How to Eat Halloween Candy Without Gaining Weight

halloween candy and decorations

Candy time! Time for those tiny portions of Twix, Snickers, and Candy Corn.

Did you know you can indulge without gaining weight?

You totally can.

It’s called a Joy Eat.

Before October 31st, decide what candy you will eat and how much candy you will eat and what time you will allow yourself to eat the candy. And on October 31st, eat exactly what you decided to eat. No more, no less.

When you find yourself staring at the candy bag this week, remind yourself that you will totally get to eat candy. On October 31st, at whatever time you decided upon.

Why does this work?

Because you are engaging your adult brain – your upstairs brain, your pre-frontal cortex. This is the part of your brain that controls impulse eating (and impulse drinking, and impulse yelling at your kids). And you’re taking control away from your toddler brain – the part of your brain that drives you to answer impulses.

When we practice engaging our adult brain, we have clear intention, we keep commitments to ourselves. And…this leads to being able to trust ourselves. Even with little mini Twix bars.

You’re lovingly telling your toddler brain, “I hear you, I am in charge of us, and I promise you will get to eat the candy I picked out for you. Just not right now.”

If you are looking to gain control over impulse eating for good, schedule a mini-session with me. I’ve got you, mama.