4 Powerful Ways To Handle Halloween Candy This Year

October 31st kicks off our holiday season in just a few days. Let’s look at four ways we liberated eaters can navigate it with cool-headed finesse:

1) KEEP YOUR MINDSET ON “LIBERATED SETTING” – Mindset matters most of all. If the old food-anxiety begins to rear its compulsive head just remind yourself that you and food are friends now. You have a peaceful relationship, and you are growing more mindful and intuitive every day.

2) DECIDE AHEAD OF TIME – Pre-determine how you want things to go, before the candy is in the bowl.

Think it through. It may not look the same every year. This year you may want to:

  • HAVE SOME: You might choose to savor some of your favorite candy, enjoying it fully. Decide on the amount, the place and a time that feels safe and positive for you to enjoy this intentional treat.
  • HAVE NONE: You might feel more peaceful about not having any at all this year. Perhaps you feel that one piece will lead to the whole bowl. Trust yourself to know what’s best for you right now. What will bring you the most peace? Take good care of yourself by eating other foods you enjoy.

3) MAKE A DECISION ABOUT LEFTOVER CANDY NOW – This one is critical and easy to overlook. We can do the intentional work of being mindful during the holiday and then find ourselves caught off-guard by leftovers. Go ahead and decide what you want to do the day after Halloween. Would you rather give it away or toss it in the garbage disposal? What will happen if you do neither?

Give yourself full permission to throw it all away – guilt free. It’s served its holiday purpose.

4) GIVE GRACE – No one walks this journey perfectly. If you happen to fall back into old patterns: acknowledge it, treat yourself kindly and see what you can learn from the experience. What safeguard, tool or thought might have given you a different outcome? Don’t be discouraged because relapses normal and are our very best school!

As we move toward this special time of year, decide to have a journey mindset. Be curious. Anticipate good things. Be open to discovery. Picture yourself getting stronger, wiser, freer and more peaceful with food with each passing holiday.

Each one is a part of your story.

Each one is an opportunity to know yourself better than you ever have before.

You & Halloween Candy This Year

halloween candyHalloween is over. The first holiday of the 2015 holiday season is in the can.

Let’s use it to our advantage!

What can be learned from this holiday that will inform and positively impact the next three holidays?

Take some time to explore these powerful questions with curiosity:

1. How do I feel about the way I ate during Halloween?
2. What worked well for me?
3. What did not work well?
4. If it didn’t go as well as you would’ve liked, what SPECIFIC THINGS could you have done that would have made it much better? What supports and safe-guards would have set you up for a more satisfying experience?
 5. How can you put these things in place for Thanksgiving?

Here’s a Halloween experience from Sandra, who told me she had one of the best Halloweens of her adult life this year. She’s been a liberated eater for 4 years:

Sandra’s game plan:

She bought one piece of her favorite halloween candy before Halloween and enjoyed it thoroughly, when she was hungry. She savored it mindfully on her back porch with a glass of milk. She also decided that, for her, it was going to be a sweet-free Halloween. She thought that if she ate one treat she might end up struggling not to graze all night. She kept reminding herself that she had enjoyed her perfect treat completely – and eating out of the bowl was for kids. The line she drew was a peaceful safeguard for her.

There was a bit of sadness over not munching on candy all night but she kept reminding herself that this healthy grief was much better than grieving and regretting a sugar coma and tight clothes.

Notice how past experiences informed and strengthened her choices.

Take some time to answer the questions above. We certainly can go into Thanksgiving stronger and wiser!