Tis the season to remember moderation
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 13:10
Hey, everyone! It’s October. You know what that means, right?
Free reign to eat Halloween candy until our heart’s content! Chocolate and peanuts and nougat, oh my!
Halloween is not until the 31st but we buy that first bag of fun sized Snickers or pumpkin-shaped Reese’s as soon as they hit the grocery store shelves the last week of September.
From there, things go a little haywire.
The sugar rush causes us to blackout when it comes to all of the chewy, caramel coated goodness we are consuming until, suddenly, we wake up on November 1st to find our Thanksgiving bellies firmly in place three weeks ahead of schedule.
According to a 2013 projection, 72% of U.S. adults plan to hand out candy this Halloween but roughly 43% of the country begin their Halloween shopping at the beginning of October.
We buy that first bag of candy knowing that it won’t make it to the end of the month.
Same goes for the second and third, sometimes even fourth. But still we justify it and say “Oops” later.
Even those of us who would not normally buy candy rationalize eating twice as much of it this month because we are “preparing for the holiday.”
And thus starts the parade of holiday themed Hershey’s bars that will march around us for the next three months.
We not only justify eating more candy overall, but at individual sittings.
Fun sized candy bars are about 1/2 the size of their larger counterparts, but I know few people who eat just two of those little nuggets and stop. It is so easy to look down and realize half the bag is gone!
And it isn’t just the candy companies making bank on our sweet teeth and need to indulge.
Bakeries and coffee shops will flavor and thing and everything with as much pumpkin as they possibly can and we will flock to it because, well, ‘tis the season.
One of my all-time favorite children’s books is Linda White’s Too Many Pumpkins. I think it holds a valuable lesson for us. There is such a thing as too much.
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies; that’s a lot of delicious, pumpkiny, calories my friends.
You will never catch me saying that sugar consumption of any sort is a bad thing, but I think it is wise to remember our old friend, moderation.
If two fun sized Snickers are the serving size, then stop at that. Or better yet, eat one and save the other for later.
Wait until the week before Halloween to buy the candy you are going to hand out to all the little goblins and ghosts who come to your door.
You already know that that is the only candy that will be making it to October 31st anyway.
Rather than eating now and regretting it later, think of a little candy now and then as a reward for showing some restraint.
That way, you can wear all of those new sweaters your grandmother got you for Christmas without having to make “Go to the gym” your New Year’s Resolution.