This is the start of the slippery slope that is the entire holiday season. If you start October with pure, empty sugar… you are setting yourself up for a very rocky road through November and December, and all the holiday celebrations.
For so many of us, the feeling of the holidays is tied in to the food, the treats, the fun of it all. This is the obstacle I’ve been working on for a few years now. I remind myself that the joy of the holidays is about the people and the events and not the food. Mostly true, and good to remember. Instead of looking at the plates of snacks or the platters of delicious food, look around at your friends and loved ones. Look at the decorations. Look at all the things you miss while being so distracted by the food. (Whether you’re eating it or not.) I’ve often obsessed about it much more when I’m not eating it.
Still, some of the joy is actually the food. I think that’s okay. Just eat the food on the day of the event. Eat normal human amounts. And get right back on your plan the next day. This is my plan, anyway.
And it could work with Halloween too. The one day of Halloween is not going to ruin all your hard work. It’s the whole month, starting especially from whenever you stock up on big bags of candy. Everyone I know who has issues with food, will open those bags within 24 hours of co-habitating with them. I’ve bought more than one round many times and still ended up with nothing for “trick or treaters” on Halloween.
How are we supposed to resist temptation time and time again? How do we resist the urge to just pocket a few of those “fun sized” candy bars “just in case” the day turns out crappy… Obviously, none of us have them in our homes, so taking one or two couldn’t do too much damage, right?
I’m here to say, Yes, it can! Open the door to Halloween candy just a crack and you will increase it’s power and reduce your strength to resist.
You will also literally reduce your strength. Sugar saps strength! Plus, I have found that sugar consumption increases in direct proportion to vegetable reduction.
I’m starting my own little campaign right now. I’m taking a pledge.
“No Halloween candy shall pass my lips this season. I will strike down the desire, craving, urge, temptation whenever it arises. I will reject, refuse, and politely decline all offers of free or cheap candy. I will remember that none of that stuff is actually food and that it hurts my body when I eat it. I will gain strength from completing this month’s challenge and will be able to stay healthy throughout the rest of the holiday season.”
Candy is not the boss of me. (Not even Candy Corns!) My cravings are not the boss of me.
Who’s with me?! We can do this! Let’s meet our fitness goals during the entire holiday season! How hard will that rock?!
I made a blog badge for myself and if anyone wants grab it and join me, please do! Let’s keep each other motivated. It’s really about Eating Clean, so even if you are just aiming to eat healthy and your issue isn’t sugar and candy, feel free to play.
I have lots of ideas to keep it fun. At least a giveaway or two and maybe even a special treat for everyone who gives it a go. If you don’t have a blog, just leave a comment here and let me know you’re in.
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