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!
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    I think way too many of us are guilty of just eyeballing our food. A deck of cards, 2 dice, golf ball- who eats this stuff? When you lay food on a plate it never looks like this stuff! I too should really take the time and measure!
    3718 days ago
    emoticon Way to go on stopping and measuring them out. I should be more mindful of this as well. And this reminds me that I have a big bag of black eyed peas in the pantry.....
    3719 days ago
    Yes, I overeat healthy foods. I really do. And I have gained some lbs. back. Thanks for the reminder. Have a wonderful day.
    3720 days ago
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