Of course it’s okay to enjoy a treat every now and then. But all too often one treat becomes a handful. And one night of letting your guard down becomes every night. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a moderate amount of candy on Halloween, so no need to feel guilty if you did! However, now that Halloween is past, are you still snatching bars of candy here and there? If your office has a bowl out in the open, or if your kids’ haul is sitting in the pantry, you could run into some trouble.
If you’ve already gotten rid of the Halloween candy, and think you’re safe: Beware! You’re only in the clear for a few more weeks until the Christmas candy appears. We are entering the three-month long season of treats and candy, and these guidelines can help you navigate through it all.
If you aren’t paying attention, it is very easy to mindlessly overeat all that easily accessible candy for several reasons:
Studies (source below) have shown that we eat more when there is more variety. The most extreme example of this is a huge all-you-can-eat buffet. When given hundreds of different choices, we simply can’t narrow it down to one modestly sized plate of food. The same goes for Halloween candy. The assortment leads you to overeat. If you had a bowl of nothing but Hershey Kisses, you might have a few and then be done. But with the wide variety of textures, tastes, and flavors, it’s hard to stop at a modest 100-calories worth.
You probably wouldn’t mindlessly grab a full-size Snickers bar on your way through the break room or your kitchen. However, those “fun size” bars seem less significant, and we easily rationalize that such a little amount won’t make a difference. Consider, however, that there are only THREE fun-size Snickers in a full-size bar. How easy is it to accidentally or mindlessly go through well over three fun-size candy bars throughout your day or evening.
But it’s Halloween!
It’s very easy to give ourselves a break because Halloween only comes once a year. That’s true – and it ended when the clock struck midnight on Halloween night. Rationalizing poor food choices because of special occasions can become very problematic when that special occasion lasts a week, a month, or a whole season.