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How to eat Halloween CandyHappy Halloween! Whether you’re taking little ones out trick or treating, headed to a party, or staying home and passing out candy (or staying home and keeping the lights off– no judgement, I’ve done it) I hope you have an enjoyable evening.

My little family and I are headed out to a party this evening, and I couldn’t be more excited about baby’s first Halloween! I know he doesn’t care, but I can’t wait to see him in his little costume. I’ll post pictures on the facebook page later tonight.

Regardless of your plans this evening, it’s likely that you will encounter (and probably already have encoutered) massive quantities of candy this season.

So what’s a person trying to make healthy choices to do?

Well, there are lots of ideas out there on how to avoid eating Halloween candy: only buy the stuff you don’t like, keep it out of sight out of mind, get rid of the leftovers asap… and those things may work.

But instead of focusing on not eating the candy, I’m going to talk about what to do when you do eat a piece or two of Halloween candy, because chances are, you will. So let’s just all be ok with that right now.

So here’s what to do when you do eat the candy:

1. Be choosy about your candy: What is up with those peanut butter taffies? Do they still hand those nasties out? They did when I was a kid. But my point is, if you’re going to eat a piece of candy, make sure it’s one that you really really really really really want (That’s 5 “really”s). Make sure it’s worth the experience for you, not just something you tolerate.

2. Drop the guilt and stress: I can’t tell you the number of times I used to eat something while thinking “oh my gosh, I shouldn’t be eating this” and feeling so guilty and stressed the whole time. The fact is, the stress of the situation is probably more damaging to you than the fun sized snickers bar could ever be. And when you’re feeling stressed and guilty about it, chances are you won’t even enjoy it, which brings me to…

3. Savor the experience fully: Have you ever pounded down and entire handful of m&m’s just to realize that you don’t remember eating them at all? It leaves you wanting even more, doesn’t it? What if instead you focused solely on the task of enjoying your treat? Let it melt in your mouth, taste it fully, enjoy it slowly, focus on the crunch, the taste, the texture. If you’re the kind of person who always wants more when you have one, see what happens if you eat just one this way. I’ll bet you’ll feel satisfied enough to not want more.

4. Let it go: No, I’m not going to burst out into song, and unlike every 7 year old girl I know I am not dressing up as a character from Frozen. Letting it go means once you’ve had your treat, move on. Don’t feel guilty about it afterwards, or try to “make up” for it. If you’re generally eating well and taking care of your body, in the grand scheme of things, a small treat is really pretty insignificant.

I hope these tips help you enjoy your season more fully, without being scared of the candy. After all, there are things worth being scared about, (like clowns) but Halloween candy isn’t one of them.

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Ashley Palmer
Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Ashley loves her son, her husband, and lifting heavy things then putting them back down repeatedly. She is a nutrition, fitness and weight loss coach and blogs at www.youtrition.net.

 

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