I have a problem..
I’d actually refer to it as an addiction. Hello, my name is Heidi and I am addicted to nighttime snackage.
It’s a habit – every night at 9:30, I pop a HUGE (seriously.. we’re talking multiple quarts) bowl of air-popped popcorn. I top it with a dash of nooch and some salt and for at least an hour, I eat. I’m not quite sure why I am so obsessed with having my bowl o’ corn every night. Could it be ..
A: The crunch? B: The saltiness? C: The fact that I can eat for an hour straight and not feel guilty? I’m gonna go with D: All of the above.
I am a volume eater. I LOVE to feel like I am getting a lot of food accompanied by as few calories as possible. Anyone else in that boat with me? For that reason, I switched up my breakfast today. Every morning, I had been eating a bowl of oats with 4 egg whites, half an apple and cinnamon alongside a 1/4 C plain greek yogurt sprinkled with granola. Every morning. I consume about 325 calories every morning with this meal. Religiously.
Today’s breakfast looked like this:
215 calories and incredibly filling! I was excited to not only change things up, but to get more bang for my caloric buck. Check out that variety and the addition of greens. Apparently, I never knew what amazing green things I was missing..
So why the self-assessment on eating methods? Not sure if you have heard the news, but the dietary guidelines have once again been amended.
I’m partial to the 2 major tenants related to calorie consumption seeing as they support my reasoning for eating more nutrient-dense foods (can you even fathom how much fiber is in a big bowl o’ corn?!) and, as someone recovering from an E.D., I often need to be told that balance is key and that a little piece of dark chocolate once in a while won’t kill me. Anyhoo, here’s what USDA now has to say:
- Balance calories over time to reach and maintain a healthy weight - I LOVE this idea, especially because I go way over my calorie budgets some days. Who cares if I hit 1,800 calories yesterday. I’ll balance it out with a lower calorie day today and try not to stress about it (which, I admit, is really difficult sometimes).
- Get most daily calories from nutrient-rich foods – Spinach and broccoli for breakfast? Berry smoothies for lunch? I definitely ate more fruit than vegetables in the past, but I like incorporating those veggies into a sweet treat. Did I mention I have a huge sweet tooth, thanks to my Italian roots?
Those Buonocore’s.. well, it used to be coffee and coffee cakes daily! Hey, I’m all for a good coffee cake in moderation. I’m just glad Uncle Sam agrees!