On a recent Sunday afternoon, my daughter mentioned a newspaper article I might appreciate. So I read, What you’re eating counts more than calories do, by Carrie Dennett.
My daughter was right – I liked it. If I could, I’d quote the whole thing here, but since that wouldn’t be right, I’ll just tell you the gist. (If you want to read it for yourself, check the March 27, 2016, issue of the Seattle Times.)
It appears that today’s calorie counts, like the ones that appear on nutrition labels, were formulated over a hundred years ago, and scientists with the USDA are discovering the counts are wrong.
Take your basic nuts. Years ago when dieting, I carefully counted out six almonds for a snack. As if that would satisfy anyone, much less someone on a diet.
Scientists are now discovering nuts are one of the best foods around – not only because of the protein-fiber-fat combo, but also because of the pleasure we get from chewing nuts. I would’ve been better off eating as many almonds as satisfied me. Yumyumyum. Yumyum. Yum.
Another tidbit that Carrie reported:
Calorie needs can differ by hundreds of calories even between two people of the same age, gender and weight – the three factors used to estimate calorie requirements.”
All my life, I’ve had a big appetite and was amazed I didn’t weigh more. Even now, people might be surprised at the amount of food and calories I ingest, especially sweets, e.g. a tablespoon of sugar, more or less, in my morning tea.
Carrie closed her article with advice:
1. Choose foods that satisfy.
2. Build appetite awareness.
3. Cook more at home.”
I’m getting comfortable with number 1 and enjoy the freedom. Still working on 2 and 3.
What’s your secret to eating?
Posted on April 26, 2016