Last year, Halloween fell on a weekend...
If you know the next line to that song you are a Boomer or Xer. A Baby Boomer (born 1946-64) or member of Generation X (1964-1979) that is. You fall between the ages of 71 and 37. And if you feel like time is whizzing by, your mind is not playing tricks on you.
The days when you would look forward to October 31 in order to dress up and collect a pillowcase of free candy is long gone. For many of us, even stealing our kids candy as we sort through it to make sure that it is “safe” is not happening anymore. And buying five bags of candy for the trick or treaters, when you haven’t had a child ring your doorbell for treats in over five years is not the answer either.
In case you haven’t heard, sugar is the new poison. Or maybe it’s the old poison, but we are just finding out. But even though we know that eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, we also know that eating too much sugar is not good for us, whether non-diabetic, prediabetic or full-blown diabetic. So what is a sugar lover to do on the biggest holiday of the year? If you can resist, then do so. But for the rest of us mortals we will have to
PLAN. PLAN. PLAN.
Pick Your Poison: What is your favorite? As a rule, I don’t love candy, but have to admit that I was just thinking about some Reese’s. Or Malted Milk Balls. Or Kit Kat. Can I have them all? SURE. Just not all at the same time and not full sized. Identify your candy of choice, secure it in the right size and then…
Schedule Your Sinning: Okay, calling it sinning might be a little overboard, but I bet you a fun-sized Snickers that your doctor would agree with me. Anyway, anticipation is part of making it an enjoyable experience. Enjoying the treat during an episode of Blackish? Crave the chocolate with your mid-morning coffee? Want to hold on to it as a reward for sticking with your eating plan for the day? Whenever it is, schedule the treat and
Make sure to savor it: Whatever you do, don’t gulp it down while watching tv or staring at the computer. Set the timer and force yourself to make it last for 15- 30 minutes instead of 15-30 seconds.
When I was a kid, my sisters and I would play a game to see who could make their bowl of ice cream last the longest. We would let it melt and stir it into a soup, or pour it into pancake shapes and lick it from the table (I know, too much information). Anyway, the fun lasted for much longer when we savored the experience. So take some time to enjoy your sugary treat. And finally
Put a time limit on the celebration: You know who you are. Still eating Halloween candy on December 15. It’s one-day holiday, people, not a season. I understand that some of you may want to pre-game starting on October 28, but its a bad idea to let the candy eating go on for more than 2-3 days or it might become a habit. Remember in the immortal words of James Brown: “Don’t start none, won’t be none.”
For old times sake, take a listen to “My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me” by Geto Boys (I found the clean version, so you can listen at work) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjbRampe4qE