Healthy Eating

How To Deal With All The Halloween Candy That Has Managed To Find Its Way In To Your House.

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Halloween candy seems to be the kryptonite of many a healthy eater.

There’s something about having a bunch of fun-sized candy bars just sitting around in your house that can make you feel a little….haunted (Halloween pun intended).

When you think about it, it’s really unfair. I mean, you were trying to be a good neighbor and provide ‘treats’ to the neighborhood children. After all, no one wants to be ‘that house’ where the kids get raisins.

So you tried to buy ‘fun’ candy - Twix bars, mini-Snickers, Kit-Kats, Starbursts - and you swore to yourself that it was JUST for the kids.

Well, now you’ve got a house full of candy.

Best case scenario: You buy your candy 10-minutes before the trick-or-treaters arrive, you have a steady stream of visitors all night long, and all your candy is gone by 9pm.

More often than not, though, you’re stuck with some leftover candy. Worse than that - everyone at work has brought in their leftover candy, so it’s laying around your office, too. There’s no escape.

Great. Really great.

How To Deal With Leftover Halloween Candy

1. Get it out of the house. Do this however you like. You can bring it to work, give it away or, if you can’t think of anything else to do with it, toss it. Whatever you do, though, do NOT ‘get it out of the house’ by…..eating it all.

2. Have some. Plan for it. Decide to eat it. Grant yourself 1 mini-Twix in the afternoon, or a mini-packet of M&Ms - whatever it is - but allow yourself to have it, look forward to it, and ENJOY it. If you make it too ‘off-limits’, you’re more likely to overindulge.

3. Hide it. If you don’t want to eat any, but you need to keep it in the house for your kids or roommates, your best bet - seriously - is to hide it. There is truth to the saying, ‘Out of sight, out of mind’.

Now, ‘hiding’ it is very different than ‘stashing some for later’. When I say, “hide it”, I mean put it in a cabinet towards the back, or put it in a bottom drawer. Try not to leave it in your field of vision - like sitting on the coffee table or right next to the TV.

If a co-worker has a bowl of candy on display - or if it’s scattered all over your workplace, this is going to be more difficult. Do whatever you can do to keep the candy out of your eye-line.

4. Outsmart it. It’s just some candy, right? You’re tooootally smarter than a peanutbutter cup. You’re stronger than a bag of skittles. You do not have to be ruled by candy just because it’s the end of October. Make a plan. Stock up on healthy alternatives. Find pride in your ability to control yourself and not give in to the call of the candy corn.

Finally, whenever you are faced with temptation of any kind, it’s always helpful to have a strong vision of what you’re trying to accomplish with your weight and your health. If you have images in your head of yourself running a marathon or sprinting up the stairs, or if you can see yourself fitting back into a particular dress - suddenly, a few twizzlers don’t seem quite worth it.

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