Chips have a place in a healthy diet. Many would argue with me, but I believe there are no forbidden foods, the closest is soft drinks, anything else is fair game. Does that mean you can eat as many chips or other junk food as you want, every day, No!
Portion size matters, no matter what you eat. Unfortunately, our understanding of a normal portion size has been distorted by the oversized food and drink sold at the grocery store.
Mega stores like Superstore and Costco are famous for selling bulk restaurant sized goods, and we, as consumers trying to save a buck, are ecstatic to be able to economize on our grocery bill by buying in bulk. The concept is fantastic, assuming we dish out the bulk food into snack size portions we can channel the savings into something else.
The problem arises when we’re bored or while watching TV, when we want something to nibble on, we reach for the supersized bag of chips. Some, like my husband, will take the whole bag to the TV and sit mindlessly eating handful after handful while engrossed in the movie. Others will try to manage their portion and dish out a bowl of their favorite snack, that’s me. My problem comes when the bowl is empty but, they were `so good’ and I know there’s more in the cupboard so I’ll just have a few more. Ever done this?
The next thing I know I’ve eaten more than my fair share, I feel a bit sluggish my tongue is sore from the salt and I’m so thirsty. Does this story hit home? Maybe chips aren’t your thing maybe it’s chocolate, or caramel popcorn or maybe you don’t have this problem.
I’ve overcome being derailed by the endless chip bag by skipping the savings achievable by buying bulk, unless it’s rolled oats, and paying more for the normal 150 gram size bag. Now when we sit down with either a bag or bowl of chips I know when the bag is finished, which it will be, who eats only a few, we’ll still be within the realm of reasonable. Yes, chips can be a part of a healthy diet but not when you eat then by the bucket full.
Portion control and moderation are key factors in achieving a balanced diet. Junk food has a place, without it we would feel deprived, but, it’s a treat and should be treated as such. For me, it’s on the weekend, when is you’re time to indulge in your favorite junk food?
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