Monday, September 17, 2007
The Evasive Manuvers of My Dieting
*This week I am going to post specific tricks I used to help me battle my worst enemies. Maybe you share some of them too
#1 Movie Theatre Popcorn.
I have been on my share of "creative dates" I have eaten in an elevator and in the middle of the mall. and I have learned my abc's backward while mini-golfing and I have gone grocery shopping while speaking a pretend foreign language.* Each of these dates had one thing in common: I wished we were at a movie. I love movies - and a refillable tub of popcorn ("butter?" - "why yes!") The ultimate escape. I still can see myself sitting in a dark theatre, my cupped hand forming a popcorn trough and eating like a horse.
Everyone remember when the hammer hit?
"The culprit is not the popcorn itself but the superfatty coconut oil that most theaters use to pop it. That and the butter -- hydrogenated soybean oil in most cases -- that's drizzled on top. A medium-size buttered popcorn, the report said, contains more fat than a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a Big Mac and fries and a steak dinner combined." (The complete article)
Dang. My world was crushed, what was that about ignorance? I had to learn another way. Now, don't get me wrong, I just indulged while at "Becoming Jane", but I shared, and we all only finished half of a medium, I am not perfect, but this trick has kept me away from the stuff for over a year.
The afternoon before my movie I make lunch as usual - but it is popcorn, I grab a brown paper lunch sack put 2-3 handfuls of popcorn, fold the top over 2 or 3 times, put it in the microwave, push the "popcorn" button, and viola! Hot air popcorn! I had to improvise with this because I gave my popper to the D.I. when microwave popcorn was invented. I could use the light kind of microwave popcorn, but it was hopeless as a diet food because I was melting butter and putting that on top of it for flavor, and the yummy kind is practically poisionous so it is of no use to me.
Back to my version of microwave popcorn, depending on what the scale said that morning I put some real butter on (1/2 - 1 Tbls) it or just spritz it with water and sprinkle butter popcorn salt on it. I eat and enjoy until I am completely full and satisfied. I then buy a small box of junior mints at the store and when faced with temptation at the theatre my stomach is fortified and I can march right by consessions. The money saving is immense and my husband is willing to take me to more movies. Great for all! Enjoy the show!
* I was not referring to my husband - I have not ever had to endure "creative dating" with him. He knows how to treat a girl to a great night out!
-I just heard on the Today Show that it costs 5 cents for 5 cups of popped popcorn from just the seeds, and is less than 200 calories. So my microwave method can make you a gazillionaire if you saved the money you would have spent on movie or store bought microwave popcorn - and won the lottery. Yea!!!