Halloween Eating Doesn’t Need to Be Scary
I remember when I used to fear Halloween—not because of spooky ghosts and goblins, but because of what I thought of as the terrifying temptation of candy. This fear began in adolescence and continued until I was well into my journey to “normal” eating. Here are some new findings on eating candy, which may help you be less afraid this Halloween.
That’s why it’s important to throw out the diet mentality and all-or-nothing thinking about food. If you forbid yourself sweets or eat them with guilt and shame, when Halloween comes around, you may become anxious about overindulging (you know, the way you did last year and the year before) or end up fighting against eating them, ruining your fun. Plus, this anxiety doesn’t just crop up the day of Halloween. Your candy-versus-no candy fears might flare up as soon as September rolls into October. By Halloween, you’re dreading/craving whatever candy is around and, whether you eat it or don’t, you’re still not off the hook. Next day at home or work, there you are facing Halloween leftovers and the agony of “resisting” what you believe is temptation.
As a “normal” eater who eats sweets in small amounts when you feel like it, Halloween candy is no big whoop. You might not even like candy corn or the usual Halloween fare. As a “normal” eater, you’ll pick through whatever is around at home or at work and choose only what you love best. And when you eat it, you won’t feel guilty or badly and will savor every mouthful by eating slowly and letting the sweetness bring joy to your taste buds. This Halloween, dress up as a “normal” eater and see how you do!