In a few short days millions of Americans will kickoff the holiday season with Halloween. Halloween will begin a two month stretch of the Babylon system promoting behaviors that the scriptures strongly condemns. One of those things is gluttony and bad eating. So, on October 31st, parents will dress their kids up in costumes, go door to door and get candy, come home and eat candy for the next several days, and will go to the stores and buy all of the discounted candy and consume even more sugar.
I know this routine because I used to do the exact same thing. I could crush a 1lb bag of candy corn in one setting without even thinking about it. It was all fun and games until my Chron’s flared up and made me realize that I had to make some changes. Now I don’t eat any candy at all and might have some vegan cookies once every few months. The reality is that it should not have taken for me to get sick to realize that eating all of that sugar is unhealthy. Lets keep it real. Some of you out there could develop diabetes, have your limbs amputated, live on a dialysis machine and still think it’s a good idea to eat a cinnamon roll for breakfast like a damn fool. I have made posts in the past concerning sugar, but I feel the need to bring up the issue again since we are approaching a season that promotes sugar consumption.
I was reading some information concerning just how much sugar is consumed in America for Halloween. I developed a tootache just reading it. First let’s examine just how much money is spent on candy during Halloween. Americans spent $2.3 billion on candy last year for Halloween! Reese’s and M&M made $500 million for Halloween. The average American household spends roughly $50 on Halloween candy. Nine billion pounds of chocolate are sold for Halloween.
So how does that add up in sugar consumption? The average child will consume 3 cups of sugar for Halloween. This comes out to be a crazy 7,000 calories just on candy alone for a child!!! Three cups of sugar is equivalent to 384 grams of sugar. That is 16 times more than the 25 grams and under recommendation set by the American Heart Association. A 13 year-old boy would have to walk 100 miles to walk these calories off.
Now I know that some people are saying that it’s only one night. Let’s keep it real, that one night of gorging on candy is just an reflection of how you eat everyday. Maybe you’re not eating as much, but you’re still eating garbage everyday. The holiday season just gives you an excuse to eat like a garbage dumpster. I know this because I used to do the exact same thing.
As we come into greater knowledge and awareness of what we put in our stomach, let’s not use days like Halloween to ruin ourselves physically. I strongly feel that if we take our health seriously throughout the year then we will not ruin the hard work and dedication for some punk candy. I can guarantee, that if you get diabetes and your foot falls off, that Hershey, Mars, or any of these other candy companies are going to care that your their products are leading you to becoming a double amputee.
If you want to have some candy, fine eat your candy. But show some discipline and eat it in strict moderation. And don’t allow your kids to do whatever they want and eat a ton of candy. Set a limit and stick by your word. If they push the issue then whip that ass. You are the adult. The child can not eat 7,000 calories in candy unless the parents allow them to do so.
If you’re planning on making New Year’s resolutions to eat better then start now! You don’t have to wait until then to change up your lifestyle. Start now and go into the New Year with some momentum. Until the next post: