I think most women I know, whether they struggle with weight or not, will be pretty damn glad when the mountainous bags of Halloween candy disappears “poof” from the shelves of everywhere in the next few days.
Most of us are easily tempted by sugar (or corn syrup.. which is typically the main ingredient in commercially made candy anyways) .. Being bombarded on the big holidays with even more of it can be a challenge.
Still I often wonder.. Is it really the candy we want (or whatever it is that haunts you) or are we craving the memories and the old feelings of times gone by?
Are we craving our innocence? Our youth? The sweetness of those experiences when we had much less on our plates,.. so to speak?
I think so.
With strong food cravings I often feel that it’s the associations of wanting to recapture a certain feeling.. as if eating the tootsie roll (my most recent craving- even though I also was very aware that they aren’t particularly chocolate-y.. more corn syrup-y) would swap out this moment in time for one that seems simpler, sweeter, more fun.
We love those tiny parties in our mouth. We long for a little break from the action, the over-stimulation, and the endless noise in our active minds. At some point our brains made a connection that certain foods brought momentary changes to our chemistry.. and those will often be the foods that you turn to when stressed, or emotionally off-center.
And candy hasn’t changed much… most of the brands that were around when we were younger are still around. It’s easy to feel triggered when you see the familiar labels and brands.
Nobody is going to mistake that kind of candy for health food. It’s not meant to be. Don’t create a big battle over it…Don’t aim for perfect, it’s a setup for a binge. Eat some candy if you are inclined, not secretly as that also will add the shame that trigggers binges, and be done with it.
Halloween, at least in the States, and especially if you have young kids at home, is part of the landscape. It’s ok to eat some candy… and instead of cursing yourself when you do it, bless yourself, bless your body, and move on.
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