Posted on November 4, 2014 · Posted in Healthful Eating Tips, Weight Loss Tips

photo-7I love Halloween.  I loved watching the children arrive at the front door full of excitement to get some candy to place in their jack-o-lanterns on Friday.  Their costumes were colorful, scary, cute, funny and creative. It was so much fun to hear little ones say, Trick or Treat.

When I was a child on Halloween, as soon as school was out for the day, my sister, Arleen and I started on our journey collecting candy.  I couldn’t wait to get home and see what I had gathered.

Arleen and I would dump our candy on the floor and count up how many of our favorite candies we had.  Then we would go to town and start eating candy until bed.  Our mother would join right in.  We also had candy left over in the house from the bags that were bought to give away.  It started the holiday season of eating more sugar than any of us needed.  But that was the tradition in my house.

So I started to think about the left over candy that I have indulged in over the years after handing out candy to the kids.  I always bought more bags than I needed and I always bought my favorites, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Hershey milk chocolate bars with almonds.   I would begin eating just one each day and then it would become two or three. After all, the candy is packaged in smaller pieces at Halloween.

Eventually there would be maybe seven or eight pieces left and I immediately rationalized that if I ate them all, they would be gone and I wouldn’t be tempted any longer.  So what do you think I did?  I ate them all.  Then I was filled with guilt and promised I would start a diet the following Monday.

After following my last diet nine years ago and maintaining my ideal weight, I knew I had to change my eating patterns, especially around the holiday season.  At first I tried willpower but I learned the hard way that temptation is just as strong as willpower.  So once willpower weaned, temptation kicked in as I allowed myself to indulge in more candy than I needed.

What I learned was eating two or three pieces of candy is better than not eating any.  Then I didn’t feel deprived and I enjoyed a couple bites of sweetness.  If I am tempted for more and there is a lot of candy left over, I give it away.  So I can say I truly enjoyed Halloween without the dreaded weight gain.

More to come during the Thanksgiving Holiday.