As you may know, we’ve been traveling in our motor home for more than two and a half years, enjoying all that this beautiful country has to offer. We are on the go a lot, rarely taking time for me to sit down and mess with my blog. Today is a stay-at-home day, and a great opportunity to catch up on writing.
While I prepared breakfast in my nice kitchen, I became more interested in the ‘nutritional value’ of what I was preparing. My 342 calorie meal had protein, carbs, fiber, sugar (natural, not added) and fat. I usually don’t look beyond the calories. It peaked my curiosity, so I looked at the nutritional value beyond the calories. It wasn’t too bad, quite balanced, actually.
I couldn’t stop there. On my counter sat a can of Crisco butter flavored spray. No calories for 1/3rd of a second of a spray. What??? Who can do that? You’d just about get your finger on the trigger for 1/3rd of a second!
I scanned the barcode on My Fitness Pal (an app I use to keep track of my calories, very convenient) and discovered that a one-second spray is 5 calories. There is ‘no significant other nutrition’ for this product.
So who sprays one third of a second? Not me! I estimate that I probably hold down that button for four or five seconds! That’s 25 calories I’ve not been accounting for. And that adds up. I’m willing to forego the lack of nutritional value for the convenience of low calories, but the important thing here is to count them. Labels are not always indicative of what is really going on.
I’ve lost over 100 pounds and am maintaining that for twenty-two years, and want to continue to say that (and have it be the truth!) And at my age, I’ve got to be aware of what goes into my mouth and insure that I’m moving my body with good, fun and age-appropriate exercise.