You knew I was going to go there. With Halloween on the horizon and the willpower to resist set for impending doom, I had to do a post about limiting the Halloween candy. It is not just a problem for the kiddies. The sugar high hits adults pretty hard. I know by the end of the night I have dripped into my kids treat bag one to many times. For me even if I hide the candy away it calls to me… Whispers in that seductive mini-chocolate bar voice. “I’m right here..in the cabinet. They kids are asleep… they will never know.”
It is my own version of a Telltale Heart in candy. The voice gets louder and louder till unknowingly my hands are drawn to the candy bag before I can stop them. When I come to and realize what I have done, I stand amongst a counter of candy wrapper shrapnel. The sad remains of the sugar and excess calories I have consumed. Don’t be like me! Stop the evil candy demon from possessing your mind. Here are some strategies I plan on trying in the hopes of keeping the siren song of the Baby Ruth, Tootsie Roll, and Milky Way, at bay.
- Don’t open the bag!- As I have said before, I am an “all or nothing” type of person. Once I start on the slippery road of sugar, it is usually a quick down hill slide that continues till I hit rock bottom…or the bottom of the treat bag.
- Drink water– Ok, I know it is not a replacement for chocolate but, if I drink enough water, the feeling of fullness might make it to uncomfortable to eat candy.
- Wear tight clothes– Again the discomfort of tight clothing might trick me mentally into not wanting to eat any candy.
- Set up a non-food reward– If I go the night without eating candy I will by myself new shoes!!! ( Hey, this one might actually work!)
- Distraction, out of sight out of mind – Tell my family not to let me eat the candy, have them hide it when we come home. (Ok, I know this one is a long shot.)