Thanks very much for this eye-opening article! I find this is an example of HABITS. When I am at home, through journaling I have identified that when I pop a DVD in, I also tend to pop a bag of microwave popcorn, so ingrained is the association between movies and eating! Now that movies have become so ridiculously expensive, AND I've mentally made the switch to choose what I eat, I tend to have a "normal" meal before I go to the movies and to not buy anything from concessions. This also tends to reduce the problem of drinking a liter of soda and then trying to sit through a two hour movie which usually includes getting your adrenaline pumping and making you have to go to the bathroom! Anybody else have that issue - to hold it or to miss part of the movie? It was also amazing to see the snack options lined up with the calorie counts and fat content. Glad I gave up peanut M&Ms as my go-to snack! And you are completely right - whatever size you buy, you usually eat!
I won't lie, i am the first one to dive into some nachos! I think eating while watching a movie is fine, that's what people came for. Thanks for this article! Mike & Ike's will be my new favorite friend!
I look at this as at least now when I do have my popcorn with Reese's I will be making an informed decision and know what I am putting in my body. I don't always get popcorn, but I will admit that I really love it. Thanks to this articel, I will probably do this less than I used to. Great information and I really appreciate it.
I really do not understand the need or wish to snack while watching films or TV. And I find the noises from snacking people in the cinema offensive, because I have paid my hard-earned money to watch - and hear - a film, not to listen to folk crinkling, rustling, chatting, whatever.
There are films I'd love for hubby and me to go and watch and the cinema, and I woud save my pennies for the treat. But the noise and commotion all around just really puts me off.
I have been bringing my own snacks to the theater since my children were small. Boxed juice for them in stead of soda, bottled water for me. Boxed raisins, pre-sliced oranges or cuties, nuts or breakfast/granola bars.. I just put it all in my handbag, no one is going to check when you come in the theater. Althought we do have several theaters around town that allow you to bring in you own stuff.
1/11/2010 3:03:07 PM
Don't all Junior Mints boxes state that it's been a FAT-FREE food since 19-whatever??
I'll definately be prepared tonight. I'm more focused on the meal after at Uno's. But for the movies, I plan to take some raisins and a bottle of water to tide me over until Dinner or I may take my own popped popcorn. Now to go check out the calorie options at Uno's!
All the writer is doing is describing a familiar scenario. I didn't hear an accusation at all in it. A lot of people are very conditioned to eat fatty fatty snacks at movies because fatty snacks are all they sell. I can't handle a concessions stand myself. You have to know your triggers. So I get a turkey tom sub at Jimmy john's and do dinner and a movie on movie night. I get mustard on it so it's not fattening at all and I sure don't feel deprived.
4/25/2009 12:49:28 PM
I know people who can't conceive of sitting through a movie without a hotdog, popcorn, sweets and a large drink, but thankfully I'm not one of them. I can count on one hand the number of hotdogs I have bought at the movie theatre, and this was only on occasions when I've been unable to eat beforehand. I always make sure I've eaten it before curtain up, as eating during the movie spoils the mood for me. I'm not a fan of movie theatre popcorn, as it always tastes stale, and the cheese on the nachos smells like vomit, so I am not tempted to try this in the least. I marvel at those who do indulge, as it says a lot to me about their diet in general.
3/6/2009 2:39:21 PM
I'm kind of upset about the fact that yes, they assumed we all go for the extra-large popcorn with the extra butter-flavored (I don't think it's actual butter) topping. When I even bother getting popcorn (I find it detracts from the movie when I get kernels stuck in my teeth, I dunno about y'all), I get a small one, and no topping except for maybe some sort of spice - they don't mind if you bring that!
Not only that, but theaters aren't going to change what they serve as snack options unless people request them - I recently talked to the owner of the local theater about bringing in granola bars and Skinny Cow ice cream for people to have, instead of the high-fat junk, and she loved the idea!
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