Got a sweet tooth? What is your favourite candy? Jolly Ranchers? Mike & Ike’s? Swedish Berries? Too many favourites? Well, that’s okay. I love candy, too!
Youth Advisory Council, UofA had a candy sale in the Chemistry building on November 13, and it was pretty sweet! =P Sorry for the terrible pun, but I thought it was fitting. 😉
I know what some of you are thinking. Some people say that candy is bad for you. Well, candy isn’t that bad for you as long as you consume it in moderation. It is not uncommon for people eat candy when they crave something sweet. Sometimes, candy can be a really good stress reliever during the exam season. It definitely keeps me going on those long 12-hour study sessions in the library.
Many of us are willing to give ourselves a little treat once in a while, but how many of us are willing to give ourselves a big present? What could this present be? No, I don’t mean buying ourselves a truck-load of candy … although, that would be kind of nice right now… The biggest present that we can give ourselves is living a healthy lifestyle.
Living a healthy lifestyle starts by eating well. Eating well does not mean eating bran flakes and oatmeal everyday, while excluding foods that you enjoy from your diet. It simply means following the Canadian Food Guide and cutting back on fatty foods, such as donuts and pastries. However, don’t feel guilty if you decide to reach for a chocolate bar or a Nanaimo bar every so often! My coach once told me to eat healthy at least 90% of the time, so this leaves quite a bit room for the odd treat. Sometimes, we just need a little bit of “comfort food”. However, please do not over indulge.
Eating well has short-term and long-term benefits. You will look great and feel good about your body in the short-term. Do I even need to talk about the long-term benefits? Psst. Here is a hint. Lowering your risk of getting breast cancer. 🙂
Cary is the Youth Advisory Council, University of Alberta Historian and guest blogger on Unhooked!