My son went trick or treating with his preschool this morning.  By 10:30am he’d accumulated his body weight in candy.  I’m not quite sure when Halloween went from one-night-per-year candy gathering in one’s own neighborhood to multiple “trunk or treat” events scheduled in the days and weeks around Halloween in order to allow maximum attendance (per event and per attendee), plus marathon trick or treating using a vehicle to drive back and forth across town to the neighborhoods known for the biggest candy bars.  Whenever it happened… this is Halloween as our kids know it! {Aside:  when did kids stop being “cowboys, astronauts, superheros, princesses, etc” and start being–exclusively, it seems–“Woody, Buzz <insert media princess, superhero, animal, etc. character here>”?}  Ah, well.

If you are anything like me (and from sitting with many of you over the years, I know that you quite possibly are) then you may be hearing the siren’s call of Halloween candy.   Confession:  I took a few pieces of candy from that candy bag and ate them myself this morning.

The fact of the matter is that 99.99% of candies being tossed into bags today are full of chemicalsGMOs (scroll down to the links), child-labor — and memories.  If you do choose to indulge do so guilt-free (you might as well enjoy it) but then throw away the leftovers.  Tonight.  Once you’re done, toss the temptations.  Encourage the same to happen to all the leftovers showing up to work tomorrow.  No one needs them.  It’s not a waste to throw away edible items that, if consumed, contribute only to acute and chronic illness.

Then, anticipate that the next three days may be a little rough.  You may wake groggy, you may feel stiff, your energy may fall in the afternoon, you may crave a candy bar before breakfast– be good to yourself.  This means, #1, don’t self-medicate with more sugar.  For the next week, be especially sure that you start your day with protein.  Drink more water than you think you need.  Eat at least three cups of leafy greens, and three more of colored vegetables.  Walk for at least 20 minutes daily.  If you’re really dragging, reach for green tea.

Hold firm on this plan and Halloween can be a one day reminder that junk treats really aren’t worth it, rather than the first of five months of health-destroying holiday-related debauchery!