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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.
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