I could sit here and suggest all kinds of clever recipes to use with all that left over Halloween candy but we both know it’s all gone. Except for a few handfuls of candy corn and a box of raisins you’ve finished what your kids couldn’t while they were sleeping (or very quietly in the next room). It’s okay, we all do it. Some of us do it between Halloween and Easter and some of us do it in forty eight hours following Halloween. I’ll confess to being part of the latter group.
Now you’re feeling bad about consuming all that junk, bad about telling your children that you threw it out because it looked ‘suspicious’ and bad about how your pants feel around your waist. Trust me, I feel you. Here’s what we need to do next:
Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are only human. Show me someone who says they didn’t dip into the treats and I’ll show you a liar (or at least someone very boring). Your kids wanted to indulge with you, just a little. Now smile because it was so darn good and don’t beat yourself up about it.
Forget about it. It’s over now and your pants are already punishing you enough. If you dwell on your past mistakes you won’t have any energy to focus on making better decisions today. I bet you don’t dwell when you’ve done well.
The day after Halloween is NOT the best day to start that juice cleanse. Your body might reject all that goodness in favor of more of that good old refined sugar. Start slow. There is no need to shock the system. Try making better choices. It’s as simple as that.
Try some non-food rewards for a change. Do you always treat yourself to a Frappuccino with extra whip when you’ve done well? How about a new nail polish, a bottle of bath bubbles or a new book? All three of those things will make you feel great for a lot longer than that Frap.
It’s time to get back on track because the holidays are near. It doesn’t get any easier when the sweets are out and the wine is flowing so let’s not let Halloween send us down a bad path before we even reach Thanksgiving. We can do this together, until Christmas anyway. Once the rum and eggnog comes out you’re on your own.