Tuesday, April 24, 2012
It's easy, right? Put a little bowl on your scale, press tare to zero it out, then add chips until it reads 1 oz. There isn't any kind of difficulty to this task.
Oh, except for staring at that 1 oz of chips and wondering "but where's the rest"? And of course, somehow resisting measuring out 2 oz instead.
Which, 2 oz is fine, if you have room for a double serving of something that already runs around 120-150 calories an ounce when you're already choosing the healthier, whole grain chips to begin with.
But not so much if you don't.
It's hard to look at 1 oz of chips and feel even the least bit satisfied when you're used to gobbling down maybe 6-8 servings without blinking.
BUT, I argue, I'm eating it with SALSA! Those are vegetables! Or refried beans, lots of healthy protein there. I mean, what kind of a snack is it if you're done almost before you start!?
I took that measly 1 oz of chips and went to pout in the living room with my salsa.
I confess, I still like the idea of just going to town on chips and salsa, or guacamole, or refried beans. It's the best part of going out to a Mexican restaurant, and it's the part they'll give you FOR FREE! How can you turn that down!? They bring you basket after basket and bowl after bowl of those delicious chips and salsa... and I'm suppose to be satisfied with one little ounce?
I'm not. At least, I shouldn't be treating it as a meal. It *is* just a snack. And that's what I need to learn sometimes. Snacks or treats are rare indulgences, not meals, and certainly not every-day occurrences.
When I'm willing to accept this, when I'm willing to make that choice to eat better not because I don't want the chips, but because they aren't the main attraction in a healthy daily diet, when I'm willing to put my health above my cravings, I see real change, real results and find that even my old habits really can change.
That 1 oz doesn't look quite so small as it used to anymore. I'm getting used to it. I'm getting used to snacking on an ounce of chips between meals instead of turning the chips into a meal. I'm finding that even if I do *want* more, that I'm also satisfied with a smaller amount.
1 oz still seems a little small, but I'm getting better at estimating it when I don't have a scale handy (eating out, for example).
Those chips don't taste good enough to be fat over.