Thursday, January 28, 2010

One Spoonful at a Time

I never realized how much mindless munching I do.

Pop a bag of popcorn for Chloe; grab a couple fluffy kernels for myself.

Smear some peanut butter on ritz crackers for the kids' afternoon snack; eat the remaining peanut butter off the spoon.

Open a cup of mandarin oranges in light syrup; drink the "juice" so it won't spill.

A peppermint candy here; a little piece of cookie there.

Twice today I had to spit food out of my mouth that I had - literally - mindlessly put in there.

It's so easy to just pop a small morsel of calorie-packed food into my mouth without giving it a second thought.

Is it any wonder that, when I add up my calories at the end of the day, I have no idea why I'm not in better shape than I am?

It hit me like a swiss cake roll today as I tried to reverse-swallow the "light syrup" that was sailing down my throat. I am probably "forgetting" hundreds of calories a day because I'm eating them one small bite, one convenient sip, one careless gulp at a time.

Day 1. Lesson learned.


Starr said...

It really is crazy how true that is. Personally I struggle with feeling bad about not finishing off that small portion of peanut butter coating on the spoon, or that one little bite that Matthew's not finishing on his plate. I've also experienced the unconscious bite. A couple of weeks ago I did a liquid fast and 2 or 3 times a paranoia came over me: 'Did I accidentally eat something without noticing?' Weird!

Jess said...

Is reverse swallowing anything like vomiting?

I am extremely proud of you. You can do it. I'm watching.

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