Okay lets compare!
We mentioned earlier about increasing portion sizes which can create a huge amount of confusion when it is that we look at how many calories are in a food product. For example, in the 1950’s a muffin would be about 180 calories because it would be of small size compared to what we think of as a muffin today which may contain as many as 440 calories. When we think of a glass of juice in the 50’s would be a 4 once glass and I bet if you look in your cupboard you can’t even find a four ounce glass anymore. And even if you can find one I bet you don’t use it very often.
My glasses in my cupboard are between eight and sixteen ounces. So when you think of having some juice there is a huge difference in not only calories and carbohydrates between a 1950’s four ounce glass of juice and what we think of today as a “normal” amount of juice.
Yesterday I was watching Alfred Hitchcock's psycho that was released in 1960. The lead actress Tippi Hedren was 5’4 110 lbs waist 24”. In the movie there is a scene that I photoed for you in which she is commenting on her lunch and you will notice in the photo what this lunch is comprised of. This is a lunch that she has actually prepared from home because you will notice she has unwrapped it. It looks to me like it’s two small pieces of bread with the crusts cut off with a thin layer of egg salad in the centre. She also has a small container of soup, large jug or water, and what looks like a small pop. So lets compare this lunch with a photo of lunch I found on twitter which was promoting Keto diet. When I look at this photo the first thing that pops out at me is the sheer size of the portion. The bun is comprised of almond flour which does not remove the carbohydrates.
The almond flour bun alone is 10g of carbohydrates, the sausage is 5g, cashews come in at 10g per 1 ounce and in the picture it looks like at least 1/2 a cup of cashews and whatever she is trying to hide under them, so I am going to be generous and say that amount is 15g. The cookie is 5g.
So in total this lunch alone is at least 45g of carbohydrates. wow.
More than your needed intake for an entire day.
Tippi's lunch- Two slices white bread with the crust cut off is about 12g, egg with mayonnaise is 0g, the soup would range from 0g to 5g.
In total, Tippi's linch would be about 17g. Which is under the needed amount for the day.
What was really interesting was that she didn’t even eat the lunch AND she was planning on broiling one steak for three people for dinner. This really highlights the difference in food portions and the expectations and confusion about how much it is we “should” be eating. An important note to add in is that her reasoning for not eating the lunch was “I’m not hungry.” It’s important to know and understand the difference between when we ‘should’ eat and when we need to eat.
The word ‘should’ means societal standard. We ‘should’ be eating three meals a day, only the truth is we actually really don’t need to be constantly full. for e.g. my friend who is actually obese, when we were out for the day when she actually wasn’t hungry stated “well I haven’t eaten a lot today so i guess i should eat”. And so it didn't even matter to her whether or not she was hungry. And the truth is based on portion sizes, she had already eaten her calories/carbohydrates for the entire day by then anyway. this is another way in which we fool ourselves into thinking we are being healthy.
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