Mindless eating: little bites

The evenings are filled with making supper, eating supper, cleaning up from supper, doing homework, getting the kids to bed, and by the time you are making lunches at the end of the night your exhausted!

The more tired we are, the more likely we are to mindlessly eat. Have you ever notice yourself grabbing a little piece of cheese that you are cutting up, or a few crackers, or the leftover yogurt on the spoon? Although we would like to think those calories don’t count, they do. Little bits here and there can really add up without us even noticing. They don’t make us feel overfull, nor do they make us eat less later.

They are just extra calories.

This is something I noticed with myself, when I am packing lunch. I get the big tub of yogurt and dish it out into a smaller container the night before. I always take a bit extra and lick the spoon before I put it in the dishwasher. I did some calculating… (estimating that there is about 1 tsp yogurt left on the spoon) if I clean off my spoon nightly, 5 days a week for 52 weeks… that equals 3,640 calories just from my yogurt spoon at the end of the night!

With the kids back to school this week, you’re probably back to packing lunches. Let’s try my calculations with some typical school lunch items…

A small handful of raisins – 5,330 calories or about 1.5 lbs by the end of the school year

The peanut butter left on the knife – 6,765 calories or about 2 lbs by the end of the school year

A few almonds – 7,175 calories or about 2 lbs by the end of the school year

An Oreo cookie – 11,685 calories or about a 3.5 lbs by the end of the school year

A slice of cheese – 14,145 calories or about 4 lbs by the end of the school year

 

Wow! Those little bites do add up!

A challenge for this week- increase your eating awareness and set a limit of “no snacking” when making lunch. See how often you catch yourself sneaking a bite – mark it down and track it for a week.