Interesting concept Justin shared with me today: the average American consumes 2 pounds of candy a month (24 pounds a year).
That’s like eating more than a pack of M&M’s every day.
This he picked up from watching The Biggest Loser.
And, this was me yesterday as we trolled, I mean, strolled the aisles at WALMART looking for a Crock-Pot (so that I can actually start cooking, I mean crocking).
I was dumbfounded by the amount of candy in this barrel.
It’s like every ten-year-old movie-goers dream.
Personally, I favored the Skittles over Hot Tamales or Nerds when I was a kid. I eventually grew into Raisinets. Mostly because I could justify the treat as a healthy choice — there are real raisins in there! But, these days, I am a no butter popcorn girl.
Sweet teeth aside, I have found that I reach for these comfort foods when stress sets in — well, I should say, I crave these comfort foods and I have yet to cave to them over this experiment (post cleanse).
Today almost sent me over the edge, moving being one of my big triggers of stress. And, we do it every 6 months, oh joy.
But, I think I found a new solution to this stress induced comfort craving — and Positive Psychology Daily News swears by it too!
According to this article, swearing (yes —bad words, bleeps, cussing) has been proven to reduce pain or frustration.
All in all, the traditional social norm that proclaims swearing is all bad does not conform to what we learn from science. Swearing can be beneficial in a physically painful situation and in a truly threatening circumstance.
That may be all the permission I need.
I just might try it tomorrow when we are moving the heavy furniture into our apartment. Maybe we should alert the neighbors?
Hey, this year is about finding out what’s good for my head, heart, body and soul. And, if dropping an f-bomb is what it takes …well …let’s just say I am fully committed.
And, it’s good timing too— tomorrow is an F*ing Friday.
Instead of a mouth full of candy, I might just find myself with a mouth full of soap.