Reese's peanut butter cups

It’s Halloween night and the kids are back home, the candy is in the house, and you are using every last ounce of willpower you have to leave it alone.  You decide to allow yourself one treat.  After all, it’s a once-a-year holiday.  (Now, be honest!  Is this a one-time holiday or have you been enjoying bite-sized Snickers at the office for the last month?!)

If you’re going to eat candy, which are you going to choose?  Ugh, it really is choosing the lesser of evils.  Do you want loads of artificial color, or would you like hydrogenated oils, or both?  If I had to choose, I would say go with the chocolate and nuts over the brightly colored candy.  I loved all candy as a kid, (I can still imagine what Dots taste like!) but chewy, rainbow-colored candies are full of double-whammy’s.  Not only do they contain artificial colors that have been shown to cause hyperactivity in children, they are basically sugar, corn syrup and artificial flavor that sticks to our teeth and causes decay.

That’s why I say go with the chocolate.  Keep in mind that even Snickers contains hydrogenated oils (READ: VERY BAD) and artificial flavors.  (However, it seems just a step above Laffy Taffy.)  Even better would be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Still full of multiple sugars and a funky preservative, but they are one of the few mainstream chocolate bars with no artificial colors, flavors or hydrogenated oils.  This may be the lesser of evils in the candy world.

This is what I suggest you do. . .Go buy some high-quality dark chocolate.  Today.  Buy it, and have it in the cabinet for Halloween night.  You will be tempted by junk.  But if you have some high-quality dark chocolate in the house, you can reach for that instead and feel like you are celebrating and not depriving yourself of the joys of Halloween.  There are some great brands of chocolate on the market.  I love Green & Black’s Organic and Endangered Species.

Green & Black's Organic 85% Dark Chocolate

Green & Black’s Organic 85% Dark

As for your kids. . . this is what works for me:

I let my kids have a couple of pieces.  They are kids, and we live in this crazy country where absolute brain-altering junk is the norm.  So I let my kids be kids.  Then, we take care of it!  Read my post from last year to see what I do with leftover candy.  A new addition that I learned about from a reader comment is the Switch Witch!  I am still trying to decide if I can spring this on my 6-year olds without leading them to question the existence of Santa and the Tooth Fairy.  If you have younger children or grandchildren, I urge you to try this out this year!  Because really, I can’t imagine my son choosing Tootsie Rolls and M&M’s over a beloved new Lego.

If you are ready to get rid of those sugar cravings, join me in my upcoming Fall Cleanse.  We are starting on November 10.  It’s only 7 days, and you don’t need to drink green juice or starve.  It is SO worth it to head into the holidays feeling lighter and more energetic!  Contact me for details.