Halloween: A survival guide

Good Morning! It’s Friday! Happy Halloween! Let’s talk candy and costumes:

I think Halloween is one of those weird holidays that should be super fun, but absolutely terrifies someone with an eating disorder (old me included!). Candy everywhere, barely there costumes, social drinking, AH! I get it, seriously I do. The other night in my support group, we discussed some strategies for enjoying halloween without guilt. Here are some ideas:

  • Have a planned candy treat in a place where you feel safe with people that you trust. If I were alone with a bag of peanut butter cups, two thoughts would race through my head: if I eat one, I’ll get fat. OR, if I eat one, I won’t stop with one. The idea of eating a treat around other people might make you feel more “normal” and decreases the chance of a binge. index
  • If candy is a real problem, keep a little and get rid of the rest. Give it to a friend, a family member or donate it to one of the following charities: Operation Gratitude, Halloween Candy Buy Back
  • Do NOT feel the need to wear a “girly” costume. According to Mean Girls, “In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it”. You know what? Wear what makes you feel good.

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  • Going to a party? Make sure to have your support system aware that you are having a tough time. Nervous about the offerings at the party? Bring a healthy snack and your own drinks to share! Then you have the choice to eat/drink something new and different (and exciting!), or have your stand by (just in case!).

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  • Have a good time! Halloween is super fun. Dressing up is super fun. Eating a special candy treat is super fun! It’s one day, tomorrow will be a new one! ❤

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