I have mixed feelings about Halloween. I love the trick-or-treaters in their little costumes. I hate the Halloween sweets. All that candy just sitting in a bowl, taunting me all night. It’s truly a Halloween fright. Especially for women who are watching how much sugar and junk they eat. The Halloween sweets bowl is just too tempting. And the candy is small, so it doesn’t count? Right?
Wrong. The candy in the Halloween sweets bowl does count. But it doesn’t have to get the best of you! Over the years, I have discovered three tips that keep me from eating the candy before I can give it to the kids (and trust me, there were years when I ate most of the candy and those poor little witches and astronauts didn’t get any from me). I’m happy to report I haven’t had any Halloween sweets in the last 3 years! So, here are the tips:
1. Buy Halloween sweets that you don’t like.
That may seem obvious, but it was truly an eye opener to me when I thought of it as a strategy. I used to always buy the candy I loved (Snickers bars), and eat it before Halloween (see tip 2). Then one year as I was at the store, already feeling bad about myself because I knew I’d eat all the candy, I noticed the Skittles. I don’t like Skittles. Never have. But my niece and nephew loved them. And it dawned on me—I could give out candy that the kids like, but that I don’t like. They’re happy and I’m not tempted.
2. Keep the Halloween sweets in your car.
Ideally, this tip would really be not to buy the candy until Halloween day. But all the good candy is gone by then. So, if you feel you need to buy the Halloween sweets early so that you get the good stuff, keep it in your car. There is no rule that says it has to come into your house until Halloween evening. The days are cool enough now that it won’t melt. It will be just fine in your trunk, really. And if it isn’t in your house, you won’t eat it.
3. Throw out the extra.
This is probably the hardest tip, but boy is it important. When the last little trick-or-treator has left with her treasure, march over to your trash can and throw out any leftover candy. Just dump it. Be gone with it. Don’t take it to the office—nobody there wants it either. Put it in the trash. You will feel liberated (I love throwing out unhealthy foods) and you won’t be tempted in the middle of the night or for the next few days.
So, there you have it. The three things I do every year to make sure Halloween doesn’t derail my healthy eating. Enjoy the costumes!