Day 3 of a Week of Reckoning
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
EPIPHANY! If you eat too much, even of good healthy food, you gain weight!
Last night, I decided I would finish the blackeyed peas I cooked up a few days ago (and make a new pot of them). I started scooping the delicious hot beans into a bowl looking forward to that wonderfully earthy taste topped with chopped tomatoes & red onions.
I am not sure what stopped me ... maybe it was "the Biggest Loser" or "Dancing with the Stars" that I was flipping back and forth on TV. No matter what stopped me in my tracks, I decided to measure the peas in the bowl. 2.5 cups ... I knew this just couldn't be good!
Here's what I found:
Serving Size - 1 Cup
Boiled: If you buy black-eyed peas dry and boil them, a serving contains 200 calories, no cholesterol, only 5 g sodium, 35 g carbohydrates, 11 g fiber and 13 g protein, according to Nutrient Facts.
Benefits: Fresh-home cooked, black-eyed peas are a good source of iron, thiamine, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B-6.
Quick Cooking: Black-eyed peas can be soaked overnight, but for a quicker method, cover them in 2 inches of water, boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat and let stand for an hour before draining. Then cover with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about an hour or until tender.
OHHHHHHH DEAR! I knew that I was eating healthy, but sometimes healthy can come back and bite you in the butt! Sure, they are high in protein, low in fat, and sodium and have a lot of wonderful benefits, but too much, is too much!
I settled for half the amount, increased the veggies, and added a dollop of Greek yogurt to top it off.
What I learned was that this Duck, got lazy when it came to portioning out her food. My goal is to lose an additional 10 pounds between now and New Years, but couldn't figure out why the scale wasn't moving.
Reality was that I was "eyeballing" the amount of food on my plate or in my bowl! That stopped last night! Today, I have the other half of those peas for lunch ... and feel all the healthier for it!