more, and then eating more, and then feeling like garbage. Knowing that I’m going to end up feeling like shit, helps me skip it, MOST of the time….
Believe me, there were times when I couldn’t have anything in my house. Peanut butter? Forget it. Not only would I have to throw it away, I would have to spray Windex on it so I wouldn’t reach in the trash and eat more…Baked goods? Cookies, brownies? Nope. Had to eliminate them immediately….or I would eat them all while searching for the diet I was going to start on Monday.
Once I stopped restricting myself so much, the feeling that the cookies were “calling my name” or the fact that I couldn’t stop thinking about them, started to fade….and I know some of you are like “yeah, right, it’s not fading for me” – I get it. I’ve been there too. For me it took a lot of practice in really paying attention to how certain foods made me feel, becoming aware of why I was eating things when I wasn’t hungry – was it out of boredom, habit, hunger and dropping the guilt that came along with eating things that I once considered “bad”…
That’s not to say that I won’t have a few pieces here and there, but when I do, I will not mindlessly unwrap and shovel them in. I’ll make a conscious effort to at least taste it, and enjoy it…and you better believe it will be something that I really want, not some random jolly rancher!
And just a gentle reminder that “bite size” can very easily turn into “King size” 😉
So, tell me…what do you plan on doing with your kids candy? Take it to work? Throw it away? Keep a bit for them? Let me know!
Happy (early) Halloween!