Although I am well aware of the strong influence of sugar on the reward center in our brain, I am not a believer in banning all sugar. It just causes more cravings. Allowing sugar, on your terms is the way to manage eating sweets without having a candy binge.
Every store is filled with many kinds of Halloween candies now. If you are visually cued (and many of us are), this is tough to pass up. So here are a few tips to get you through the Trick-or-Treat season:
- Don’t stock up in advance. Wait until right before Halloween to buy your candy. They might not have your favorites… exactly!
- That leads me to the next… buy the candy you least like. It’s not for you. It’s for the trick-or-treaters.
- But, carefully choose something you do like, maybe one regular-sized candy bar or a small bag of fun-sized bars. This is your treat to savor on Halloween.
- If you have children, model savoring one piece slowly and putting the rest away for another time. Remind your children (and yourself) that treats are okay when you eat nourishing food too.
- If past memories of Halloween bring back bingeing on mounds of candy, remind yourself to stay in this present moment and truly enjoy your chosen candy. Open up the wrapper slowly, smell the aroma, put it in your mouth and slowly savor that morsel of sweetness.
- And as always, don’t settle. Don’t pick a Milky Way when you really want a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. That doubly goes for mindlessly eating Nerds because your child left them on the counter. Out of sight, out of mind. Put the leftovers away.
This marks the beginning of the holiday season. It’s a time for fun, joy, family and friends. I will be giving you tips and advice to get through the season, filled with an abundance of food. If you have a particular question, concern or holiday eating problem, you can send me a message in the box below and I will answer it in a future blog post. Anonymously, of course.