It's 9:00 p.m. and the exodus of Trick or Treaters have left you and your now sleeping children alone on this cold, dark Halloween night. The only light visible is the blue-ish glow coming from the television and the single light over your kitchen stove.
All of a sudden, you feel its presence. A nagging constant subliminal tap-tap-tapping coming from the day-glo orange plastic squash stares you down. It sits there silently, waiting. You've welcomed it in: Halloween Candy.
The kids are asleep and won't know. In fact, they aren't called "Fun Size" for nothing, right? Each piece is so small...barely one bite. Couldn't do much harm.
Leftover Halloween candy can be the beginning of a long and highly caloric "holiday season". Typically, households get twice as much candy in return as they give out. What really do you plan on doing with it all? For one-quarter of the year (late October thru early January), most of the celebrations we attend focus around food. If you have any plan on maintaining (or losing) weight over the next three months consider putting some of these tips into place.
1. Eat well. Don't let Halloween become the beginning of a slippery slope. Make sure you are eating well in between celebrations and don't give in to the "because it's the holidays" excuse. This excuse can be applied anywhere...anytime and will only work against you.
2. You didn't earn it. Sorry. I know hosting family is an exhausting (mentally and physically) task. Baking for neighbors and church gatherings. And shopping...ugh. Don't get me started on the stress of holiday shopping. So why reward yourself (which typically is with something good) with things that are filled with ingredients that are bad for you? It doesn't make sense. If you are going to reward yourself for your hard work, efforts (and patience), give yourself something that really is good for you. Take yourself out to a nice healthy lunch. Treat yourself to a movie. Go get a pedicure. Go to a bookstore, browse and buy yourself something.
3. Keep your mouth minty fresh! If you are hosting an internal battle between going to town with that day-glo pumpkin/candy carry-all and resisting, try brushing your teeth, using minty fresh mouthwash or chewing a minty piece of gum. You will be less likely to pop a sweet piece of candy, pie or cake into your mouth.
4. If you don't think you'll be able to stop after one piece, don't start. You have to be in tune with your body and mind. Know and respect your limits. If you really think stopping at one piece is going to be hard, try a different approach. Find a different option. Make homemade popcorn (not buttery microwave) and sprinkle Tabasco or a little cinnamon over it. By completely avoiding your trigger, you will have a better chance of making it past the urge to indulge.