As I write this, the glitter is just beginning to be wiped off faces, wigs have been tossed on the floor and masks are slightly crumpled up. There’s a sad-looking pumpkin sitting on the front porch, not looking nearly as scary or menacing as it did with a candle inside of it hours ago, and the pumpkin seeds that were roasted sit out on the counter, still on the cookie sheet and uneaten. And the candy.
Oh my word, the candy.
Chances are, you bought too much – I know I did – maybe on purpose? Hopefully it’s the good stuff that’s left, and not those terrible rocket candies that are basically finely ground up sugar that’s been moulded into a little disc, with no discernible flavour whatsoever.
Everyone talks about the lead up to Halloween and then that first day after when the kids are absolutely mental from the late night and the candy overload. What about the weeks that follow, though? The battle for a certain number of Halloween candies each day, the continuing crankiness because of the continuing onslaught of sugar. And that’s just your kids.
If there’s one time of year I find the most difficult to eat well during, it’s the time between Halloween and Christmas. I mean, these days there’s an overlap of virtually an entire month, in many stores. I saw egg nog in my local grocery store starting at the beginning of October, and Costco has had their Christmas stock in for weeks now. All that chocolate from the holiday that just happened is still being ravenously consumed at the same time that Christmas markets are beginning and holiday cookie baking weekends are taking place.
Can’t a mom get a break? To, you know, eat some salad?
I know it should be easier. It’s just a matter of willpower, right? I wish it were. I envy the people who don’t have a sweet tooth. I would much rather be finding alternatives that crunch (hello, snap peas!) than fighting that sugar craving that can be so overwhelming at times. At least, leading up to Halloween, I kept the boxes of candy I intended to give out hidden away in the trunk of our car. Not entirely inaccessible, but really annoying to get if I felt like a snack. Now, they’re sitting in bags in the kitchen, begging to be grabbed as a quick “snack” as I’m running out the door.
I need some Halloween rehab, and quick.
For now I’m allowing myself to indulge for a few days, so that I don’t feel too deprived. Then, I’ll be jumping on a healthy eating plan that I have to commit to with others, so that I’m accountable to someone, and so that I have a certain amount of structure I can follow.
We’re moving into a hard time of year for people who want to eat healthy, especially when those people have children. If you’re on the Halloween rehab train with me, fear not! We shall find a way to get through it, perhaps through some holiday cookie alternatives, or perhaps by giving that extra Halloween candy away and feeling morally superior. Anything to say goodbye to that crazy addictive sugar.