It’s one thing to plan for what you’ll do when the weather turns cold, Halloween sneaks in, and Thanksgiving is on the horizon — but it’s quite another to actually go on and do it.
Although I’m quite good at keeping myself in check, the change of the seasons does trigger the desire for foods. The cold weather makes comfort food seem all the more appealing, and as the season shifts towards a celebratory mood, all the little seasonal delights really come into focus. You see everyone who went picking up the Halloween candy-bags, picking out the candy that they like, so that they can nibble the left-overs. There are stories of parents raiding their kids’ candy hauls (with scribbled IOU notes dropped into place, naturally). And after that, as the daylight changes hue and people’s dress changes colour with it, it has inescapably become baking season.
It’s tough, because there are healthy options, and we do cook and eat them. But at the same time, you can’t eat too many of them, because ultimately, too much food is still too much food, no matter how healthy it may be.
But against all that, we are making it work. The seasonal delights are there, but occasional instead of ever-present; they’re treats, just as they were when I was still a kid, rather than the staples they often seem to have become. And that seems to be enough to enjoy the season, and not feel too deprived, while still sticking to our guns.
At least, so far. Fingers crossed that it continues that way.