I Want Candy!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but Halloween has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays. As a kid, the idea of dressing up as someone (or something else), going out with all my friends, and eating my body weight in candy was pure heaven. And now as a mom I still look forward to that holiday. But even though I’m not putting as much effort into my costume (my kids are always decked out though), I still have that child-like giddiness inside me at the thought of eating the majority of my children’s Halloween candy after they go to bed (don’t worry they’re only 2 and 1 so they don’t realize their candy is gone in the morning).

 

But there’s a few things I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older when it comes to this specific holiday: 1) I can’t eat nearly as much candy as I could when I was 10 without feeling terrible after, and 2) I don’t have a child’s metabolism that just burns off all those candy calories by the next day. So what do I do? Do I deprive myself of candy because I can’t keep up with the kids these days? Or do I gorge myself so bad that I look like Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the end of the night?

How about neither!

Look, I know self control is always a hard thing to do, especially when candy is involved and even more so when you’re on a diet. Diets and holiday never quite seem to mix. You’re on the right track with your weight loss, your exercise routine is on point, and your meal plan has been almost perfect. But then you realize Halloween is right around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and finally New Year’s, and you’re thinking to yourself, “how am I possibly supposed to make it through the next few months without my willpower crumbling?”

And you want to know the answer to that? You give in a little at each holiday. I’m not saying you splurge and devour everything in sight because “it’s a holiday!” (trust me that excuse doesn’t work), but rather enjoy a little bit of each holiday. For Halloween, tell yourself that you’re going to let yourself have two candy bars, and on Thanksgiving you’re going to let yourself have that slice of pumpkin pie. Being too strict with your diet is what leads to binging (SEE http://fightingfitaz.com/2015/08/01/the-cheat-meal-is-a-big-fat-lie-but/), but indulging just a little bit every now and then is a good thing. Especially when it comes to Halloween, because I’ll be damned if someone is going to try and tell me I can’t enjoy a Baby Ruth and Milky Way chocolate bar!

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