This is the physical manifestation of my food diary after dinner.
Where's that bowl of cantaloupe?
Where's the Greek yogurt?
Where's the 50-calorie light lemonade?
The cheese stick?
I was reminded of my food diary omissions with today's e-mail newsletter from JoyBauer.com :
The caloric tally at day's end can be pretty sobering. Think about it some brands of ice cream and granola contain nearly 300 calories per 1/2 cup, which means a mere tablespoon clocks in at 40 calories. Even something as innocent as cottage cheese or fruit salad can do damage if you habitually pop spoonfuls into your mouth. In fact, for many people, these little "appetizers" are a major cause of diet failure or the dreaded plateau.
See all those foods I listed? Pretty healthful, huh? But they're not calorie free. I keep getting stuck on the scale and it's not breakfast, lunch, dinner or even my afternoon snack that's the problem. It's the evening that is causing the scale to stall.
So, new hobby!
I downloaded the Geneen Roth book When You Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair: 50 Ways to Feel Thin, Gorgeous, and Happy (When You Feel Anything But) to my Kindle, and my gameplan is to grab that Kindle in the evenings when the urge strikes to forage in the kitchen.
It's not that I'm hungry -- I'm not. And I can't knit -- something to do with being left-handed. So I'll read. You can't eat if your hands are full with a book, right?
This week's video from Diets in Review features registered dietitian Mary Hartley, RD, who I met at Fitbloggin' in Baltimore. (I also met Brandi Koskie from Diets in Review there, too.)