For some kids (and grownups), being surrounded by candy corn, Tootsie Rolls, Kisses, Hershey’s Miniatures, SweeTarts and Smarties is just yummy and uncomplicated. Not so with me. And I imagine, many of you.
I remember being very scared during the first Halloween after I stopped binge eating. I didn’t know if I could make it through without stuffing myself with all of the chocolate, cookies, cupcakes, whatever that were going to be surrounding me at work and at parties. I did make it–partly by avoiding my main trigger food, chocolate candy, partly by using some of the strategies that Michelle May, M.D., talked about in this great post. I’ve highlighted (and tweaked) a few of her bits of advice for you here. Hoping they’ll help you have a happy, guilt-free, stress-free Halloween!
- Eat fearlessly without guilt. We all know that guilt leads to more eating, not less, so let it goIf you love a certain treat, act like it.
- Enjoy those M&Ms (or in my case, that cupcake) one at a time, mindfully without distractions. And without pouring them into your mouth, if you can help it!
- Eat what you love. Skip the Smarties if they’re not your favorite and just have your real favorite treats. You can’t regret what you really enjoy.
[photo via chanchan222]