Frozen yogurt and popcorn

Was this you too?

In college, we believed frozen yogurt and movie popcorn were good for us. “Diet” appropriate even. My girlfriends and I would skip dinner and  consume a large fro-yo with granola and carob chips (also both supposedly diet friendly). Finishing it off with a large popcorn (sometimes even getting refills!!)!  We would wonder why we couldn’t lose any weight. 

Frozen yogurt was designed to appeal to women as an ice cream substitute—meant to be better for you than ice cream—healthier even.

Well, remember the “Seinfeld” episode about the frozen yogurt? “Its non-fat! I’ve been waiting for something like this my whole life!” In the episode Elaine and Jerry gained 7 and 8 pounds, respectively. Rudy Giuliani’s cholesterol count turned out to be a whopping 375—and the only thing they were doing differently was eating the Fro-yo!

A November 2009 study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that a medium popcorn at a Regal-chain movie theater contains 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat (the fat of an entire stick of butter). Suffice to say we would have been better off eating the deep fried okra and biscuits from the commissary (clearly I went to school in Texas)!

In a single day, having fro-yo for lunch and movie theatre popcorn for dinner was clearly not the best idea—not just from a calorie standpoint, the amount of artificial flavoring alone was enough to create potential problems: nervous system depression, dizziness, chest pain, headaches, fatigue and allergies. You would think it was the jungle juice at the frat parties that was making us sick, when truthfully it was our chosen “diet foods”.

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s (outing my age!) there was no Pinterest with 1000+ ideas about a healthy college diet, no nutritionist on staff at the sorority house, no Spoon University articles on Facebook, or Google to look to for answers.  Someone somewhere said, “these things are good for you” and while we were all very smart girls, somehow we believed that the replacement for ice cream and the brightly yellow colored snack at the movies would help us from gaining the Freshman 15. Uhhh, I don’t know about you, but for me is was the Freshman 20!

The Summer after Freshman year I started on weight watchers (but the exchange plan, there were no packaged WW foods back then) at the time it was a system that encouraged healthy eating, but still allowed the occasional treat.  You had to show up at a meeting, and they taught you about balanced eating and portion control.It was based on eating quality foods, not a 2 point WW brownie over 2 points of chicken!  Sound familiar?

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 When we stopped eating only frozen yogurt and popcorn.

When we stopped eating only frozen yogurt and popcorn.

Debra Feinstein