Can I eat just a few pieces of Halloween candy?

The Question

I love spending Halloween with my family. We take the kids around the neighborhood to collect candy. Then, we go home and let them eat a few pieces. I want to be able to eat a few pieces too. But I don't want to feel guilty about it afterwards. Can I eat just a few pieces of Halloween candy? 

The Answer 

Thank you for the question. I love, love, love that you asked this question. My answer is pretty straightforward. Here it is. 

Yes. You can eat a few pieces of Halloween candy if that's what you choose to do.

Start by asking yourself why you want to eat candy on Halloween. Make sure you like your reason. If you like your reason, and you decide to allow yourself to eat the candy, I recommend you follow the below 3 steps.

Step 1: Create your plan

At least 24 hours before Halloween day, plan exactly how many pieces you'll allow yourself to eat. And if you can determine exactly what candy you'll eat, do that too. Write it all down. 

Step 2: Follow your plan

When Halloween day arrives, follow your plan. You created your plan in advance. Make sure you honor your plan and yourself. 

Step 3: Coach yourself as needed 

If you feel like you want to eat off your plan, coach yourself. 

If you feel any guilt about following your plan and eating the candy, coach yourself. 

To learn how to coach yourself, read How To Coach Yourself.

The Wrap-Up

You don't have to be afraid of specific foods or holidays. 

You don't have to feel guilty if you choose to eat specific foods either. 

Just plan it all in advance, follow your plan, and coach yourself through it all as needed.

Thanks again for your question. I hope my answer helps you.

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