Candy bars, some of America's favorite treats, are changing to become healthier. Nestle is removing some artificial ingredients from its Crunch, Butterfinger, Oh Henry!, and other treats. This article explains that the reason for the change is a direct response to consumer interest in healthier foods.

You can expect to see the revamped treats in mid-2015 available for purchase. Nestle USA president says that there will be no compromise in taste rather just fewer artificial ingredients.

We could look at this trend of modifying some of America's most iconic treats and say, "the world of candy bars is forever changing and will never be the same". Or we can look at this trend and say "no big deal I love my candy bars and in the end you simply cannot mess with chocolate".

The point here is while trends come and go, and yes Americans want to be healthier people, there is more to being healthy than eating a less artificially flavored candy bar. There is a lifestyle shift that needs to happen with diet, exercise, sleep, etc. in order to achieve success.

I use this example because investing and being successful with your financial plan is very similar to having the commitment to being a healthier person. You're not just going to eat the candy bar with less fake stuff in it. You need to establish healthy habits. With investing you're not just going to mindlessly put 3% into your 401k and not give it thought until you retire in 10, 20, or 30 years.

In order to accomplish your financial goals and feel that you have been successful with your plan you must understand that first, you need a plan and second, you need an advisor to help you.

Every person has different goals with different ways to accomplish them. So, take the time and make the effort to give yourself and your family the chance at a well-planned future. And once in a while, enjoy the sweetness of your favorite candy bar!

Caroline Hill, Financial Advisor


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