The Candy Dish: Sour, Sweet, Gone! Back »

Written by Nicole Pinkelman under the direction and review of Nikki Prosch.


It’s common to see a candy dish sitting on a counter, at checkout or sitting on a desk when you walk by, and sight of this dish may cause temptations to creep up. Cravings brought on by this candy may leave us feeling sour; we envision our taste buds feeling satisfied with sweetness; and it’ll all be worth it until the bowl is gone, right? Not necessarily. Lack of self-control practices and continuous mindless eating habits can raise your sugar intake, possibly leading to unhealthy habits and even raising the number you see on the scale.

Sour: That candy dish will stare at you until you grab just one piece.

That bitter candy dish seems to always find the weakness in you as you grab just one piece of candy. However, some people have a lack of self-control and grab more than that one piece. Self-control is simply limiting yourself from doing an activity, or, in this case, turning away from the sweet food cravings. Usually, people with less self-control will eat more and fail to realize when he/she is full. This lack of control could potentially lead to weight gain over time.

Sweet: Literally.

Candy dishes are the eye candy as you work, cook, or do other daily activities. On the sweet side of things, in moderation, eating candy isn’t an unhealthy behavior. Developing self-control practices on daily cravings can be successful for weight control and proper healthy behavior. So don’t be afraid to give into the sweet temptation every so often, just remember moderation is key.

Gone: Wait, already?!

As you continue to do your daily activities, suddenly, you reach for the candy dish one last time and there is no longer anything there. This would be an example of what’s known as mindless eating, which refers to failing to know when to start eating and lacking to notice when to stop eating. Without hunger level in mind, people tend to “mindlessly” chomp away until they feel the bottom of the bowl. With mindless eating habits, people typically notice a gain in their weight.

In Summary

Although candy dishes are not completely bad to have around, it is still a healthy practice to keep the candy tucked away in a desk cupboard or somewhere out of sight. This will help self-control and help avoid mindless eating. With good practice, decreasing mindless eating and increasing self-control will help weight control and living a healthy lifestyle.


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