Halloween is such a fun time of the year for all ages. Whether you dress up in costume or are just here for the pumpkin spiced lattes and chocolate , Halloween has something for everyone.
However, like everything great, there’s always negative energies who try to ruin it - I'm talking about you, toxic diet culture. What once was a fun activity to do as a child or with your kids, going trick-or-treating and filling bin bags with yummy treats has suddenly become a triggering idea for us. And why? Because somewhere in between the 90s and recent years, we were told to avoid these yummy treats at all costs lest we lose all progress made in our fad diets and non-effective workouts.
How can we reverse this and take back Halloween for what it is - a fun time to watch movies and eat yummy foods?
- Eat the Chocolate.
It’s ok to have chocolate. It won't kill you. You don't need to make an ‘organic, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free’ version with essentially the same calories as a normal bar of chocolate anyway. Eat the chocolate.
- Don’t listen to almond-moms or nay-sayers online
If one day yummy treats is the worst thing we could be doing for our children, I think we’re doing a good job. To each their own but don’t allow yourself to be mom-shamed for allowing your child to enjoy their childhood and not create negativity around food. Make memories with yourself, your friends and your family that you will look back on with nothing but happiness.
- Be Kind to Yourself
It is so sad that we are conditioned to be anxious this time of year because of ‘temptations’. Don't allow yourself to be sucked into that negative and dated way of thinking. If you have a lot of chocolate or jellies, don’t speak negatively to yourself the next day. Allow yourself to enjoy food. If anything, you will smash your next Queens Don't Quit workout because you will have a sugar rush - that's a win!
So let’s take back Halloween and not allow food guilt to be the scariest monster we face each year.