How To Stop Overeating Halloween Candy (And Other Holiday Treats)

Is the thought of a kitchen filled with Halloween candy giving you the heebie-jeebies?

Are you feeling frustrated, and helpless, about your annual binge on fun-sized bars?

Perhaps you’re thinking of boycotting “Trick Or Treat” this year, just to avoid the temptation…

I get it. Those mini chocolate bars have a way of getting themselves eaten, and the guilty feelings that follow are as horrid as a Wes Craven movie. But that’s not going to happen this year. 

In today’s post I’m sharing the tricks that I use to avoid bingeing on treats. Read on for three strategies that you can use this year to stop overeating Halloween candy (and avoid holiday weight gain).

Halloween should be scary for the movies, the costumes, and for your husband’s terrible attempt at pumpkin carving. But, for many of us, the real fear comes from premonitions of uncontrollable candy binges.

Memories from last year — snacking on Snickers and crunching on Kit Kats  — is enough to induce the ghost of a belly-ache. Not to mention a wave of pre-emptive guilt; your assumption is that it’ll happen again.

And it’s not only Halloween night that causes concern; that leftover loot has a way of making eyes at you from across the kitchen counter all week long. 

If you have, or have ever had, a problem with over-eating, emotional-eating, food-addiction, or sugar-addiction, then being faced with an oversized bowl of bite-sized candy is a recipe for disaster.

Since you can’t rely on willpower to get you through Halloween night, let alone the whole holiday season, you’re going to need a strategy. So let me break this thing down, and make it as simple as 1, 2, 3…

How To Stop Overeating Halloween Candy

Tip One: Buy Yourself A Real Treat

Have you ever declined dessert at a restaurant or dinner party, only to go home and raid the cookie cupboard? When it comes to food, willpower can only take you so far, which is why deciding NOT to have any treats isn’t always a smart move.

But that doesn’t mean giving in to the wrong temptation.

The problem with Halloween candy is that it’s just downright crappy. Unless you’re giving out organic, Fair-Trade, single serve dark chocolate bars — thereby killing your “cool status” with the neighborhood kids — the stuff that you’re sharing is low in quality, high in sugar, and often made via third-world child labor (1).

Normal Halloween candy is wreaking havoc on your blood sugar, messing with your metabolism, and generally making you feel pretty bad about yourself. It’s simply not worth the splurge.

(P.S. Have you grabbed your copy of my Boost Your Metabolism Guide? It’s free! You can grab it by clicking here.)

If you’re going to indulge, then I recommend doing it properly! Buy yourself a small, high quality treat, and savor every mouthful. Whether that’s an expensive chocolate bar or a ridiculously beautiful pastry from your local bakery, eating something decadent should feel sensuously satisfying, and be an event to be (fondly) remembered.

Tip Two: Do You Really WANT More Candy?

Food should make you feel good: physically, mentally and emotionally. Overeating food that doesn’t tick all three boxes is a sign of self-punishment, not self-love.

The “Want Test” is something that I share with my clients when it comes to eating treat foods. You can eat anything you WANT, in the amount that you WANT, if you’re eating from a place of self-love, emotional clarity, and epicurean delight.

Feeling guilty about eating often leads to overeating; you may have had the thought of: “I’ve already blown it by having some, so I might as well have the rest…” In doing so, you’re telling your body that (a) it doesn’t deserve a little treat from time to time (it’s not good enough / thin enough / fit enough to warrant anything special); and (b) that your body is basically a trash can, a place where unwanted food gets tossed. 

This is why one donut leads to five, or two chocolates leads to ten; and it’s what holds you hostage to the food that you eat. In the past, that way of thinking has seen me empty a box of cereal or polish off three bowls of ice cream; not exactly actions that speak self-contentment, are they?

The “Want Test” puts you back in a position of power by choosing what, and how much, you eat.

If you find yourself starting to unwrap another piece of candy this Halloween, take a moment and ask yourself:

  • Do I really want this?
  • Why do I want this?
  • Do I want this for my taste buds (will it taste any better than the last)?
  • Do I want this for my body?
  • Do I want this for myself emotionally?

As you answer these questions remember that there is ALWAYS more food, you can always have another treat tomorrow, and your decision making is more powerful than your sweet tooth.

Tip Three: Discard The Leftovers

The morning after Halloween is when reality hits you  — last night’s sugar binge, and overeating food that you didn’t actually want, feels pretty ordinary the following day. The morning brings with it that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, and the negative self-talk that yells: I can’t believe you did this again.*

You’re left with no choice but to get the leftover candy OUT OF THE HOUSE.

Here’s what not to do:

  • Don’t take it to work (you still have access, and your co-workers might not feel so thrilled)
  • Don’t try to hide it for later in the holidays (come on, we all know that doesn’t work)
  • Don’t stand in the kitchen eating it while trying to come up with a solution.

Here’s what you can do:

Throw it out — in the outdoor trash if you have to do. Worried about waste? Don’t be. Worry about your health. My mum taught me that it’s wasted food anyway, if you eat it but you don’t want it.

*Of course, hopefully this year you can wake up to a bright and sunny morning feeling totally at peace. You implemented tips one and two from today’s blog post, and you DIDN’T eat too much candy. Well done you! But don’t be a hero; get that leftover loot outta there.

I hope that these three strategies can help you tackle Halloween, and the entire holiday season, with a sense of calm. Trust in your body and, no matter what happens, remember to be patient and kind to yourself as you continue to tweak your healthy-living routines. 

With love,

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Stop Dieting And Live At Your Ideal Weight

Do you have a healthy relationship with food?

Are you able to eat intuitively, enjoying all kinds of food without guilt or shame? Or do you feel trapped by certain sets of dieting rules that tell you what, when or how to eat?

Would you love to stop dieting but are anxious about gaining weight if you do?

In today’s video I’m sharing the simple mindset shifts that allowed me to finally stop dieting, and changed my life physically, mentally and emotionally.

And it started with the realization that finding our ideal weight doesn’t start with the food on our plates, it starts with trusting in our bodies and experiencing our lives. 

If we spent more time focusing on how we want to feel, we could (quite easily) look how we want to look. Tweet This.

If you’re regularly eliminating foods that you enjoy, just because someone whom you have never met — and knows nothing about your lifestyle or body type — has written a book suggesting that you should, then today’s video is for you.

I hope that, by pressing play on today’s video, you will feel empowered to release the diet mindset and discover how to live at your happy weight, in a happy way, once and for all.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you. Answer one or both of the questions below.

  1. Does the idea of ditching the diets feel liberating or anxiety-inducing to you?
  2. Have you experienced an “aha” moment about eating for your lifestyle and body type?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

Remember that this video is part of my series: 7 Ways To Love Your Body & Life This Week. Catch up on all the videos here.

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7 Ways To Love Your Body (Cheat Sheet)

Just to recap, here’s your task for today:

  • Write down all the dieting rules that you’re trying to follow. Keep what serves you and ditch the rest.
  • Stop classifying foods and “good” or “bad”, and give yourself permission to eat all food.
  • Pay attention to the foods that make you feel great, and the one’s that don’t.
  • Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re comfortably full.
  • Enjoy a treat every day!

Then, dive into the next video, where we’re chatting about making exercise fun!

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. I know that together we will create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

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P.S. Don’t forget to download your Self Love Checklist. Here it is.

How To Boost Self Esteem With Compliments

The simplest things can make a big difference to how we feel about ourselves and our lives.

Getting a good nights sleep. Having fresh flowers around the home. Laughing at a friend’s joke. These small, daily actions not only help us to feel more happy and relaxed, they can also boost self esteem.

Appreciating life’s little joys is a gentle reminder that every day is a gift, and that each of our lives is special and unique — something that should be valued.

Yet unfortunately it’s easy to focus on the negatives, on what we don’t have, or what we wish we could change.

We might catch ourselves comparing our life, our body or personality, to other people, and particularly other women. Whether this manifests itself as you judging them, or you judging you, someone is going to get devalued.

Comparing yourself to other people won’t boost self esteem, it won’t change how you feel about yourself, and it won’t help you to make the positive changes that you need to live a life that you love.

No matter how perfect someone else’s life, or body, may look from the outside, we all struggle with feeling insecure from time to time.

The simple strategy that I will share with you in today’s video takes less than 30 seconds and will allow you to feel more confident and satisfied in yourself, as well as share those positive feelings with other women around you.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you.

What simple, daily, action, habit, or experience helps you to feel happier, more confident and boosts self esteem?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

Remember that this video is part of my series: 7 Ways To Love Your Body & Life This Week. Catch up on all the videos here.

Click the image to download your free Self Love Checklist!

7 Ways To Love Your Body (Cheat Sheet)

Just to recap, here’s your task for today…

Go out and pay a genuine compliment to another woman (and remember that it doesn’t just have to be about appearance).

Then, dive into the next video where I’ll show you how to ditch the diets and live at your ideal weight without deprivation.

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. I know that together we will create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

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P.S. Don’t forget to download your Self Love Checklist. Here it is.
Overcome negative Self Talk

How To Overcome Negative Self Talk

Think about your average day. How often will you find yourself, consciously or unconsciously, being critical of your actions, feelings or appearance?

Have you ever tried to overcome negative self talk?

For many of us it such an ingrained habit that it’s hard to think about letting it go.

It’s easy to pass judgement on ourselves — we tend to be our own worst critics, and find fault in things about ourselves that we would never criticize in someone else. But did you know that the words that you’re using to describe yourself could be preventing you from living a life that you love?

To reach your full potential you need to lift yourself up, not pull yourself down. Tweet this.

There is so much power in loving ourselves for our weaknesses as well as our strengths, and realizing that confidence is not the same thing as vanity or arrogance.

In today’s video I’m sharing an easy, three-part strategy that will help you break the critical habit, overcome negative self talk, and feel more confident, inspired and proud of being the woman that you are today.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear what you think.

1. Do you often catch yourself in negative self talk?

2. How has this habit been holding you back from reaching one of your life goals?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

Remember that this video is part of my series: 7 Ways To Love Your Body & Life This Week. Catch up on all the videos here.

Click the image to download your free Self Love Checklist!

7 Ways To Love Your Body (Cheat Sheet)

Just to recap, here’s your task for today:

  • Start to notice any time that you catch yourself judging or criticizing your appearance, or something you are doing, thinking or feeling, as you move throughout the day. 
  • When this happens, stop for a moment, and be conscious, and reflective, about what you’re thinking or saying.
  • Then simply say (aloud or in your mind): “I choose to let it go. I love who I am”.

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. I know that together we will create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

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P.S. Don’t forget to download your Self Love Checklist. Here it is.

Why You Should Love Your Body (Exactly As It Is)

Do you love your body?

When was the last time that you looked in the mirror and really loved what you saw? 

If I’m honest, “love” hasn’t always been my first reaction. Satisfied? Sometimes. Critical? Often. But love… well, that’s something I’ve been working on and I want to help you do the same.

I’ve wasted years of my life tearing myself down when I should have been building myself up. Not only missing out on precious moments, but also not setting a good example for the women around me.

Loving how you look doesn’t make you arrogant or self-centered. It just gives you a quiet confidence and the respect that you deserve.

Do you know what triggered my decision to make peace with my body? It was the realization that who I am right now, is who I am right now, and that person is pretty darn special. I learnt the hard way that self-criticism won’t help you live at your ideal weight, it won’t reverse aging, and it definitely won’t motivate you to make healthy lifestyle changes.

But don’t just make peace with your body. Shower it with love on an every day basis. Tweet This. 

In today’s video I’m sharing a simple daily exercise that you can do in under 2 minutes, that will help you feel more confident (and in love) with yourself and your appearance.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you.

Did you find this exercise simple or uncomfortable? What do you think has been holding you back from showering yourself with love every day?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

Click the image to download your free Self Love Checklist!

7 Ways To Love Your Body (Cheat Sheet)

Then, dive into the next video, where I’ll show you how to have more “Me Time” (yes!)

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. I know that together we will create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

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P.S. Don’t forget to download your Self Love Checklist. Here it is.