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About- Serving Sizes

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ok, so I am thinking about means give or take a tad. Right? Wrong!

I know you are supposed to stick to your portion and/or serving sizes. However, sometimes it just doesn't work out that way.
Example: Lunch at work!
I try to buys things in advance that are somewhat sensible, cheap as possible and simple as possible. So, I normally buy things that can be stored for awhile and are quick to make. Such things as Oscar Meyer Deli Sandwiches, Soup at Hand, TV Dinners, CHEF BOYARDEE! Sometimes I forget my lunch and if I have items that don't last longer than a few days they become a waste of money as well a waste of good food. Don't get me wrong I do take left overs on occasion, but left overs are not thought out 2 weeks in advance like I normally would prefer.

So, I am sitting at work with my BIG BOWL Chef Boyardee Lasagna. I know, I know I should have went with the regular bowl. However, I had a coupon for the big ones. I go to the gym on lunch so I eat main part of meal before and then apple sauce or something after. On this particular day I am eating only the lasagna and apple sauce. Of course I am going to eat the whole bowl, because I can't stand to waste something that tastes so good. In addition, why not eat it all when I have nothing else to go with it before the gym.

Anyways, as I go to log it into my nutrition tracker I take a good look (for once) at how accurate the servings per container are. Boom, I notice it says at the top above nutrition info... I quote " This entire package contains 380 calories." Awesome! Then I realize I have logged it as 500 calories on my nutrition tracker (big difference, 120 calories). Why? Because the nutrition info says. "Serving size 1 cup (252g) Servings about 2." NOT EVEN CLOSE! There are only 1.6 servings in this container. I know better to round up than down, but not by 3/8 a serving. They could have at least put 1.75, shoot!

Now I am wondering how many times I didn't eat enough to meet my min or how many times I went over max, because the container's serving amount was estimated off by more than 1/4.

Crazy to be so serious, I know. BUT I am trying to stick to this like glue, which is beyond serious!

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