Curb Candy Cravings

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Since becoming parents, Halloween is one of our more memorable evenings of the year. I don’t love all the hype on candy, however I do love seeing all the kids.  Last year one of my favourites was a little guy, maybe 3 years old dressed up as Batman with a wagon transformed into his Batmobile.  

Cutest. Thing. Ever! 

candy cravings

Whether you plan to pass out candy or take your kids out to get some, Halloween can be a source of added temptation. If you prefer to live a healthy and active lifestyle, you know what a hindrance Halloween can be to your health and weight loss goals. 

While you fight the urge to steal your kid’s candy or eat the box that you bought ahead of time, here are some helpful hints to help you curb your candy cravings. 

when you need it

First, buy candy only when you need it. Stores offer great pricing 2-4 weeks prior to Oct 31stto increase sales. It’s great for their bottom line, however not so great for the bottom you sit on. I know countless people who’ve bought the treats because they were on sale, swore they wouldn’t open the box and before they knew it one treat turned into two, then three and four. Within days they were off to the store to buy more. 

make your own

Second, make your own dark chocolate so that when temptation comes, you have a healthy alternative available. Chocolate in its most natural form is healthy for you. It’s rich in antioxidants that benefit your heart, brain, nervous system, and helps to combat inflammation. Chocolate is also a great source of minerals like copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. I love chocolate and eat it literally every single day! 

For natural, homemade chocolate recipes check out 

http://tasty-yummies.com/how-to-make-homemade-dark-chocolate/

https://www.asaucykitchen.com/homemade-dark-chocolate/

 

victory

Last Easter was the first time I had a purposeful supply of dark chocolate on hand. When cravings came I ate a small piece of my homemade chocolate. Not once did I sneak into my kid’s candy stash. This was a FIRST for me! Can you say VICTORY?! 

I did not have to fight off temptation, I simply fed it a healthy version of what it was craving. Because the chocolate was all natural and not loaded with added sugar and chemicals I could feed a craving without increasing its need for more. 

 don’t fight it

Third, don’t fight it. If on the evening of Halloween, you opt to have a piece or two or three of candy, enjoy it! Eat it slowly. Take small bites. Savour the flavour. Be thankful for great taste and say to yourself, “That was enough. I am satisfied now.” (Oh, and make sure you have a whole, balanced, protein enhanced meal first as well)

Too often temptation is approached like the old Pringles slogan, “Once you pop you can’t stop”. 

Somehow you find yourself with 10 empty wrappers and still wanting more. 

 

train your brain

You can train your brain to believe you’ve had enough and that you are satisfied. It will take consistent conscious application by declaring out loud, “I’ve had enough. I am satisfied.” If you don’t believe it, keep saying it. In time (even if it takes 3-6mos) your brain and body align to recognize you really are satisfied even though you only had a small amount. 

 

enlist support

Fourth, enlist your friend’s support! Say, “Hey, this Halloween I’ve made (or bought) my own dark (85-90%) chocolate as I want to continue strong and steady in my health and weight loss goals. I need your help. Don’t offer me treats that could derail my progress Encourage me. Tell me I’m doing a great job!” Just by speaking this out loud, you take ownership over your choices and are held more accountable.

If this sounds too good to be true, you need to talk with us. As Master Health Coaches, we’ve worked with many clients who’ve already been able to train their brain to eat and live well! 

Next week we get to share creative things you can do with the candy that your kids collect from trick or treating so that you can limit Halloween candy crashes.  

 

Committed to you!

Kristine Rustand

Master Health Coach, EmpowerWays

Kristine Rustand is a Master Health Coach with EmpowerWays. Everything we do is about empowering you to live a healthier, happier life. You can follow EmpowerWays on Facebook and Instagram. If you want to know how Health Coaching can help you live a healthier, happier life contact Kristine today. EmpowerWays@gmail.com