That sounds kind of scary, the word FOREVER. But as I was on a walk with my hubby and kids about a month ago, feeling discouraged at my lack of will-power, I was trying to think of some sort of healthy change I could make in my life that I could stick to and not feel deprived. I officially decided that candy is the thing I feel like I could cut.
My relationship with candy has been sort of unhealthy...pun intended...my whole life. If there was a certain kind of candy around...Twix, Snickers, Butterfingers, Tootsie Rolls, Starbursts, Skittles, etc...There were times when my little WILL couldn't find the POWER to resist the urge to eat them...and then eat some more...and then one more wouldn't hurt...and maybe a couple more. I know there are people in the world who can relate. But I also knew I had a problem. So, about a month ago, I decided to ban candy from my existence.
Reasons I probably won't miss it:
1- I've tasted it all and I know how it makes me feel (happy for 2 seconds, then craving more, then eating more, then getting depressed and feeling fat for eating too much of it....doesn't this sound like a drug addiction?!).
2- I've done the research and there are 0 I repeat ZERO health benefits to eating candy. Say What?!!! Nerds and Sweethearts don't help my brain and heart grow?
3- I've gone off sugar for a year before, eventually it becomes such a habit to say no, that it's not even a temptation, it's just a part of your identity. Pretty cool stuff.
When banning candy from my life, of course there are some exceptions.
1- My Asian student brought his favorite Chinese candy to his lesson and told me I had to try it. Of course, I tasted one...it was very good. But I only ate ONE.
2- The other day when my children were getting their pictures taken a JCPenney. I was using Reese's to bribe them to be good. I didn't want the chocolate getting all over Chloe's dress, so I bit the Reese's in half to save the mess.
3- If there is candy baked into something :) (and I'm allowing myself a special treat that day).
These exceptions are okay, because I'm not feeding an addiction.
The problem that candy (and sugar) poses is that it is a drug. If you look at it as a drug, it's not as enticing. Ever since I've been off candy I've felt like I have more control over my eating. I feel like I have control over SOMETHING, which makes me feel empowered. Another plus is that I haven't had hardly any (pregnancy) heartburn...where after Easter (and eating loads of candy) I was popping the tums like no other. Another fabulous thing that is coming from this new journey is that I feel like I'm actually moving forward and doing something to be kind to my body. You can too! It just takes DECIDING and then DOING.