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The Scariest Month of the Year…

By on September 29, 2012

The Terror begins soon…. October. The month of Halloween. The month of unbelievably cheap, incredibly sugary pieces of our childhoods.

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.

But even if you don’t buy any, it’s everywhere. Even in dentist’s offices!! Wherever you go in the world in October, there is free candy!!

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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Comments

  1. Darlene
    September 29, 2012

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    Thanks for this article. I am with you! That’s what started my most recent 10-day headache. I grabbed a bag of Halloween candy at the store…and then I proceeded to eat it. First one piece, then two, then five. For about three days. I felt terrible and ended up with a horrible headache Two weekends feeling sick and lethargic – ten days of my life that I will never get back. It’s just not worth it. No Halloween candy for me – I plan to try to go through October with no sugar at all. :)

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      I hope you’re still feeling better. I can’t wait to feel that. I haven’t had candy, but still feel cruddy from other carb overload. Still time…

  2. Munchberry
    September 29, 2012

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    Before I forget – Happy Birthday this coming week. I would be pissed at myself if the day passed and I spaced it. Hugs and well, more hugs, I adore you and appreciate your always thinking of me even though your life is full enough as is.

    Now. Candy Corns? They tempt you? I think I fell into an astonishment stupor last year over that. Candy IS the boss of me so I will not be buying it. Luckily we have a party to go to. I am tentatively Colonel Sanders and Mr.Mm is a bucket of chicken. He is not to thrilled with my concocted bucket because he cannot get a drink to his mouth – so we may have to rethink.

    BUT. If I had to have the candy – I would ask hubby to buy it without telling me when he did and then hide it somewhere I would not find it and then the night of you get 2 pieces and then no begging for more. Leftovers go to the homeless shelter or to the dry cleaners or the beauty shop.

    You could bury me in candy corns and I would not be tempted. Sncickers or almond joy or Krackles? Well. I might commit a felony if denied them in my own home.

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      oh well, yes, of course, if the choice was between candy corn and chocolate like almond joy or snickers… no contest. It’s a childhood thing. I’m almost disappointed, but they do call to me. It’s the colors too… they’re almost always stale too somehow.
      My birthday isn’t until next month. I’ll remind you (hee hee…) November 3rd.
      I’m owning it again this year. I’ve been on the “im old so don’t need a birthday’ train for too long. I already have a wish list and will send it to all my sisters.
      thanks again for taking my little badge. I just can’t get those things going. maybe because i’m not organized enough about it.
      xoxo

  3. jan
    September 29, 2012

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    Love the blog badge–so funny! The holidays are about SO much more than food. Thanks for the reminder to focus on it ALL.

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      thanks Jan and thanks for liking my silly badge!

  4. Munchberry
    October 2, 2012

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    Yokeedockey! I added it. Amazed I could really.

    Yes, I really say yokeedockey.

  5. Stephen
    October 5, 2012

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    Oh, but candy corns. I don’t respond well to spooky behavior! :)

    • treepeters
      October 6, 2012

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      oh but I think you do, mon ami… Spooky Behaviour coming up!

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