For those of you who know me, it will come as no big surprise that Halloween was my favorite holiday.
Yes, yes, yes… even more beloved to me then the gift giving Christmas and the chocolate egg filled Easter, and there were two main reasons: I could dress up like the intriguing green faced witch in Wizard of OZ, who spun her broom around and disappeared in a cloud of smoke. WOW! But more so, because of the CANDY! Not just one kind, but all shapes, colors, textures, flavors and crazy amounts! Carmel, chocolate, licorice, gummies and crying out loud, the variety! I would eat til’ my stomach and butt blew up. Nothing could stop me; I was the unstoppable eating machine… this was Nirvana.
That was until the late night belly ache-the sugar coma and I’d wake up feeling like a character in the walking dead. 🙁
I didn’t outgrow this crazy behavior, it just grew wings! I would swipe my kids candy after they went to bed and they soon became savvy to my sneaky ways. They found amazingly clever hiding places.-Smart kids. But as smart as they were, I was more determined. I’d spend however much time it took to find their stash, almost like a game of hide and seek. Why not just go buy my own? It wasn’t the same, I wanted to sort through all the jewels those pillow cases held- more tempting then any shiny diamonds.
Many years later, here looms another Halloween and now it’s no longer my favorite holiday. WHAT? I’ve finally out-grown it, the candy and the costumes,( but never the essence of this fun holiday!)
Sometimes it still amazes me that I can pass out all those sugary, bites sized trinkets and not feel the need to steal and hide my own candy!
With my thievery days over, those sparkling treats are no longer sugar, but instead a healthy, happier life and freedom from sugar addiction. Yes, let’s call it what is was, an addiction. It was all fun and games until I ended up with my share of health issues that stemmed from the inflammation that sugar can cause.
Healthy and Grown
Today will start the flow of one holiday after another and even though I’ve traveled a very long way, I try never to forget how miserable this substance made me feel- physical and mentally. I won’t be so bold as to say I have arrived, but I have somehow managed it. I feel free from it, but never take my freedom for granted.
Some of you might not be able to relate to the sugar thing, that’s o.k. But possibly you can relate to not feeling so good about the state of your energy, health or weight. Almost anyone can relate to something that steels your joy and takes away your personal power. This is what my sugar addiction did, it seemed to make me happy at the time, but inside I secretly knew that I was literally making myself sick.
As we move along with the kickoff of this holiday season, we are all on the same side, in the same tribe, the same team. Whether it’s too much alcohol, sugar or just gooey foods that will be your temptation, I hope to guide us all through the magic of the holidays without the guilt and Pepto-Bismol.
I want each of us all to partake and enjoy- and realize that we will probably go a bit overboard, but here is the gift: I can bet that we will do better than you did the year before and the year before that, because with awareness we have the advantage- with knowledge comes power, not perfection. Just aiming for a bit better as we move along with our own personal journey.