14 January 2009
I have realized a few things as I have started watching what I eat, so naturally I must share these helpful hints.
* It helps to read the label of foods. One cookie is not always one serving. Sometimes, it is 2.5.
* It helps to read the label of foods. Macaroni and cheese may seem innocent and fine, but oh no. That box is a veritable den of calorie breeding iniquity. And ramen, the harlot, is so easy and yet so devastatingly packed with calories.
* Actually, it helps to just eat foods that have no label.
* It helps to write down you eat. If you know that your husband (insert roommate, brother, cousin-in-law's wife) might walk past the counter and see that you ate five cookies (2.5 servings each—that's 12.5 servings of cookie) during the day, the knowledge magically makes it easier to just put them back in the cupboard.
* Eat one spoonful of things. This way, you can eat some of everything in the fridge and feel like you have had a smorgasbord of yumminess without emptying the fridge of its contents. You have to be careful about this one, though, because you might be amazed how quickly an entire carton of ice cream can disappear even only one spoonful at a time.
I have to say I have been brutally betrayed by the number of calories per "serving" in quite a few of my favorite foods. Cheese, glorious cheese, how I miss our little moments together throughout the day. Raw turnips and jicama are okay, but they lack a certain affability and intimacy that I find so agreeable in a nice slice of cheese and some crackers.