Halloween night is great!!! A client of mine discusses his experience. He got tons of candy and since he could no longer have it every day he was looking forward to it more than ever. In denial, he had made himself believe he would be able to keep it. It started like every other Halloween. He was excited with great anticipation. He didn’t remember that he was going to have to hand in his candy for toys. His mother thought the toys were a great idea; he wished he had felt the same way. When it came down to handing in the candy, he was reluctant to. The toys were not as important to him as fitting in at school.
The day before, the children at school were talking about previous hauls. He recalled crying inside as he handed the candy over to his mother. He didn’t understand and pictured his friends and schoolmates unwrapping their bounty and enjoying every moment. He was right, the next day in school everyone was talking about the incredible candy they got, comparing how much and who got the best candy. He kept silent because he got only toys and had to give up his bounty of candy. That Halloween was not so great, but that would soon change when he started cheating on his diet and started lying.
Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE, is a diabetes-focused psychotherapist. His private practice, located in New York City and is also available via Skype. LeBow, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1977, treats the many diverse cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs of people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
All the advice included in this blog is therapeutic in nature and should not be considered medical advice. Before making any changes to your diabetes maintenance program, please consult with your primary physician or endocrinologist.