Last fall I found myself on an elimination diet; no wheat, no dairy, no soy, no peanut butter. No Halloween candy.
This meant, unlike other years, there was no debating. No rationing. No binging. And no early-November surge on the scale.
Turns out, a Halloween without candy (as an adult at least) was fine.
In fact, when we took a family trip around the the Cabot Trail last year (also in the midst of the aforementioned elimination diet) – while others munched on granola bars and cookies – I ate dried figs. They’re delicious and, quite honestly, almost as satisfying as a cookie (with a lot less guilt).
I’m not an abstainer by nature. I like food too much to cut any one food group out indefinitely (and the elimination diet revealed I don’t have any specific food allergies – but I do have sensitivities to wheat, coffee, dairy, soy, and garlic).
But when it comes to Halloween candy, saying “no” from the get-go can feel…liberating.
So this year I’m going to pass on the chocolate. All of it.
If you need me, you can find me eating some dried figs.
…though when Christmas rolls around, you’d better believe I’ll binge my bag of Twizzlers.