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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mindless munching can contribute nearly double the amount of calories a person needs throughout the day. To discover if you mindlessly munch, ask yourself the following questions.

Do I eat a piece or two of candy from the office candy dish as I pass by? FYI, 1 peppermint has 20 calories. If you only eat one a day for five days that's 100 additional calories a week that you may not consider in your eating plan.

Do I eat something while trying to decide what to eat for a meal? You will recognize this habit if you go to the pantry, grab a handful of crackers or chips to eat while you are looking for what to make for a meal. Without thinking you probably just consumed 150 calories in crackers or chips that you didn't count in your calorie allotment.

Do I "sample" eat as I cook? While small tastes for seasoning balance is not a bad thing, mindlessly eating pieces of the separate ingredients or taking spoonfuls before the dish is served can really add up. Some people will consume as many calories before the meal as they would actually from their plate. Essentially the cook just consumed the calories of two meals.

Do I finish my child's meal? Children are usually pretty good at determining the right amount to eat and then leaving some on their plate when they are satisfied (a good habit we all should employ). But when you see the food "going to waste" you consume the rest yourself without considering these last few bites in your meal plan.

Do I eat as I clean up the kitchen? Those extra spoonfuls as you store leftovers in the refrigerator can really add up.

Do I eat foods straight from the original packaging? This habit really takes the calorie consumption into overdrive. When you eat from the bag, box or can that you purchased the food you have no idea how many servings are actually eaten. This habit usually leads to finishing the whole box and consuming nearly a days worth of calories at one time.

Do I eat samples when out shopping? Nothing wrong with trying something new, but munching as you shop can add up to 300-400 additional calories depending on what is offered to taste, how big the samples are and how many you take to try.

Do you "sliver" or take several small amounts of foods and never really consider it a portion? The old adage "If you don't eat it on a plate the calories don't count" is really a big joke. Every bite no matter how small contains calories that add up to your daily total.

Remember, planning meals and snacks in proper portions is a very healthy way to eat. But, if you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are consuming many more calories than you are admitting. These are just a few questions to get you started on the road to discovery and awareness of your eating habits. Awareness is the first step to change. When you are aware and acknowledge what is true you can make progress toward your goals.

These questions really gave me a reality check, and so now then I am keeping my notebook in my kitchen and every bite will be written down...

Have a great week,
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    this will really help me, thank you!! God Bless, Cat
    4101 days ago
  • no profile photo CARMENELENA
    Hi ! Woa !That is so true! Now I now why I haven't lost any weight. That mini chocolate I was taking EVERYDAY when going through the office, The cookie for the coffee, the can of soda,the mint candy after the choir rehersal, etc, etc...What a reality check I just had! My goals for this week are begin an exercise routine and after reading this, keep a notebook in the kitchen and write down everything!! emoticon
    4354 days ago
    Congrats on being today motivator.

    I agree we need to be aware of what we put in our mouths and when we are doing it. This is something I have been working on a long time. thanks for the reminder. God bless you sherri emoticon
    4357 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3569527
    I can relate to that. I HATE it when people bring in donuts, fudge, etc. and put it on the counter just outside my office! I am a weak food addict. Wow, can you tell I feel strongly about that?
    I can eat the right foods TODAY!
    4374 days ago
    Sherrilou, I can be a victim of mindless munching and this is not pleasing to our Lord Who wants to give victory instead of struggling with our weight. God bless you for giving this true statement...we can press on and believe! Sally emoticon This was emoticon
    4378 days ago
    SherriLou, these are all good reminders of the extra calories. I am making it a habit before I go in a store or restaurant that I know exactly what I am going to get otherwise all those yummy looking things can be so tempting.
    4378 days ago
    Wow! That is right on! Those little bits add up so fast!
    4378 days ago
    Thanks lady....this is sooo true, and as I find myself doing a couple of these things, (Thank heavens not all of them) I realize I need to send this to my daughter...I think she hits every one of them...and since you wrote it, it won't be HER MOTHER telling her this information.

    Love your blogs...keep them coming...sometimes I don't acknowledge them, because of being at work...but I do read them...and they're very informative...hit me between the eyes on some of them, and I enjoy hearing from you...

    Love ya...

    and Thanks

    Lori (Coffeybean) emoticon
    4378 days ago
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