cj- I guess I like to have things last. A piece of gum will last me 1/2 the day. Hell I've gone to bed with gum, woke up and began chewing again. That's one of the joys of being bald, I can go to bed with gum and not worry about a disaster when I wake up.
I don't eat candy canes for the simple reason that I always end up stabbing myself in the mouth with them.
1) eat real food - more vegetables, moderate meat, moderate fruits, less grains, less sugar, less vegetable oils.
2) exercise - moderate intensity cardio, sprinting, heavy lifting, dedicated stretching and mobility.
3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.
Disclaimer: I'm not professionally qualified to make any formal recommendations. I've just done my homework and I'm my own guinea pig. All of my data, unless otherwise cited, comes from a sample size of n=1 (me).
Mike, you're not the only one to make candy canes into lethal weapons. I sometimes I do that too and I have a 4 year old that does it all the time. I've taken to breaking her candy canes into pieces, because I worry that she'll make it into a sharp point and run with it while it's in her hands or mouth. When she runs around the house, things get broken, people get hurt. Let's not add "people get shanked and bleed to death" to the list of things that can happen around that kid.