This is a continuation of an earlier post on conscious eating, being aware of what we consume, when we consume it. The danger of unconscious eating or grazing, is that we can consume hundreds of calories every day without realizing it. I’ve certainly been guilty of that.
Grocery shopping this afternoon proved a good example. As we walked up and down the aisles, staff were handing out samples and shoppers were lining up to get their share (or 2 or 3 helpings). There were cheese, crackers, granola bars, beef jerky, yogurt, sausage, nuts, juice, cookies, tarts, and pizza. If one was to sample even just one portion cup of each, that could easily be between 300 and 400 calories. Yikes!
If you do choose to sample, try to limit yourself to only two or three and pick those which also have good nutrition in them. My suggestions would be the beef jerky or nuts. These are good sources of protein and give the most bang for the calorie buck.
To avoid the sampling temptation, always make sure that you eat before grocery shopping. Don’t go right after school, right after work, or right after a stressful encounter, meeting or situation. Impulse buying and eating is really hard to control at those times.