For some kids (and grownups), being surrounded by candy corn, Tootsie Rolls, Kisses, Hersheyâ€™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 didnâ€™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. Iâ€™ve highlighted (and tweaked) a few of her bits of advice for you here. Hoping theyâ€™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 theyâ€™re not your favorite and just have your real favorite treats. You canâ€™t regret what you really enjoy.
[photo via chanchan222]