Halloween can be tricky for Boomers

While a lot of Americans consider Thanksgiving the official kick-off to the holidays, just as many get started early with that sugar festival we call Halloween. You know, the one for the kiddos that we’ve taken over with grown-up costumes, and childlike enthusiasm for all the treats.

‘Tis the season we begin telling sweet little lies to ourselves lies that often continue until December 31st, and beyond. Here’s a rundown of the lies that can result in scary consequences to our food plan.

Sweet Little Lie #1: I bought the candy for the kids

And SL Lies# 1a: I bought the economy size to save money and because I don’t want to run out

Like so many sugar addicts, I have bought huge bags of candy “for the trick or treaters,” knowing full well we only get a handful of kids in our neighborhood and most of the candy will be leftover for me, me, me! (Hubby’s not much of a sugar fan and might have one or two pieces if that).

However, this year I’ve got a different plan. This year I am just going to say no to all that sugar that sends the scale climbing up until the New Year and creates the need for weight loss goals that are soon abandoned. Come 2018 I will have other goals beyond weight loss for the first time in years.

Because I have no intention of gaining weight this year.

Are you with me? If so, we can start now by being aware of all those sweet little lies we begin telling ourselves throughout the holidays. Here’s another one.

Sweet Little Lie #2: One little indulgence won’t make a difference

It’s pure insanity to think that one little candy bar won’t make a big impact on your food plan when year after year proves otherwise. If sugar wasn’t so addictive, that argument might hold some kernel of truth, but the reality is that once you have re-introduced sugar into your system, those cravings you worked so hard to get rid of will start all over again.

You’ll likely overeat all through the holidays. And if you want the cravings to end, you’ll have to endure any number of withdrawal symptoms that might include headaches, achy joints, fatigue and general grumpiness. For days, even weeks. Is it really worth it for just a little taste of candy? Which leads us to the next lie on our list.

Sweet Little Lie #3: I’ll only have just one little bar

And SL Lie# 3a: Those bars are so little

Who are we kidding when we say we’re just going to have one little bar or piece? For one thing, those candy bars you bought are probably not the little ones we had as kids trick or treating. Just like everything else, they have grown in size and are now ginormous by yesterday’s standards.

And even if you do find some bite-size bars, you’ll want to eat a dozen or more before you’re satisfied. Remember the old adage about addiction, “One is too many and a thousand never enough.”

Sweet Little Lie #4: It won’t derail my food plan

I can’t tell you how many times I have read the sad results on Facebook about people following their bright lines for hundreds of days, who decided to go off “just this once.” Generally, what tripped them up was some special occasion, or because temptation was thrown directly in their path (hello big bowl of candy calling my name!). Their seemingly innocent, small deviation from their food plan begins them down a slippery slope of complete derailment and a nasty crash into “What the Hell” land.  Do not make the mistake of thinking it can’t happen to you!

I know I am just a candy bar away from gaining back my weight and regressing from happy, thin, and free to miserable, fat and trapped.

And I, for one, am not going there this year.

The plan

Okay, so now that I’ve convinced myself, and hopefully you too, that it’s not worth it to sample the sugar, how do we handle this spooky holiday without ticking off the kids and becoming known as the neighborhood witch?

I do realize that not everyone is a sugar addict like me, and I leave it up to the kids’ parents whether or not they should be eating sugar. I am not going to incur everyone’s wrath by handing out raisins they are just going to toss (and probably stomp on before doing so).

So, I probably will buy a small bag of candy, and turn out the lights when we run out. We’re in a new subdivision and haven’t attracted many trick or treaters in the two years we’ve lived here. I will also buy a type that I don’t much fancy, such as lollipops, gum or licorice.

Another idea I read about that I like is to buy a bag of small toys, although I can’t see that it would appease the older crowd (you know, the ones who are more apt to decorate your trees with TP) and your car windshield with rotten eggs.

Whatever I choose, you can be sure there’s no way I’m gonna be tricked by the treats come October 31.

Have you got a trick or two for avoiding Halloween treats?  If so, please share in the Comments section below.

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