Tip 1: DONATE
If your kids come back with buckets full of candy, or you have lots of candy that you simply won't eat (or don't want to) donate what you don't keep. Lots of places will take your candy for you. I've even heard of some local dentists in my town taking candy for you. Take it to your kids' classroom treasure box. Add it to your office's public candy dish. Anything you can do to get it OUT OF THE HOUSE! :)
Tip 2: HIDE IT
Ok, so you've sorted through and figured out what candy you're keeping. It's probably still a pretty good stash. HIDE IT. If you're like me and just the thought of chocolate being in the pantry is too hard to handle, tell your husband or kids to hide it somewhere so you can't find it. They can still eat on it, but you'll be more likely to avoid it if you don't know where it is. Sounds silly, but it works!
Tip 3: MAKE YOURSELF RULES
Go ahead and make yourself some rules about the candy. Ideas like "I'll allow myself 2 pieces on Halloween night", "I'll allow myself 1 piece a week", etc. are great ways to make yourself some rules so you're not sick to your stomach from eating so much in one sitting.
Tip 4: RE-PURPOSE
This is one of my favorites. By using the candy for other things, you'll be less inclined to just sit and eat it all at once. Some ideas for re-purposing the candy include: potty treats for your kids, special rewards/prizes for kids, Christmas stockings (candy has a LONG shelf life!) One thing I do is save all the Hershey bars for our S'mores Nights as a Family. Those little suckers are perfect for making S'mores!! Get creative! However you can re-use it, do it!!!
To give you a little added motivation, check out the calorie counts on 2 of the top candy choices:
Reese's - 110 calories in 1 fun size cup
Peanut M&Ms - 90 calories in 1 fun size bag
Wowzers. Eye opening. Listen, I want to remind you to remember all the hard work you've been doing in your health journey. Don't negate it for some candy. But hey, at the same time.....it's just one night. If you go overboard, don't beat yourself up. One night won't ruin things. Just start the next day on the right foot.
If you're feeling guilty about what you ate, or need a little extra motivation to watch how much candy you eat, complete this workout according to which candy you consume!