Have your candy corn and eat it too
With Halloween happening tomorrow there are sweets, bowls of candy, and endless amounts of sugar everywhere. Of course, it's really easy to get swept up in the fun of things and feel like the only way to really participate in the holiday is to eat, eat, eat until you feel so sick that you can't eat anymore... and then eat maybe one more piece of candy. But it doesn't have to be a binge fest that ends in your demise.
We fall into this sugar frenzy because it is so romanticized. Everywhere we look there's another cute way to eat 32 grams of sugar.
Oh! Pumpkin spice latte!
Oh! Cute pumpkin shaped donut!
((Oh! Massive sugar headache and mood swings!))
So how do you make it through this holiday without feeling like crap and still being able to enjoy a sweet or two, or four (who's counting?)?
You tune into your FEELING.
That's right, you heard me. Tune into your feeling.
Before you put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, or before you order that festive, sugary coffee drink take 30 seconds to tune into yourself. In those 30 seconds imagine what you will feel like after you've consumed that sweet treat -- Not what you'll feel like while you eat it, what you'll feel like AFTER you've eaten it.
How will you feel physically? How will you feel emotionally?
After you've allowed yourself the space to simply reflect before making a choice, you will be prepared to do something you actually feel good about.
If you tune into yourself and feel like that fun sized hershey's bar will feel good or even decent, great. Eat the chocolate!
If you tune into yourself and you start to think about the headache that will come after the chocolate. Awesome, pass on this particular piece of candy.
Two things to remember:
1. This isn't your last opportunity to eat sugar.
2. These sweets will still be there on November 1st.
Go forward into this awesome holiday with the confidence to know that you will eat all of the sweets that you WANT to eat and that you won't be blindly shoveling sugar down your throat. You really can have your cake and eat it too as long as you're willing to give yourself the opportunity to say 'Yes' when it's a 'Yes' and 'No' when it's a 'No'.
Happy Halloween my friends!