This is Easter week, and there are small, dangerous items lurking on grocery store shelves, in friend’s pantries, your co-workers desk and perhaps your own house. John and I went out the other night and bought some Easter candy to put in those adorable plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt. Besides candy being awfully expensive, it is also awfully high in calories. Here are some examples:
Peeps Chocolate Egg, Hollow – 420 calories
1 Cadbury Cream egg – 150 calories
1 Reese’s Peanut Butter egg – 180 calories
5 Malted Easter Eggs, large size – 180 calories
35 Jelly Beans – 140 calories
Those calorie amounts are high for what you get. If you are disciplined, and can just decide within yourself to eat just a taste of your favorite and keep moving forward, I am impressed and proud of you. If you are more like I was (and still can be), and find it difficult to resist opening one Cadbury egg, eating it, then quickly dispensing with two or three more in rapid succession, understanding the caloric cost of your choices can help you tread lightly when it comes to those tiny, foiled wrapped goodies that pack a huge wallop calorie-wise.
People often ask me if I ever eat candy, and the answer is yes. But the qualification to that answer is that I rarely overindulge because the calories just aren’t worth it. Although Easter only comes once a year, the relationship you develop with food during your weight loss journey lasts a lifetime. If you find yourself using the holiday as an excuse to eat bunches of candy just because it’s the only time of year Cadbury releases those gooey eggs, I’d encourage you to think about how you are going to handle all the other holidays and social occasions that come around each and every year.
We have so many opportunities to overindulge, that if we continually eat more than we intend during each holiday season, it may make staying on your weight loss track difficult. Am I saying that you should never have a piece of Easter candy? No. I’m simply reminding you that even though you may be in the midst of your weight loss journey now, there are going to be other Easter celebrations throughout the rest of your life.
If you decide to indulge in Easter candy, that’s a valid choice – provided you are doing so with deliberation, planning and a realization that too much Easter candy can lead to the desire for more, and the desire for more may make it difficult to stop after the Easter candy has gone away.
So what do I eat at Easter? I usually have a couple pieces of Dove dark chocolate and a small, child-size handful of jelly beans – although not at the same time. I don’t mix fruit candy with chocolate candy! Ruins both in my opinion!!
How do you view Easter candy? Indulge carefully, skip altogether or throw caution to the wind? Diane