. . . is October 31st.
It barely has time to settle into the bowl before little ghosts and princesses grab for their treats.
Less time alone with the candy = more available for the costumed kids.
Universal goal of Halloween achieved!
But, I learned this trick the hard way.
It took years.
Long ago, I would buy some for the kids and a bag for myself. They are “fun-sized,” I’d argue. Good portion control . . . but not if you eat the whole bag! It would be portion control if they sold the fun-size individually. I notice they don’t do that.
My next big step toward candy-control was not getting myself a bag. I just got candy for the kids, however . . . I got to it first! I remember having to go back out to buy more candy.
One year I tried hiding it in the garage. Yes, I had to go outside to get it, but apparently that was no big deal. Candy-1, Me-0.
Then I tried getting the candy I didn't like. That just ended in a stomachache from candy I didn't like. Sigh.
I needed a new plan.
As I got clearer on how many calories a whole bag of candy was (thousands upon thousands) and how important it felt to maintain my weight loss (very), I could see I needed help.
Enter Mega Environmental Control.
No candy until Halloween day and it was to remain unopened until the first kid came to the door.
I still enjoyed a fun-sized Baby Ruth or two, FAR fewer than if I had the bag calling my name for days or weeks on end.
Limiting exposure supports your success.
So even though I’ve kept my weight off for over 8 years now, I still know the dangers of having Halloween candy in the house for any length of time. I might very well be able to resist this year. But maybe not. One tiring, frustrating day and wrappers could litter the floor. Why risk it?
We have a saying in our house; “Don’t tie your shoes in a watermelon patch.” Not only should you not steal, but also you shouldn’t be in the position where it even looks like you could be stealing.
I love that idea—don’t just stop at the deed, stop the step before the deed.
Much less chance of trouble.
To be truly successful at not bingeing on Halloween candy, I recommend not having the candy in your house in the first place.
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