Why is it that Halloween Candy is such a huge trigger for us sugar addicts? Obviously, accessibility is a big part of it. It’s everywhere you look. Little bowls of the sweet stuff beckoning us in every office and at every activity.
But I think the bigger part is the deceiving nature of the candy itself. It comes in very small pieces giving the illusion that “It’s such a little piece. Just one won’t hurt”. And besides we tell our self, I’ll just eat it mindfully. Right?
Wrong! That one little piece of candy has the potential to set off the pleasure pathway in your brain in a second, greatly increasing the likelihood of a relapse.
If you relapsed in the days and weeks around Halloween, don’t despair. If you’ve been in food addiction treatment, you already have the tools you need to get back on track. So what works for getting back on track? Consistency. Do what you already know to do with consistency.
I like this quote from Emerson: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do has increased.”
Don’t let relapse define you. Keep moving forward!