Slice of Life

Funnel cake vs. gown, health

2011-06-12T00:00:00Z Funnel cake vs. gown, healthBy Christine Kraly nwitimes.com
June 12, 2011 12:00 am  • 

You take that first, delicious, crispy bite.

Cinnamon and oil drip down your chin in a gooey mess of amazing.

Summer festival season is upon us.

(And so are the calories that come with it.)

Elephant ears are my downfall.

I like to engage my friends and family in a little debate of funnel cake vs. elephant ear. Cake usually wins, but I'll always be an ear girl.

My stomach usually rumbles a bit at the fairs' arrival, especially my hometown Pierogi Fest.

But this year, as the first announcements of dates and musical acts eked out, I became anxious instead of excited.

Maybe it's because it's The Year of the Dress -- a new Zodiac year I've designated to remind me I must look good in a bridal gown this September.

And that autumn month falls nicely as all these food-worship fests wrap.

It's nice timing for a gal who enjoys her ears.

But more so than the dress, I've started to see these fests as quick-hit culprits in our state's health, or lack thereof.

Indiana has high rates of smoking and obesity, two health-killers exacerbated among the rows of pierogi and pastries.

Some states, including ours, seem to recognize the fests don't help this battle.

Leading the charge, the Indiana State Fair said it would only fry all those Twinkies, Oreos and other things that shouldn't be fried but taste delicious, in trans fat oil.

That's a good first step.

But it's just a step.

We're STILL frying Twinkies, Oreos and other less-than-healthy goodies in oil. And eating them. Lots of them.

Trust me, I won't abandon having an ear this year just to look pretty in white lace.

You won't catch me counting calories or carbs religiously.

But I'll be sweating a little extra on the treadmill the next day.

Not just for some one-day frock, but to strive for my own good health.

So, as we all down our funnel cakes and fried egg rolls, let's keep in mind how we might balance out the bad.

Not just so we can live a little longer. But so we can enjoy those savory fair temptations with a little less worry.

 

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