trick yourself to treat.

Halloween has passed but now the leftover candy is either lying around the house or been looming in big bowls at the office on your walk to the bathroom….and every time you pass you cringe to take a piece or not. UGH, why is it so hard? You know deep down that sugar isn’t good for you but it just tastes sooo good . One little piece won’t hurt…maybe two.

If this is what happens to you don’t feel bad, you are not alone. Trust me, the candy bowl somehow made its way outside my office and I have watched every person that walks by it stick their hand in it multiple times a day. So, why is it so hard to resist? Well, its because sugar is actually an addictive substance.

Sugar qualifies as an addictive substance for two reasons:
1. Eating even a small amount creates a desire for more.
2. Suddenly quitting causes withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue.

If you are thinking, ‘Whats the big deal if I have a little candy here and there?’ then you should stop to consider how much a little here and there can add up. If you are really able to stay away from it then great. But I know for most people it can be hard…and small amounts here and there can add up to a lot over time.

A few reasons to avoid the stuff (just to get you thinking more about it):

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system
  • Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen (I know you don’t want to hear this ladies!)
  • Sugar can cause depression

…and there are a lot more side effects from sugar but more on that another time.

If you need a few tricks to help you avoid those treats— this is what I do and it works.

  1. If you see some candy and feel like you need a pick me up > drink a glass of water. Many times we are actually dehydrated when we feel like we need a boost.
  2. Surround yourself with healthy snacks like a fruit and nut mix or even dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) to turn to instead of the processed sweets/ candy.
  3. Add more sweet fruits and veggies to your meals (dried fruit, sweet potatoes, etc) > you will crave less sweets after your eat

For some healthy snack tips check out this guide: