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Movie Theater Snack Attack!

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Yay!!! I actually always bring my own snacks in the past because of price and now because of health. Recently I brought my own bottle of water, graham crackers and gum. Even if you eat beforehand, sometimes while watching a movie you just have an urge to chew! I'm grateful that I only like plain popped corn, because the calorie count in the article makes a person cringe. Report
Oddly, I feel prey to a medium popcorn bag at a movie theater at a midnight showing too. I don't love crowds of emotionally overwrought people and I stress ate the bag. I wish I saw this article two days ago... oh well, live and learn. Report
Coconut oil is pretty healthy. Why is this article saying it isn't? Is it about the saturated fat? Because the whole saturated fat= clogged arteries thing is an unfortunate myth that refuses to die. Bad science that has long since been debunked. Do any research on it from legitimate sources and you will find there is no connection. But even the medical websites refuse to update. I wish Sparkpeople was a bit more ahead of the times and would have more updated nutritional science.
Regardless of that, otherwise, this is an interesting article. I fell prey to popcorn when I went to a midnight showing recently... Yeesh, no wonder it makes me feel sick. Report
Perhaps the title of this article should be changed. Report
Thank you, haven't been to the movie's lately, but when I do I won't be getting their popcorn. I'll take my own, or get something else less calorie and fat. Report
The one thing that keeps me from eating theater snacks when I go to the movies? THE PRICE!! You can pay upwards of $20 for popcorn, soda and candy...and trying to buy for more than one person? Forget it!

I did try bringing my own snacks the last time I went to the movies...for health sake as well as that of my wallet. I brought a small bag of mini pretzels, a regular-sized Hershey bar (which I split in half with my son), and regular-sized pack of Twizzlers (which I also split with my son). I never drink at the movies...I'm always afraid I'll have to go to the bathroom and miss something good! Report
MAN! I gotta have my popcorn everytime I go to tha movies with butter. I guess next time I will try and bring some butterbuds in with me to use instead :( The good thing is, I never eat the candy or drink any soda! I always have a big bottle of water to drink instead. That's why I always figured I could get away with having my tasty buttered popcorn! LOL! Report
I am too cheap to buy snacks at the theater... I can't see spending $10 for a movie ticket and then spending $10+ dollars on popcorn and a small soda. Report
I am not a popcorn kind of person when I go to the movie theater. But I do love my nachos. I don't ask for extra cheese and half the time I leave the cheese alone. I do ask for extra jalapenos though. Then again I haven't been out to the movies in so long I can't remember when was the last time I went. I think it was to see Ironman 2. Report
We went to the movie theater a couple of days ago and I brought along a Ziploc bag full of grapes. I know you're not supposed to sneak food in, but when there aren't any healthy choices available at the concession stand, you do what you have to do. Report
Our movie theater just started carrying Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. 150 calorie snack and the movies! Report
To me, eating during a movie is a working definition of mindless eating. I think some people do it to work off the tension of the plot - maybe taking a squeeze toy along would be a better idea?

The hot dog looks like the best bet on the list, despite copy to the contrary.. Report
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! Report
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! Report

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