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Portion Control

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In the last 7 days, I spent 10 hours on mass transit and 20 hours driving. Both are situations where I tend to eat, mostly out of boredom.

I packed food, but lets face it, unhealthy food looks a lot more inviting than baby carrots, apples or protein bars after a while. This time, I promised myself I would really work through the consequences of eating food that causes me to binge.

The big eye opener came when I stopped for petrol at a services place. I went in to stroll through the snack aisles, looking for something healthy. They had an entire row of nuts (one of my weaknesses), so I studied the small packages.

Seriously, these looked like they could fit in my palm, yet supposedly, there are 3.5 servings -- each with 150 calories. Yikes!!!

Looking at the calories and realizing I would inhale the entire small packet within seconds, and have eaten over 500 calories (nearly half my daily allotment), made me put the nuts back.

I'd never before really paid attention to the portion size. The larger bags of nuts were 10 or more servings and I would have polished them off without a second thought.

The lesson learned - read the portion size and consider if you can stop with just one portion.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MJREIMERS 12/16/2012 2:06PM

    Now you know! Nuts are very healthy, but I'm with you when it comes to the calories! emoticon for being observant! Keep it up and you will continue your success!

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4FREELADY 12/13/2012 1:34PM

  This no-nonsense, big-girl outlook has opened a window of hope for me. Thanks.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/12/2012 11:46PM

    OUCH! It's amazing how many servings we can wolf down without thinking! Good job. :-)

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BLUE42DOWN 12/12/2012 7:30PM

    So right - especially in a circumstance where the open package is going to be sitting right there invitingly. Sometimes I wish there was an extra column of the nutrition information for the full package. What we would learn!

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    That is a great lesson!

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    I have done that too while traveling. Just put the nuts back! Glad you were able to beat that one Carrie!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 12/12/2012 8:27AM

    You will do well with that lesson - I even apply it to when I go out to eat. You wouldn't believe how many restaurants serve a meal to ONE person that is meant for TWO!

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