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Throw Away Those Halloween Leftovers

With trick-or-treating behind us for another year, why do we find it so hard to just get rid of it as we should?

Do you find yourself finishing off those left over "fun-sized" Halloween treats even though you don't want to? You know they're not good for you, yet you don't know what else to do with them. Here's an idea... throw them in the garbage.

That may sound like an easy solution, but it's not. Some people can't stand the idea of throwing away food. They just can't bring themselves to do it. I must admit that as I threw mine away I had a moment where my other hand tried to catch them before they went in. We are taught to always "clean your plate" and not waste food because there are starving kids somewhere. The usual solution is to eat them a little at a time, but our self restraint is limited so we bring them to the office and let someone else eat them, or even worse give them to a friend.

Are Halloween treats really considered food? Do we have to feel guilty about throwing them away? Can we turn a mental switch and consider them something else? Maybe poison, which, in large enough quantities, they probably are? And if they are poisonous, is it a crime to give them to someone, even an office mate? Maybe you can think of them as dog food, something not fit for human consumption. The irony being you wouldn’t give the stuff to your dog because it’s not good for him, but you’d eat it yourself.

There is real guilt over wasting food. But aren't you worth more than that candy? We spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on health insurance and health care every month and yet a couple of dollars worth of candy is worth more?

People often bring leftover Halloween candy to the health club where I work thinking we are thin and fit and we can easily absorb a few calories. Well, If you bring them here thinking we will be grateful, I will throw them away. In fact, that might be a good solution for you - bring them here and I will throw them away for you. One of the staff once fished them out of the garbage and yelled at me for throwing them out.

The other option is to eat them all at once and see how sick you get. Call your doctor first and make sure your pancreas can take it. It is a holiday, and it is OK to indulge once in a while. Unfortunately we have the opportunity for a special occasion nearly every day. We have to pick our indulgences carefully. And when they’re over, they’re over, and in this case it’s best to throw away the leftovers.

John Ferguson November 02, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Sugar is more of a drug than a food. As with other drugs, we hoard those that work for us. Sugar can give us a temporary energy boost and that feels great while it's happening. Hard to deny the appeal of cheap and freely available drugs in your home. Think sugar isn't a drug? Try cutting all refined sugar out of your diet for a week (if you're feeling like a challenge, get rid of fruits and other unrefined sweet foods as well). Did you have cravings? Yup - we're all addicts on some level..
Susan Wreden November 02, 2011 at 10:10 PM
How about donating the candy to the to the Blue Star Moms, or the homeless shelter?
DM November 02, 2011 at 10:28 PM
Sugar just spanks our immune system, ever wonder why people start getting sick in the fall? Hummmm think there might be a connection to the start of candy season.
Jeremy McLane November 02, 2011 at 11:57 PM
I wouldnt really consider it a drug, because you need it to live. But, I do agree you can get addicted to candy and super sugary foods. And believe me, thats happened to me before.
Bob Jones November 09, 2011 at 05:17 AM
In a way everything is addicting. i mean try not doing something you usually do for a week. your going to want to do that thing. for example when you just got done with a surgery and you love biking you are surely going to bike. i don't think that sugar is a drug but i can see how people want sugar but calling it a drug is quite misleading -average joe

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