A great diet for your body and your wallet: looking up calories. It pretty much kills your cravings. Or, at the very least, the cravings have to overcome the horror of the calorie count.
I’ve been trying to eat a little better. Some of that is an effort to be healthier. Some is that I’m just trying to cut down on our fast food spending. Two birds, one stone and all that.
But wanting to eat better bumps up against cravings. Lots and lots of cravings. Which is why I’ve started to look up calories. That’s quite a deterrent.
I’ve wanted Culver’s lately. My usual meal is just under 1,000 calories. And that’s without the soda!
Chocolate cake has also been on my mind. I do have cake mixes but no icing. That’s probably saved me quite a bit of pigging out.
When we took Tim’s parents out for Father’s Day (and to make up for missing Mother’s Day), the restaurant’s chocolate cake is friggin $6.49!
Forget that. If I’m going to pay that much, I’ll pay a little more and get cake from The Cheesecake Factory.
Of course, as soon as I thought that, I started thinking about Cheesecake Factory chocolate cake. Sigh.
So I surfed on over to the website and checked the nutritional info. Eep! One slice of the chocolate cake I get is… wait for it… 1,370 calories. Even assuming it were split into two equal servings (and it never is), that would still be an obscene amount of calories.
That kind of killed it for me — for the time being, anyway.
I’ve been getting pudding, which is a cheap, quick snack. You can usually find a four-pack on sale for $1. That means you get a cup of chocolate-y goodness for twenty-five cents.
It’s not chocolate cake, mind you, but it does a good job of quieting the cravings for a bit.
Don’t get me wrong — I’ll cave at some point. But the longer I can put it off, the less we’re spending on junk. Expensive, calorie-rich junk.
So the next time you’re craving junk food — and want to utterly ruin the experience of eating something unhealthy — go check out the calories. If the restaurant’s website doesn’t have it, a fitness/calorie counting website will.
Just be warned: You may never be able to look at chocolate cake the same way again.