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Remembering what I actually like

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I went to see The Great Gatsby with my book group last night. Almost all of us just bought a ticket and headed into the theater, but one person stopped and bought a large popcorn.

I felt very lucky that she was seated at the other end of the row from me.

Every time I go into a movie theater, I have that moment of deep temptation. The movie popcorn smells SO GOOD. I used to buy a large movie popcorn, with butter, and eat pretty much the whole thing myself. I have no self-control in the face of movie popcorn.

And they I would be sick. Nauseated and miserable. It took me YEARS to really recognize that movie popcorn was not a good life choice for me. I simply can't eat it without feeling terrible all the rest of the evening.

The problem is, I still am tempted by the smell of it. When I'm out with hubby to the movies (which is pretty often; we are big movie buffs), he has instructions to remind me how sick it makes me. And so far I have stayed away from it, enjoyed the movie experience, and been completely happy with my choice.

But if I had been seated next to my popcorn-eating friend, I probably would have been tempted to ask for just a little. And then mugged her for the rest of the bucket. So I would have been sick AND embarrassed.

No, far better to be at the other end, away from temptation!
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    I have the exact same temptation! And it's even worse and more disgusting for me to have it.

    See, I worked at a movie theater when I was in high school. So, I've made the popcorn and know exactly how bad it is.

    But worse still...if what they serve is not real butter...I've cleaned out the containers that it is stored in and let me tell you, it is NAUSEATING! It's like you scrape pure salted cholesterol from the container.

    But I still crave it when I go to the movies. I could still kill a large by myself. And yes, nine times out of ten, I still want butter.
    1790 days ago
    I've actually been avoiding the movies for months for just this reason. But we saw Star Trek on Monday and it ended up being a complete non-issue. We ate lunch right before the movie so there was no temptation to snack!
    1790 days ago
    My husband shares the popcoran addiction. I actually hate popcorn, and always have, so it's not an issue for me. But I've had to get over eating peanut m&ms at the movies!
    1790 days ago
    I totally understand what you mean about movie popcorn - or any popcorn for that matter. I love it and if I start, I can't stop.

    There's a vegetarian restaurant that we go to. They sell "Glad Corn". I call it "Corn Crack". It's the half-popped popcorn kernels that settle to the bottom of the popcorn bowl. Heavily salted. I am utterly and completely defenseless against it. We at there last night and I forced myself to look away from the jar and summon every last ounce of will power that I had to not buy it.
    1794 days ago
    My fiance was the same. Every movie we went to, he bought popcorn. At some point I decided I wasn't eating corn and he stopped too. That's when he realized that he always felt like crap after eating popcorn. Weird huh? I've fallen off the corn-avoidance wagon, but I've actually been thinking for the last little while that it would be a great habit to work on again. Thanks for the reminder! :) Now my bane is chips :( I need to work on avoiding those too!
    1796 days ago
    So .... how was the movie? emoticon
    1797 days ago
    Keep Sparkin'!!
    1800 days ago
    emoticon emoticon The smell is why the popcorn is here ,they make it at the change f movies to get people over to buy . GLAD it does not work on you.
    1800 days ago
    Good for you! I probably see only one movie a year in the theater, and I have traditionally allowed myself movie popcorn. But next weekend, I am going to see the new Star Trek movie, and I'm going to try to stay strong. I'll be thinking of you! Thanks for the inspiration!
    1800 days ago
    For what it's worth, movie popcorn hasn't had butter for decades. It's oil with butric acid as butter flavor. And popcorn flavored salt. You didn't miss a thing.
    1800 days ago
    Great reminder of how it used to be!
    1801 days ago
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    1801 days ago
    Glad you resisted. Theater popcorn has never tempted me.
    1801 days ago
    1801 days ago
    Popcorn is great! But only when air-popped at home. The oil or something at the movie theater makes my stomach hurt for hours and is just not worth it.
    1801 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Thankfully my parents at a young age trained me away from the popcorn at movie theatres. I like popcorn, but we eat it at home salted but no butter.
    1801 days ago
    Every time popcorn is near, I'm thankful for teeth that are very close together, and therefore difficult to floss when there are popcorn kernel-skins stuck. The extra labor alone is enough to stop me, lol.
    1801 days ago
    the price alone detours me.
    1801 days ago
  • SBN141
    I know what you mean! I have a 16 oz. industrial size popcorn machine at my house that I have to actively avoid everyday so I don't indulge. It is a problem. Congratulations on resisting the temptation!
    1801 days ago
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