I read the USA article by Nanci Hellmich detailing some candy calorie amounts, and I thought I’d share them with you. I know – I’m cruel! 🙂
Honestly though – I loved halloween candy when I was overweight. The stores started putting out the candy sometime in September or early October, giving me plenty of time to buy a bag, eat a bag, buy two bags, eat two bags all under the pretense of having enough candy for our church’s fall festival. I’d justify the purchase to myself by telling myself that “that candy is a good price” so I’ll buy a couple of bags to save money. Unfortunately, I ended up spending lots more money on that candy than was necessary. Both monetarily and calorie wise. Here’s the list from the USA Today article:
- Fun-size Butterfinger: 85 calories, 3.5 grams fat
- Fun-size Snickers: 80 calories, 4 grams fat
- Fun-size M&Ms: 73 calories, 3 grams fat
- Snack-size Hershey’s Milk Chocolate: 67 calories, 4 grams fat
- 10 candy corns: 75 calories, no fat (JUST 10!!)
- Fun-size Skittles: 60 calories, 0.7 grams fat
- Tootsie Roll pop: 60 calories, no fat
- Starburst Fruit Chews (2): 40 calories, 0.8 grams fat
When I hold one of these in my hand these days, I often think to myself, “What about this piece of chocolate held so much sway over me in my obese days?” Now, I’ve read some books, including Dr. Kessler’s “The End of Overeating,” and I understand the “whys” but it is still amazing to me that something so small could have so much power.
A lot of people ask me if I still eat candy. I could lie and say, “Oh, never.” But, if you asked my kids they would laugh and say that I do occasionally have a piece of candy or some chocolate chips. And so do they. For me, I’ve come to the point that I can have a piece without eating the whole bag, but it did take me a long time to get there. Those first years of dieting and then maintenance found me struggling with controlling the chocolate/candy impulse. It took time to break my taste buds and my mind from feeling the “need” for candy.
Now that Halloween is almost upon us and Christmas won’t be far behind, how do you handle the abundance of candy on co-worker’s desk, in a bowl at stores and lining the grocery store shelves?
Have a bit? Say “no way,” or do you find it hard to be satisfied with a small amount? Diane