A few weeks ago (really? only three or four weeks ago??) I decided to stop eating candy. To be fair, I don’t eat a huge amount of candy anyway, but The Boy tends to keep it around to snack on occasionally as a little treat, and on days when I’m working from home… well I can chomp through a surprising number of Daim or mini-eggs without really noticing.
It was the “not really noticing” part that inspired me to do this: I’m not so much against candy — after all, I think everyone should sneak small treats (edible or not) into their day where they can — but the idea of shovelling stuff mindlessly into my mouth, particularly something that’s bad for my teeth, and probably none too good for my blood sugar levels (and thus mood/energy) when I wasn’t even benefiting from the enjoyment of it? That seemed like a habit that should be curtailed forthwith.
Having survived a month or so now, I have to say I haven’t noticed any difference at all in my happiness. I have noticed a greater sensitivity to sugar (eating late-night cake as a snack is now a no-no, or I’ll be wide awake till the wee hours) and I’ve also noticed that I don’t really seem to look for random snacks unless I’m working at home. (Hmm… something for the location-triggered-ness of habit and memory?) Happily, my kitchen is filled with whole-wheat English muffins (“recipe” soon to be posted) which, given the amount of jam I slather on, are probably just as bad as the candy, but since they require time to toast and prepare, the ritual of getting them ready means I don’t just shovel them mindlessly away. Which was the point after all.
I’ve been reading about these little cookies on and off in cooking and pastry blogs for… eighteen months now? They’re definitely all the rage. Despite my love of egg-white-based desserts though, I have to be honest: I don’t really see the appeal. Maybe these ones just weren’t that good (chewy and soft inside, not dry, but sweet enough to make you thirsty, not enough filling in my opinion) but they seem like a lot of hype for something that, quite frankly, I’d gladly eschew for one of Kim Boyce’s chocolate chip cookies, although I admit they wouldn’t look nearly as cute stacked up next to a tea cup.
(Ooh! Unrelated! I have the cutest tea-related thrifting find to share when I get back!)
On the plus side, hopefully my disillusionment with the macaron will spare me from a sugar-laden (and expensive!) new addiction? How were all your weekends?