Halloween Candy — Do Whatever You Want!

In the health and wellness online communities — at least the ones I pop in on — the last week has been full of tips and advice on having a healthy Halloween.

There has been an equal amount of push back, saying you have to enjoy life, you could die tomorrow, etc.

I have to admit that both of these stances frustrate me a bit.

How many people really want a healthy Halloween? Or, rephrased: how many people want a healthier Halloween and don’t know how to do it, if “unhealthy” is their standard means of living?

As far as I can tell, those articles and blog posts and slide shows only serve to feed the guilt monster. And guilt feeds well enough on its own.

You all know that I am not a fan of stuffing your face full of junk food, but I don’t think a sweet here and there is a problem.

The harder you think “I shouldn’t eat this,” the more you’re going to want it — and the worse you’re going to feel if/when you eat it.

That said, the whole “eat dessert first in case you get hit by an asteroid” mentality frustrates me as well. Yes, we’re all going to die sooner or later, and some of us are going to die young for no good reason whether we live healthy lives or not, and some of us will live to be older than our lifestyle should permit. But for the most part, how we maintain our bodies and how long/healthy our lives are are correlated.

From here, my thinking is taking three tangents, and two of them do address the “I have candy in the house but I don’t want to eat it” mindset. I’m not going to tell you that you shouldn’t eat it.

First:

The easiest way I’ve found not to eat things that I really don’t want to be eating but have little willpower for: don’t bring it into the house.

When you bought candy to pass out — assuming you bought candy to pass out — did you buy your favorite kind or did you buy one that you can’t stand? If you don’t want to be munching on candy, which would be the wiser purchase? (If you like all candy, well, it will be impossible to buy some you don’t like, but I’ve never met anyone who liked all candy…)

“But my kids’ candy is here!” Can you respect it as something that doesn’t belong to you? Ask them before you take a piece.

And now it’s all on sale. What a great deal! No… Leave it for someone else…

Second:

It’s OK to throw it out. I think it’s ironic that people will buy produce and not eat it before it spoils but won’t throw away candy because it’s “wasting food.” Throw it away. It’s not really food. If you’re likely to pick it out of the trash (since it’s still in a wrapper), take it out of the wrapper before you throw it out.

Third:

This is just my own personal annoyance: sometimes, people don’t eat sweets because they don’t want them. I hate being told that I’m deprived or I should enjoy life or I should splurge when there is food in front of me that I don’t really want. If I’ve eaten a piece of cake and I really want another but am not having one because one really is enough, that’s one thing. But last night, The Kid and I sat out front and handed out candy, and I really just didn’t want to eat any.

I hope your Halloween was fun, and that you enjoy your sweets — however you decide to indulge in them.

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