The candy’s not going anywhere.


The candy’s not going anywhere.

October 31, 2014

One of my best friends sent this to me this morning.

Caloric equivalents of some of our favorite treats.

Caloric equivalents of some of our favorite treats.


Here’s the problem with this kind of scare tactic:

It doesn’t actually help anyone over the long-term.

Sure, maybe the exercise and calorie equivalents are well-intentioned, and it may certainly make you think twice before indulging in a treat, but the mentality that you *have* to burn off any kind of sugar you eat via exercise is misguided.

“Oh, I’ll only eat this Almond Joy if I know that I can burn it off by doing some Tabatas afterward.”
“A stick of gum? No worries, that’s one lap around the neighborhood.”

This is how eating disorders begin.

Here’s a newsflash: it’s entirely possible to thoroughly enjoy a treat in moderation and move on with your life.

No guilt.
No compensatory behavior.

And listen. Just because it’s a special time of year does not mean that you have to eat ALL the candy.

The candy’s not going anywhere.

(Seriously, it’s not.)

Who says that if I don’t eat this Heath bar, that I won’t be able to go to the store and purchase some a month from now?
Who says that I *have* to eat everything in front of me right this very instant?

Candy is not necessarily a fat-gaining food. If you’re smart about your consumption and you take into context the rest of your day’s eats, it’s entirely possible to maintain your current shape – or hell, even lean out – while enjoying these kinds of treats.

Remember: nobody got fat from eating one cookie.

This is the kind of bullshit that really grinds my gears.

Oh, and happy Halloween.

  1. Lily Wu 6 years ago


    I’m writing this to you as a sort of a cry for help. I have been bulimic for the past three years (2.5 of which have been ‘in recovery’) and have had bouts of non-purging, but I’d still binge. At my worst, 6 months into my disorder at 18 years old, I was vomiting 6 times a day. Since I came back for my last year of college, I still binge once or twice weekly, and purge afterwards. I consider myself extremely knowledgeable about my own eating patterns and have done more research on eating disorders than anyone I know. I started lifting heavy about 8 weeks ago and instantly fell in love–I felt that i was eating to fuel my body and was happy to eat to build muscle and promote growth. I adopted IIFYM around the same time, hoping that it would help me in my recovery. however, it hasn’t done that and I am still binging, despite allowing myself treats guilt-free most of the days of the week.
    As someone with experience, I wonder what your input is on IIFYM as compounding or exacerbating eating disorder tendencies, particularly as it does still have to do with counting. I’ve tried doing this for 4 weeks with no success. I’ve been trying to lean out, but knowing that I am still struggling with binging is holding me back on achieving my goals. Do you advise that I drop IIFYM and eat what I want (like popular eating disorder articles will advise) until I reach a healthier non-binge mentality? I’d appreciate any reply!

    • Sarah Jeffrey 6 years ago

      hi, i suffered from binge eating problems until recently when i read this book which has really helped me – brain over binge by kathryn hansen – you can download the ebook free here if you want to have a look at it 🙂

      • Lily Wu 6 years ago

        Haha hi Sarah!
        Thanks for the plug! That’s very funny because I’ve actually owned that book for two years and it’s sitting on my bookshelf right now. I found it helpful in the beginning, but as it and its method’s novelty wore off I got lazy and stopped separating my primal binge urges from my normal brain, unfortunately =/

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