Welcome to Opening Day of Candy Season!! 2 straight months of candy.
Candy Season is for adults who feel deprived by not having a special candy time, even though they can decide what they want to eat on an everyday basis. Unlike children, adults can choose when they want to have candy. So candy season is, well, anytime they damn well want to eat candy.
The period between Halloween and somewhere around New Year's Day is the chance to indulge in goodies we might not think to make during the rest of the year. Even I made a pumpkin pie, because, well, it was October.
My pumpkin pie isn't that indulgent, since I use almond milk instead of sweetened condensed milk and use less sweetener and incorporate maple sugar and maple syrup in lieu of traditional sugar.
This isn't to brag by any extent. But my reluctance to indulge in candy season is that too much of my eating outside Candy Season is not going well.
- Good candy management makes all the difference on Halloween
- Starting the holiday chocolate express to weight gain?
At a time where we ate fewer processed foods and our candy was slightly healthier than today, having a Candy Season was a way to keep up our weight, especially if we lived in a colder environment.
Children embrace Candy Season much easier because a) they really like candy; b) they run around way more than adults; and c) they don't get to make as many positive candy decisions outside Candy Season.
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas bring out the child within us, and that is a wonderful, marvelous thing. You should dress up for Halloween, relive memories with dishes served at Thanksgiving, and open your Christmas presents in your pajamas.
But you don't have to eat candy like you were still a child, because a) candy doesn't taste as good as it did when you were a child; b) you don't run or walk around much these days; and c) you get to eat as much candy as you want 365 days a year.
This isn't to say that you can't indulge in treats or sweetness. You can have that pumpkin pie since you are getting a vegetable (with lots of sugar). You can have a Christmas cookie (with eggs and butter). You can have a baked good (made with whole wheat flour).
Candy is usually sugar, corn syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup with dyes and artificial colors. With baked goods, you are getting a variety of ingredients and energy from foods that will last a little bit longer in your system than candy.
Adults deserve better than candy. Adults deserve sweetness but at a level that suits who they are now. You've outgrown candy even if you haven't outgrown sweetness.
Like Trix (and treats), Candy Season is just for kids.
Being an adult means making adult decisions about what you put in your body. Children are in a tug-of-war between fun food and food you have to eat to be big and strong. Adults should find their own balance of food easier to do since they are in control of their own process.