Join Me in the “Throw Away Your Candy Now” Campaign

When I opened my email from Dustin this morning and his advice was to “Throw Away Your Candy Now!” I just smiled and thought, he is not talking to me, I don’t need to. I am in shape at a comfortable weight and have great willpower. So I went on with my morning. Then it struck me I had already eaten some candy corn, finished the nerds left open and was sure to hit something chocolate next and it was only 9:15 AM. For the past few days, I have been consuming candy throughout the day because it is visible in our main living area, it is easy to access and I am not scared to admit it tastes pretty darn good. I am scared to think how many pieces I actually ate since Sunday. If I had written it down, Dustin would probably ask to use it as an example of the worst food journal ever. You mean different colored candies aren’t different food groups?

Thanks to Dustin’s simple advice of “Throw Away Your Candy Now!” I am taking action as soon as I am done typing. When my three young daughters find out, they will probably start a riot with lots of yelling and throwing of pillows so to avoid any long term mental anguish and to quiet my house I have decided it will be best if I let them pick their favorite 10 pieces and then get rid of the rest. Any suggestions on where the rest should go? It feels so wasteful to throw it away, yet if I give it to someone else is that doing them any favors?

Please join me in the “Throw Away Your Candy Now!” movement so you don’t sabotage all the hard work you put in each day to reach your weight and fitness goals. Let me know if you take my challenge!

Go Out, Get Active,


  1. How about the Dentist Buyback program where they send it to the troops overseas?

  2. Karen,
    I liked your point about how much candy your were eating without even realizing it. Good reminder!

    Thanks for your blog post.

  3. Great idea Penny. I looked and there are several dentists in my area that participate. I know my girls love $ even more than candy!!

    I encourage everyone to find a dentist near them to take the candy to. Don’t forget to call first to make sure they are participating in the program and that they are accepting candy.

    Thanks again.

  4. I received an email from Noodles this week. On Sunday November 7 from 11AM to 9PM, kids 12 and under can swap some candy for a bowl of small noodles. The kids might find this fun.

  5. You can also drop it off at a neighborhood center or after-school program. Not ideal nutrition for the kids, but it lasts a long time so they can dole it out as special treats over the next several months….

  6. Done!!! Our closest dentist is 3 1/2 hours away, so I opted to throw it out. The kids still have their favorites. Thanks for the inspiration!!! It’s been 2 days since I binged on Candy so feeling like I am back on track!! 🙂

  7. Thank you for that! We just sorted the candy (I let the kids pick their 1 favorite to keep) and the rest is being shipped off! THANK GOODNESS! If I ate one more piece of chocolate I was going to knock my head into a wall! FEELS GOOD!

  8. too late for me! i already ate it all!!! (i can’t be the only one…)

  9. hahaha Sue…you are so funny! I have never heard of dentists buying it for oversees…so, do the troops give it to the kids over there?? Assuming the troops aren’t binging on it and becoming wild soldiers??! So the idea is that each kid gets maybe one piece, no harm done??

  10. I’m glad people are having this discussion. I am constantly concerned about celebrating life with candy. My children like to trick-or-treat, but I have never let them eat the candy. They still like to go, so I let them, but I’m appalled at what we feed our kids in the name of fun. I throw the candy away and tell my kids it is not food. I don’t always likefeeling so out of the norm, but I just cannot give my kids soda or fast food. I hear experts telling adults to give up soda, fast food, and sugar to repair their health, but here we are handing it out to children. I tell my children if you have made it to your age (3,6,9,11) without drinking soda or eating fast food, you might as well not start, because you know you don’t need it. My kids are proud of being smart healthy eaters. They have struggled to find good choices or bring their own to school, scouts, soccer, dance–almost every event means celebrating with candy or junk.

    For that reason, I am happy to see someone leading the discussion about protecting our little ones from this. Thank you for your blog, and thanks to Dustin for getting others to join him in his journey.


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