For me, good eating habits are all about the habit, the pattern I click into on a daily basis. Having lots of candy around means cheap candy becomes my after-dinner habit, instead of fresh fruit, or a few dates and nuts. The easiest way to break this habit? Get rid of the candy. That means setting aside a few pieces of candy for myself and my husband, pawning off a little more on friends, and throwing the rest in the trash. I hate wasting food, but I don't feel a shred of guilt about throwing away what, quite honestly, barely qualifies as food. (A peek at the ingredient list usually brushes away any lingering doubts.)
For a fascinating explanation of the science of habit, and how to kick bad eating habits, check out this post from Charles Duhigg, author of the book The Power of Habit:
→ Kicking the Dessert Habit at Dinner: A Love Story
How do you deal with the excess of candy at this time of year?