Step slowly away from the cupcakes


While it’s typical in most offices for people to bring in sweet treats, ours doesn’t typically go overboard. Until it does.

Today’s offender: blue and turquoise (we think) red velvet cupcakes. The food dye alone should be enough to put even the most dedicated sweet eater (which is decidedly not me) off sweets. Uh, thanks Tracy.

Last week it was a leftover Easter basket (I’m looking at you, Heather K).

Other recent offerings have included molten lava chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, doughnuts, muffins and cookies.

Stop the madness! I’ve been meaning to bring in a veggie tray. Call it the straw that broke the chocolate Easter bunny’s back.

Before I started here, I worked in a university bookstore. At one point, we went through a long cycle of sugary stuff being brought in every day. What finally drove me over the edge? A giant frosted, store-bought, post-Valentine's day cookie (re: half-off). I complained in the way that other people complain about harassment and office bullying.

We’ve begun a new round of phone calls to see what’s up out there (I am in fact, writing this blog to avoid the phone). Among the folks I’ll be talking to are those who see the everyday ill effects of obesity on blood sugars (you knew I was going to say that), mobility, sleep and general quality of life.

I plan to call the sleep peeps to talk about the latest study on how sleep apnea can impair memory functions (which has also been said about diabetes). I’ll be powered by good healthy food choices and hopefully, lots of pithy quotes.

Gotta run. I need to make my shopping list.

Theresa Flaherty