Fall is a time for cool weather, beautiful leaves and the beginning of candy season. Candy season starts in the fall and ends in spring. Halloween starts the season. Then we have Thanksgiving followed by Christmas, Valentine’s Day and finally Easter! Wherever you go, you are reminded of the season with beautiful packages and exciting media post that remind us of candy. Candy has come a long way. Candy’s history started back in 1500 BC where we obtained our “sweet tooth” from honeycombs. We observe candy history with Egyptians with the combination of honey with fruit and nuts. In the 1500’s the first chocolate bar was created. Finally, in the 1920’s candy canes became the rage!
We have a long history with sweets and there is a good reason. When we eat sugar, it releases the neurotransmitter serotonin in our gut that tells us we feel good and safe. The problem is that this feeling is short lived; the feeling is gone. The more we have it the more we want it. Sugar addiction has been compared to alcohol and cocaine addiction.
Now living in the 21st century, surviving and surpassing candy season is a must. The American Heart Association recommends 5 teaspoons or 25 g or less of added sugar daily for women and 9 teaspoons or 36 g or less of added sugar for men. When we look at some of our popular candy today, we observe one serving provides 2/3 of the amount of added sugar recommended in only one serving for one entire day.
Some of our favorites with amount of sugar per serving.
- candy corn has 32 grams of sugar per serving
- reeses has 22 grams of sugar per serving
- gummy bears has 18 grams per serving
- chocolate kiss has 18 grams per serving
Mindful eating is the practice of cultivating an open-minded awareness of how the food we choose to eat affects one’s body, feelings, mind, and all that is around us. This means when you eat your candy, try to focus on eating it and limit other activities and distractions. Eat slowly and think about how it tastes, smells, and how you feel after you eat it.
Sugar Free Sweet Trends:
We have many sweet options on the market today and the web at our fingertips!
- https://www.drjohns.com/: This is a company that sells sugar free candy sweetened with monk fruit and no artificial additives or preservatives!
- https://www.smartsweets.com/: This company sells gummy bears sweetened with fruit and stevia. There all kinds of these products available in natural foods stores as well.
Try a New Recipe:
Have you ever tried cooking with protein powder? It can be a lot of fun and a great way to build more nutrition into your sweets. A great place to start is to review a popular resource: www.proteinpow.com. Pinterest is also a great place to research sugar free treats. You can always come to our Baking Class Dec 2! Asks us about the details!
Keep Track :
Self monitoring has been proven in research to be one of the best ways to stay healthy. Just by documenting what you eat, you are more mindful. You think about what you are going to eat and make a better, healthier decision. Having some candy in moderation and knowing how it fits into your day sets you up for success in the long run. There are many online tools that are easy and fun to use. Ask us about this at your next visit. We will also discuss at an upcoming blog!
Visualize your wellness goals. Make a list of what you want to occur. Short term and long term goals keep you on track to meet your expectations. Remember, for heart health, eat sugar in moderation! Add a new strategy to your current routine and make it a habit for long-term sustainable health!