You know the situation. It’s a week after Halloween and you reach your hand into your candy bag to find it almost empty as you shudder at the thought of living out the rest of November without your daily fix. Your rations of Reese’s, Nerds, Blow Pops and the like have been severely depleted by your wandering hands and a protruding pudge that makes your jeans fit just a little too tightly. What do you do? I am the biggest offender of Halloween candy-mania, and I have been far too guilty of this situation year after year. So, I went to work on figuring out how I can enjoy the Halloween festivities without feeling like I’m becoming a Butterfinger myself.
Top Five Tips to Telling that Reese’s “No!”
- Think Small: When I was little, my Mom would limit our intake to one piece from our candy bags a day. This ensured that I wasn’t pigging out or missing school from a severe sugar-induced tummy ache. Though I don’t go trick or treating anymore, I keep the rule the same. This mindfulness, moderation and small indulgence ensure I’m enjoying my favorite candy and not overdoing it.
- Hold Off: Don’t buy your candy until October 31st. You may be thinking that your favorite candy will be gone, but that’s kind of the point. Without the temptation in front of you, the need will all but disappear and you won’t be snacking through all of October.
- Procrastinate: First of all, try to spend the least amount of time where your candy is. The cliché is true; out of sight, out of mind. If you are really feeling a yen for chocolate or those sour gummies, try doing some homework, going for a walk or calling up a friend. A lot of the time, a little procrastination is all you need for that yen to fade away.
- Work It, Girl: I know it’s not what anyone wants to hear, but the more calories you put in, the more exercise it takes to burn it off. So, if your feeling bloated from too many sweets, think about hitting the gym 10-15 minutes longer than usual. Goodbye guilt, hello rocking body!
- Live it Up: When it comes down to it, Halloween festivities take up about one month of the year, and a little candy never hurt anyone. So don’t freak out if you overindulge or fret if you finish the entire box of Peeps when you don’t even like Peeps. Tomorrow is a new day, filled with less Ghouls, Goblins, Ghosts and maybe just one last Reese’s.