I like to refer to candy as just sugar. Sugar is like a drug in many ways. The more you eat it, the more you want. Your body does need a little bit of sugar to keep a well-maintained balance, but sugar has no vitamins or nutrients. If you feel cravings for it a lot, that means you have an addiction. But don’t worry, it is not that hard to get rid of it. The good news is that if you don’t consume candy for about 5-8 days, then you won’t want it anymore. The best way to start is on a day when you don’t feel a strong craving for sweets, otherwise you won’t get passed the first day and it will make you want to give this whole thing up. The first three days of not eating sugar will be the hardest. You will feel like there is nothing in the world that you want more than just one piece of chocolate or a tasty donut. You will feel tense and a bit wired, but if you manage to live through this phase and not eat any of it, after 3 days it will be a lot easier not to think about it. After about a week you will feel free from this addiction. At some point later on the cravings will come back, but it will be a lot easier to resist them. When you feel that you have obtained control over your cravings, treat yourself to a little piece of cake or have a donut, maybe even two. As long as you don’t feel like you need to eat the entire box, you’re good. Otherwise, start all over again with a sugar free week.
I found this great article “Hack Your Brain to Use Cravings To Your Advantage” on how to understand and control cravings. It proves what I just said in more detailed and scientific terms.