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Buttered Popcorn!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I decided that if I would get brave enough and write a blog about this, that maybe then I can get help! I'm doing so well with little by little changing over to good, healthy habits, but this one thing keeps testing me and I fail about every time and I hate it! I LOVE buttered popcorn and of course, it's at night too. My son and husband love it too like everything so there it is at least 3x/week and I try to stay away but don't try enough. And then once I'm at the table I eat to my utter enjoyment and then I feel bad and also know that the scale will be up in the morning, because I also love parmesan on it and that's sodium-city! I could ask others what I could eat instead, but there doesn't seem to be a thing that interests me enough to avoid the real thing. I've tried air-popped and I can't stand it. I've tried the "Simple Popcorn" SP recipe and that satisfies me somewhat but it's still not the real thing. I've tried taking long bubble baths and then it's there when I get out!! We, alot of the time, call it our supper! Yes, we're strange people! I think that if I could break this old habit in two and throw it away, I'd have this weight loss under control and I'd be going down, down, down. Oh dear! I certainly don't want to gain all my 47# back again. I must keep telling myself that to get it in my mind and overcome this buttered popcorn at last! Thanks for listening!
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    Oh Karen, love your little blog. It so cute to hear about you and Roger enjoying your little popcorn time together. Love you both!! Portion control is good on all things. One cup and walk away. Then you should be satisfied and still enjoy your time with your family. Happy popping. I love bubble baths, they are so wonderful for relaxing and turning yourself into a prune. If like me 1 hour is perfect emoticon
    1600 days ago
    Wow, I appreciate all your good, full -of-advice posts! I have to tell you all that our son leaves off the butter now and before-hand, I'll check on my tracker to see just how much I can allow for and that's what I'll have and I do eat something healthy ahead of time so I'm not ravishing!! Thanks everybody for helping me! emoticon emoticon
    1634 days ago
  • GUNNSGIRL91303
    My husband pops our popcorn the old fashioned way, on the stove with just a half-pat of butter. He loads my bowl before adding butter to the rest of the batch. I eat one large bowl and it satisfies me. I think the other posters are right...portion control! Savor it and then do some light exercise such as walking in place while you watch TV. Drink water with your popcorn and just enjoy smaller amounts. Let us know what works for you!
    Bring your own popcorn to the movies if you go...this works well for me. I empty out my purse and put a bag of my light popcorn inside. No one is the wiser and I don't get all that fat and sodium. Plus, I don't feel sick later the way movie popcorn makes me feel. Good luck!
    Oh ya, instead of using the canned parmesan cheese try shredding a bit of the fresh stuff. That will save you lots of sodium!
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    1634 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2012 7:57:07 PM
    Have you ever tried channeling your cravings to something else? What if when the family is eating popcorn you go for a walk? Or better yet - what if you tried Olivio Spray Butter for your popcorn? It has zero calories. Maybe you could take out some plain popcorn for yourself, spray that on there and then you would still be able to enjoy popcorn with your family but just not unhealthy popcorn.

    I love popcorn - LOVE it! I am always finding ways to make it healthier because I know I'll never be able to give it up. emoticon
    1639 days ago
    Portion control! I think so too. It's ok to eat it just not graze all night.
    Maybe eat something healthy first and
    your big glass of water....then your popcorn emoticon
    1639 days ago
    I save the yummy buttery stuff for the movie theater and get my own small bag to enjoy.

    Just track it. Small movie theater popcorn with butter is 630 cal and without butter it's 400 calories.

    I also love the butter flavored popcorn salt they have behind the counter and if you ask for some, they'll put it in a little cup for you to sprinkle yourself. Depending on my calorie intake for the day so far, I can often forgo the butter if I have that salt. I take any extra salt home. It increases my sodium for the day, but it's just water weight... I eat a banana to help with that or take a water pill.

    No biggie... and I don't beat myself up about it.
    1639 days ago
    you got good advice here! Pick and choose among them for the ones you think you can live with now and the ones that maybe you can grow into.

    Good luck. We all have our'll get a grip on this one too!
    1639 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    You've gotten some great advice. I have to agree with the two suggestions of
    1) Try/use the microwave popcorn as it's pre-portioned.
    2) If you can't stand that portion control is going to be the key - moderation - Instead of just dipping into the popcorn bowl put a serving into a pretty bowl and see how long you can make it last as you savor the taste, texture, smell.

    Small steps, not perfection. Besides no food should be off limits if you enjoy it so much.
    1641 days ago
    I think like BABBINA said, if you must have it, portion control is going to be vital. Take the time to look at the nutrition label and see what counts as a serving. Take the time to see how many servings a bag of whichever you typically get as a family counts as.

    Have you ever tracked it - as in measured out how much you're eating and figured out what it does to you nutritionally? Sometimes seeing those numbers in black and white can make more impact on us than just "knowing" it's probably too much.

    Think about the reasons why you as a family group are willing to call that "supper" - especially considering what it offers (or doesn't) nutritionally. Could it be planned more - one night a week instead of three or more - making it more of a treat? Can you make yourself a healthy supper on popcorn night that you eat before it is even made, then separate your serving of popcorn into its own bowl that you take away from the main one?
    1642 days ago
    I eat Pop Warner Microwave Extra butter popcorn. It is 270 calories for the whole bag and I count it in my nutrition tracker. If that is my supper, so be it. I love it and forget the light ones or the little ones. They don't satisfy so then I want more.
    And eating at night is no different than any other time of the day. The secret is being sure you count it in your nutrition tracker and maybe don't make it a nightly habit. Tell yourself you can have it once a week and maybe that will wean you off.
    1642 days ago
    My problem is if I deprive myself, I'll eat something else and then eat what I wanted all along..
    So, I portion control. I have a very small portion, and savor it. Or, I have 3 bites of "whatever" and that is it.
    Regardless, I have to CHOOSE what is really important to me. A fleeting moment of self indulgence, or a lifetime of health? Giving myself permission every so often to eat what I want is OK. But doing it every time I turn around is wrong... for me.
    Balance. Try different approaches and se what works. Then do it!
    1642 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    Have you tried any of the small microwave popcorn bags that are 100 calories or so? I am not a huge popcorn fan, but I occasionally get a craving and they seem to satisfy it without being too bad.
    1642 days ago
    PORTION CONTROL!!!!! Keep doing that & eventually you won't crave it as much anymore. Another thing u can do is work in like 1 or 2 cheat meals (or days) per week and include yr buttered popcorn it in it, eat it slowly & savor it. See? You don't have to give up EVERYYTHING (just yet...) ;)
    1642 days ago
    have yours air takes getting used to but once you do its not so bad and it has waaaay less calories, fat and sodium.
    1642 days ago
    Popcorn is my favorite snack!! I just make the air popped( I know not as good ) and spray it with a little buttery spray then sprinkle chili powder ( with no salt in it ) and some nutritional yeast. I make a big bowl every night..Its not the same but I have learned to really like it and its healthy :). Good luck !!
    1642 days ago
    I am a buttered popcorn lover too! I eventually stopped buying popcorn... And butter for that matter. It's delicious, but it is an indulgence. Instead, I get a small popcorn with butter when I go to the movies. Since I only go about once a month, I don't feel bad about giving into this guilty pleasure.
    1642 days ago
    Okay, I know how you feel. I live with someone who LOVES to make popcorn at night (I will not name names! lol) and when he makes it, I have to have some!
    I have never tried air popped popcorn, but what I like to eat is Jolly time 100 calorie popcorn.
    It has butter flavor, and it comes in these awesome bags that are a little bit smaller than the bags we're used to. I like it because it still feels like I have eaten a whole bag
    Also, I'm not sure of the brand but there are these new popcorn shakers that are 2calories a 1/2 tsp. I like the white cheddar one, which might kinda be like your parm cheese?

    Dunno if you have tried this stuff yet, but I have found that it really helps my popcorn craving!

    BTW popcorn has a great amount of fiber. It's not all bad!
    1642 days ago
    the whole point is replacing the not so good habits with healthy ones. if u cant find a healthy alternative that ur willing to stick with, the next best thing would be to eat less of it.

    bottom line..we have to be willing to make changes. some are easy..others arent. no magic pill or formula. in the end its all up to us. do or dont. want or dont want. depends how much we're willing to do to get where we want to be. all the best. emoticon
    1643 days ago
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