Thursday, October 16, 2008

'tis the season!

I hate to be Debbie Downer here, but this was really eye opening to me so I've to share these awful details with you.

Halloween pretty much launches the feasting season - the holidays upon us literally join social events with heaps and piles of FOOD. So, here's your first sobering thought towards yum yum, one piece at a time.

Add 100 extra calories a day and you will gain 10 lbs. in a year. This is how important it is to watch our daily caloric intake.

What is it about candy bowls on secretary's desks? Always full and heaping over with our favorite snack-size candy bars, temping us in an almost therapuic and nurturing way... we call Barbara our "Team Mom" because she takes such good care of us and stopping by her desk for a chat and a piece of candy can totally make your day. However, read this next fact: "Eating a mini snack-size candy bar isn't so bad, but we can never eat just one, right? Just one SNACK-SIZE Kit Kat bar alone has 200 calories and 11 grams of fat." Holy smokes. I'll settle for just chat time from now on :)

A few better options are Twizzlers, Milky Way bars, peppermint patties, candy corn (YAY!), jelly beans and fruit chews. Keep in mind, these are still extra calories and even lead to cavities if we're not careful.

And don't think that for one minute your morning stop at Starbuck's for coffee and "Ohhh, I guess I'll just get a little muffin or scone for the road" gets you off the hook. Get this: "One pumpkin loaf from Starbuck's has 330 calories and 12 grams of fat and that sweet little pumpkin scone is even WORSE with 500 calories and 20 grams of fat."

I thought I'd save the worst for last and since it is my favorite, I hoped we could all mourn together? Ok, brace yourself for this. Cheesecake Factory, (I see you grimacing with pain already) the beloved pecan pumpkin cheesecake... one slice... one heavenly, delicious slice of precious deliciousness... 950 calories and 58 grams of fat.

And with that, I'm exhausted and need to go cry.

Just kidding... it's good stuff to know. I think I more often than not go blindly into justifying each little snack-size Snickers and la la la don't even think about how it's affecting my weight or health for the day.

I'm just happy that candy corn is pretty much ok... well maybe just kinda ok... aaand I'm justifying it again. Viscious cycle, isn't it?


stacey said...

now i am depressed. thanks.

Andrea Himmelsehr said...

This is good to know. I had planned a trip to the gym today, but now I will make sure I go three times! I was *this close* to buying one of said cheesecakes from Sams a few days ago, and I am so glad I did not. Thank you for the public service announcement, Liz!