“In our town, Halloween was terrifying and thrilling, and there was a whiff of homicide. We’d travel by foot in the dark for miles, collecting candy, watching out for adults who seemed too eager to give us treats.” — Rosecrans Baldwin
Halloween is no longer revered and feared as the time of year when the veil between the world of the living and of the dead is at its thinnest, but instead as a time to gorge ourselves on sugar while wearing sexy pirate clothes.
Not that I have anything against sexy pirates.
Healthy Treats to Hand Out
All of that said, I truly appreciate that Halloween is that one time of year when neighbors actually meet each other. I’m sad that we live in a world where so many parents no longer feel it is safe for their kids to “trick or treat,” though I entirely understand their concerns. So if you still live in a neighborhood that celebrates Halloween by sending it’s little people out in disguise to beg for sugar, here are some ideas for some healthier treats to hand-out that are individually wrapped but won’t get your house egged (aka no handing out toothbrushes, okay!), but please note these aren’t perfect. Some contain allergens like nuts and dairy and others contain sugars or sugar alcohol though all of my suggestions are gluten free (cuz that’s how I roll), lower sugars and more natural products. Not all of these companies are ideal, but by and large, these are better options to handout than candy corn. Please note, these are in no particular order and I have no ties to any of these companies:
The first step to changing your relationship to food is to understand that relationship. Uncontrollable food cravings can make changing to a healthier lifestyle daunting and depressing. Social stigmatization can make it overwhelming and feel futile. Some friends, family, lovers, coaches and practitioners may even make you feel like there is something wrong with you because you can’t control your urges for certain foods; however, succumbing to sugar cravings is rarely a matter of willpower.
Once you understand the biological mechanics around food cravings, you can take steps to make lasting changes to your diet that will leave you happier, healthier and not feeling deprived. Realize that sugar cravings are not just cravings for that white powdery stuff, but also the foods sugar goes in (e.g. cakes, cookies, processed foods, fast foods, soda, etc.) and those foods that convert into sugar in the body (e.g. anything containing grains, such as breads and pastas; as well as higher glycemic vegetables such as potatoes and cravings of potato chips and French fries; and even fruits and fruit juice).
This article is part of a series of articles on supporting you to control your sugar cravings. Each article uncovers a different cause of your sugar cravings.
A Cause: Imbalanced Neurotransmitters – Maybe it’s all in your head…
We all get cravings for certain foods and sometimes those foods are not the healthiest choices for us.
“My name is Katie and I am a sugar addict. I’ve been clean for 6 hours.”
Sound familiar? I know that I’m not alone.
Once I break the sugar addiction and clean it out of my system, I’m fine. The cravings no longer strangle me with their incessant need and persistent control of my life. I stop dreaming about eating dessert. I stop thinking non-stop about getting my next sugar fix.
But it’s the getting it out of my system that’s the hardest part. Every. Time.