Say No to Drugs
By Meggan Larson
Okay I agree, it’s a bit of an extreme title but these are dangerous times. Halloween was on Saturday and you likely have enough candy lying around the house to feed a small army. The chocolate is calling your name, the chips are singing to you, the chewy candies are dancing around in your mind enticing you to have just one bite. So maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t get tempted by candy. If you are, well congrats. I’m not. Candy calls to me like nothing else. It’s my Achilles heel. Halloween used to be one of my favorite times of year because of all the free candy. I went trick or treating until I was literally 22 years old (hey I’m short and wore a mask! No one knew…) so for those of you tempted by all of the candy surrounding you; I get it. The struggle is real.
Let me give you some tips on how to say no to the drug that is candy…
First, let’s remind ourselves how it feels when we give in (or perhaps you already have given in – hey I get it! It’s not too late to turn back.) When I give in to my sugar addiction I sadly resemble a wild animal sorting through garbage. I stuff my face at a pace that I’m sure is on par with an Olympian, if, you know… stuffing your face was an Olympic event. I can down a donut and cupcake in like 45 seconds flat. And then I’m looking around the kitchen wild eyed wondering what else I can find and devour before the guilt sets in.
You know the guilt – the “oh no, what have I just done??” guilt that starts to eat away at you (too bad it couldn’t eat away some of the calories we just inhaled eh?). The self-hatred usually starts pretty quickly for me. I start to wonder if I’ll ever get to my goal or if I’ll just climb back up the scale to even worse than I was before. And hey, maybe I even deserve to be this big because I obviously have no self control and my double chin probably just tripled and maybe I just shouldn’t even go outside for a while in case I see someone I know. It’s depressing, and let’s face it; not even worth it. That candy tastes good but is it really worth the consequences we’ll inevitably face? Especially the sugar crash that makes you feel like you’re 100 years old and need to sleep immediately.
It’s all well and good to know that it’s not worth it but when the candy is in front of your face you need to have an alternative that you can eat that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are some of my favorite treats that make me feel like I’m eating candy. Jennifer’s Payday candies, Briana’s Butterfinger Bars, the Superfood Chews (THM Cookbook page 383) using all peanut flour, Treeces (THM Cookbook page 378), Snowflake Meringue Cookies, and of course any Lily’s milk chocolate bar.
Hopefully these recipes will help keep you away from the sugar until it’s all been eaten by the other members of your family. Stay strong, you can do this! And if you find yourself in a closet stuffing your face full of chocolate, I understand. Start over in three hours and remember that you’re only human.
ps…As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!
Meggan Larson is not a Trim Healthy Mama expert or associated with the Trim Healthy Mama website. These tips are based on what she has learned through losing 60lbs (so far) following this lifestyle. We are not affiliated with Trim Healthy Mama nor endorsed by them. As with all resources, you should review them with care. We have done our best to make the recipes and all menu plans THM compliant in an effort to assist you on your journey!