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Why You Should Continue Enjoying Your Halloween Candy

Do you still have Halloween candy around? Wondering what to do with it? Did you know it is ok to enjoy Halloween candy all year round?

It may sound crazy, but yes, why shouldn’t we enjoy Halloween candy, or any candy, everyday of the year? In terms of nutrition, candy is not the most nutrient dense – no vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants to boost our health. But, candy does have health promoting qualities – maybe not the most common or noticeable, but they exist.

Sometimes the healthiest way to eat candy is to do just that – eat it! Research has shown that restricting food (not just candy) can lead to bingeing or overeating to a point of uncomfortable fullness. Hiding candy, or other “forbidden” foods, gives that food all of the power! How do we take that power away? Have those foods out and about just like the other snacks – why should they be any different?

Yes, candy is high in sugar. No, this doesn’t mean we should eat candy all day long without considering our health.

Enjoy your candy to the fullest while also considering:

  • What you Really Want: if you are in the mood for a chocolatey candy, but go for something fruity, odds are you’ll end up eating the fruity candy and eventually the chocolate candy too! Consider what you actually want and will get satisfaction from, and then completely enjoy every bite of it.
  • Are you Full: sometimes it can be sad to stop enjoying something that is so good and brings so much joy. But, it’s also uncomfortable to eat past fullness and feel sick. While you are enjoying your candy, take breaks and consider if you are still hungry or if you have had enough for the moment. And remember, you can still eat the candy again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and get all of the joyful feelings again.
  • Curiosity over Judgement: eating is a constant learning experience. If you eat too much candy one day, acknowledge it, move on, and learn from it. Be curious to learn about the signals our body’s tell us. There is no such thing as a perfect eater.

The moral of the story is, eat the candy, and enjoy the candy! Share this message with family and friends and apply it to other “forbidden” foods.

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  • November 4, 2020

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“This has been a year of unprecedented uncertainty, but through it all, Denee, chef Darby, Samantha, and the whole CulinArt team, provided the best dining experience the school has had in my thirteen year tenure.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with them, and I can't wait for next year when the craziness of COVID brings everyone back into the dining hall for meals. We look forward to working with Denee, Chef Darby, Samantha, and the rest of the CulinArt team again next year.”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“Dear Chef Anthony: Hi! It’s the kids from Room 223 [and their teacher, Mrs. Smith]. We thank you for providing us with such great snacks and lunches! We know how hard you and your staff work. We have been talking as a class and we came up with some of our favorite snacks. We really love the brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Scooby snacks. The soft pretzel bits are really good, too. Thank you again! ”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“I just wanted to touch base as another school year draws to end. I cannot thank you enough for how smoothly this year went. Chef Felix [Herrera] and his staff made it seamless in a year with lots of wrinkles.    ”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

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