*This article isn’t for everyone. I’m all for having a good time. But when you’re starting out on a program and struggling to get traction. You have to Put your Big Girl pants on and say NO! to temptation. And I want you to succeed as much as you do. So let’s continue-
I’m willing to bet that parents consume more candy around Halloween season that kids do. Kids have us to regulate their consumption (aside from the few pieces we know they sneak) but who do we have? Our sugar tooth.
There is candy everywhere this time of year, begging you to eat it. You steal a piece of candy from your kids’ loot in the middle of the night, pop a piece in your mouth with you put a few in the kid’s lunches. Not to mention the parties: the cookies your son or daughter brings home from school, the endless treats in the office break room and the candy bowls sitting out on everyone’s desks ripe for the taking.
Before you know it, you’ve got a stomach ache, a sugar rush, and you still want more.
Here are a few ways to avoid the Halloween candy pitfalls and stay on track:
Don’t Buy Candy You Like
Kids like candy no matter what it is, so when you shop for trick or treaters, load up on candy you don’t find tempting. If you prefer chocolate, buy fruity, or vice versa. Like both? Go for sour.
Don’t Buy Candy at All
I know it sounds insane, but more and more parents are opting to forgo the candy, and do the kids, and themselves a favor by offering healthy treats, or non edible items, like granola bars, dried fruits, crackers, pencils, stickers and toys. If its not around, you can’t eat it, and you’ll be helping the health of kids in your neighborhood, too.
Give it to a Good Cause
Hopefully, the fact that your kid’s candy is their’s is enough to keep you from picking through it, but if you are still tempted, tell them to pick out their favorite 5,10,15, whatever amount of peices and that you are going to donate the rest. You can drop it off at a food bank, or send it over seas to the troops. You’ll teach your kids a valuable lesson, and eliminate any over indulgence.
By Any Means Necessary
If you over shopped and have a huge bowl of candy laying around, you have to get it out of the house. Send it to work with your partner, give it to a neighbor, or if worse comes to worse, throw it out. You already paid for it, so your money is gone. What’s more of a waste: throwing out some candy, or eating it and ruining all of your hard work?
Basically, if it’s not around, you can’t eat it. A little bit of candy around Halloween is almost necessary, but mindlessly eating candy just because its around isn’t an excuse- and can add up faster than you can imagine. Get it out of your sight, and you’ll get it out of your mind. Remember if you eat it you’ll have to wear it.