Happy, Healthy Halloween!
Hi ghoulish guys and gals!
Happy Halloween! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays; it's pretty silly but I love it (probably because I was born in October). It is incredible how much has changed for me from last Halloween to this Halloween. I am going to share my experience from last year with you guys, which is a little bit scary. Although it is embarrassing to be so honest, I think it is important. We all have a journey and there is no shame in it. So here it goes...
Last year, at the first sign of Halloween season I found myself at the drug store buying a giant bag of candy corn. Yes, candy corn- candy with extremely an high sugar content! I thought that I could have a little bit and throw the rest out. But of course I ended up eating almost the entire bag that day. One handful here, one handful there, it added up. I punished myself by not eating a substantial lunch or dinner (thinking the calorie intake would somehow even itself out). Needless to mention I felt like crap, and my body was not happy with me. And then Halloween arrived. I was at work that day, at a job I was not very happy with. Once again I was in the candy isle at the Duane Reade. "It's Halloween" I thought, "I deserve to eat a lot of candy today! That's what makes Halloween fun!" I bought myself a big pack of reeses and kit kat bars. Once again eating candy throughout the day and not eating substantial meals. As I was sitting at my desk the candy would call to me and I could not stop thinking about it. I was DYING for more, even thought I had had enough! At the end of the work day I rushed home to go out with my friends and boyfriend to celebrate. Like most 20somethings in Brooklyn we went out to a bar that was decorated for Halloween. Because of the excessive amount of sugar in my body I ended up feeling the alcohol I was consuming way too quickly and way too strong. And then, of course, more candy! I found more candy at the bar and without even thinking about it, had some. The night ended rather early because I wasn't feeling very good. I probably don't need to state the obvious but the next morning I felt BAD. Physically bad, mentally bad, and emotionally bad. My true self knew that I shouldn't be treating my body like that, not even in the name of Halloween. But at the time I wouldn't let myself see a different reality. I was stuck in the way things were; on Halloween you eat candy and drink alcohol and that's fun (right???).
This story might sound like disaster to you, like I must have been a crazy unhealthy person. But the truth is, I was not. In comparison to the general population I was a relatively healthy person. I ate my greens, drank a lot of water, watched my calorie intake and exercised (a lot). But something was missing, and I was addicted to sugar. SO MUCH has changed and I am so grateful! I have taken my health to a whole new level and feel totally empowered. I love my work (so much!), and value my body. I am experiencing joy in completely new way; so that desire for sugar and all other stimulants has faded without me even really trying.
This year, I will not have candy. Not one piece. You also won't find me hanging out in a bar. Boring? I think not! There are so many alternatives to eating refined sugar on Halloween . Here is the pumpkin pie smoothie I made today as my treat.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1 1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp grade A maple syrup, or coconut nectar
1 ripe banana, frozen or fresh
1/3 cup crushed purified ice
Blend, and enjoy!
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Have a Happy, Healthy, Safe Halloween!