Top obstacles this holiday season…

and how to overcome them! “Great Aunt Judy made my favorite holiday cookies just for me. How can I pass those up?” Don’t let that one cookie blow your entire day or week! You can allow yourself a little treat, but just plan ahead. Look forward to and completely enjoy and savor that cookie if you…

Candy Season Is Here

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…