Weight Loss Support - Movie Theater Popcorn - Theater Snacks?




carbstart
10-20-2012, 12:46 PM
My fiance and I went to the theater last night spontaneously because we were nearby. As usual my fiance got popcorn. Popcorn is my weakness and I ate half the bag because of its proximity and the smell of it in the theater was overwhelming (and I slipped). Is there anything to eat at a theater that's safe to eat besides sipping on a diet coke? Or do I have to avoid the spontaneity next time and bring my own snack?


CanadianCutie
10-20-2012, 01:12 PM
I usually smuggle in a snack or two, and a couple of bottles of water. I can't imagine paying $4 for a bottle of water, and especially for a brand I don't like. For the snack I usually bring in gummie bears, or swedish berries/fish. But I have brought in grapes or an already peeled/sectioned orange.

Arctic Mama
10-20-2012, 01:46 PM
I'm an abstain-or-sip-on-a-diet-coke person, as I've never liked movie theatre popcorn. I make fresher, much tastier stuff at home :)


fatgiraffe
10-20-2012, 02:30 PM
Bring frozen grapes. They are refreshing and taste like candy! They take longer to eat too!

sontaikle
10-20-2012, 03:28 PM
I bring a bag of some kind of nut. It was roasted cashews last time. I also bring gum: I'll have a handful of my fiance's popcorn and then pop the gum into my mouth ;)

FunSize
10-20-2012, 03:38 PM
I always sneak in a small bag of raw nuts & 90% dark cocoa from Walgreens.
Totally makes me feel not deprived ;-)
But I do have fun days where I splurge and split nachos with my daughter! Nachos are my weakness I just have to budget my calories for them.

Garnet2727
10-20-2012, 03:39 PM
I usually just go ahead and have a small popcorn without the butter.

ChickieChicks
10-20-2012, 04:41 PM
I am a habitual smuggler! ;)

I do get a diet pop there, but ometimes bring a water.

As for snacks, I like to bring something salty, like a small Baggie of crackers or soy crisps. I also bring a square of very dark chocolate. Sip and take small bites!

We are going to the movies tonight, so I need to find some snacks. :)

toastedsmoke
10-20-2012, 06:04 PM
I usually get the small or the kid-sized popcorn depending on which is smaller. It seems a little dumb to buy 2 separate bags of popcorn if you're going with someone but I need the portion control or I'll just mindlessly eat a whole huge bag. I also get a water or diet coke.

Smuggling is really hard over here because they search your bags and confiscate your goodies almost with as much rigor as the TSA at airports.

nina cloudstar
10-20-2012, 06:19 PM
I bought an air popper from amazon, and I can make 2 cups of air-popped popcorn for 30 calories!! It is amazing! It has revolutionised my snacking haha. Of course this doesn't help if you can't smuggle it into the cinema... I normally try to fill up before I go to snacky events, on healthy foods, then I'll break my no fizzy drinks policy and have a diet coke so I feel like I'm indulging myself and don't dig into the crisps.

westcoast rosa
10-20-2012, 07:47 PM
I always bring water with me and a 100 cal smack pack of some sort (smuggling is easy here). If I really want popcorn my partner will get one without butter and the theatre gives out spare tiny bags (if asked) and I will put my portion in there.

BlackBarbieKiss125
10-20-2012, 10:20 PM
I buy the kids meal with diet soda as the drink option. It is like 8 bucks but you get a small popcorn,small soda and snack. It is not perfect but it is more appropriate size for someone who is on a diet.

Also I try to compensate what i eat during that day to include the calories from the popcorn, so eat clean rest of day and put in extra 30 mins at the gym that day.

chickpeas
10-20-2012, 10:35 PM
I usually get a diet coke and then I eat a few mouthfuls of DH's popcorn. If I buy a whole one for myself I would feel I had to eat it, whereas sharing his I tend to eat only a little.

freelancemomma
10-20-2012, 10:37 PM
Or do I have to avoid the spontaneity next time and bring my own snack?

It depends on how important movie popcorn is to you. To me it's very important -- going to a movie would be a far less satisfying experience without it. So I decided it was one of the things I was NOT willing to give up, calories and salt be damned. When I was in weight loss mode I would have the popcorn instead of supper. It was still very worth it to me. Now that I'm in maintenance I may have a small dinnertime snack beforehand. I usually get a large size and eat the whole thing.

F.

ADL
10-21-2012, 05:31 AM
For me the desire to snack (not just at the movies, everywhere) was just getting to be too much for me and so I had to go cold turkey. I just don't let myself think about it. It was tough because food has a way of becoming an integral part of an experience. For example, going to the movies and having popcorn, I would always debate with my friends about which snack to get and in the movie we would all share a big bag and whisper about the movie. So an experience as simple as going to the movies had to be completely changed but it was a necessity because otherwise my snacking would have interfered with my diet too much.

Skellig19
10-22-2012, 01:11 PM
It depends on how important movie popcorn is to you. To me it's very important -- going to a movie would be a far less satisfying experience without it. So I decided it was one of the things I was NOT willing to give up, calories and salt be damned. When I was in weight loss mode I would have the popcorn instead of supper. It was still very worth it to me. Now that I'm in maintenance I may have a small dinnertime snack beforehand. I usually get a large size and eat the whole thing.

F.


I'm with you on this one! I do the same thing. I love popcorn, especially movie theatre popcorn (sans butter) so there is no way I can say no to it. I just skip my dinner and eat the popcorn instead. 1 day of a less than super healthy choice is not going to destroy the diet!

brethan
10-22-2012, 03:27 PM
movie theater snacks are a no-no! Avoid those things like the plague girl! I only drink a bottle of water or a diet coke whenever I am in a similar situation

Mer du Japon
10-23-2012, 10:48 AM
I like to sneak in my own--I bring a bag of Skinny Pop popcorn. It is a pretty big bag, it's tasty, and the whole thing is 100 calories.

Elladorine
10-23-2012, 12:00 PM
It's not always the case, but we usually go out to dinner before a movie, and with any luck I won't want any snacks once I'm there. ;) But the last time we'd had a light and early lunch, and we both ordered a hot dog once we got to the theater. That was probably a lot better than any popcorn or candy, calorie-wise. Er, hopefully at least. :dizzy: :lol: But visiting the theater is only an occasional thing anyway.

I never drink regular soda anymore and don't drink diet fountain since I can't read the ingredients (I have a bad reaction to aspartame so I'm very selective about what I do drink). So all soda is out for me unless I smuggle some in and I'm used to that being the norm no matter where I go. Sometimes I'll opt for a bottled water but it's sooo pricey for what you get and hardly seems worth it. Sometimes I'll go for an iced tea but the priceyness factor jumps in there too.

Then again, that goes for all movie snacks regardless, it's just so expensive! I don't eat regular candy anymore, but I've smuggled in small amounts of the sugar-free variety. I do love the smell of popcorn and will occasionally get a small to share with my husband, but I always remember that it's not a huge deal to skip out since I can always make a fresh batch with my air popper once I'm home.

I used to absolutely have to have snacks when going to the movies: large popcorn, a big box of Junior Mints, a large regular soda, the works. Not so much now. :)

Desiderata
10-23-2012, 12:27 PM
Clearly different things work for different folks, but I see movie theater snacking as a bad habit that's not very conducive to long-term weight loss. Treats are great once in awhile, but I think the danger for a lot of people is that going to a movie becomes strongly associated with less-than-ideal food behaviors. Sort of like mindless snacking in front of the TV at night - it's the linkage of the two behaviors that I don't think leads to a good place.

So for me, no movie snacks. If my husband occasionally insists on getting himself some popcorn, I'll steal a few bites -- but I think it's important not to let my brain come to expect that movie = unhealthy food. Sort of like how they tell people with sleep problems to practice "good sleep hygiene" by severely limiting what activities take place in their bed, for me "good food choice hygiene" means trying to keep my food choices largely separate from activity choices.

tricon7
10-23-2012, 02:14 PM
Bring frozen grapes. They are refreshing and taste like candy! They take longer to eat too!

Frozen grapes - that's an idea I've never thought about. Thanks.

Concession-stand food is so expensive and fattening, I'm going to invariably smuggle something in. I either bring in something I'm allowed to eat, like Wheat Thins that's low-fat, or I keep my calories low for the entire day until movie-time, when I can treat myself to something like Jordan Almonds (yum). Come to think of it, considering how many calories Jordan Almonds would cost me, I could bring in a pretty big bag of Wheat Thins *rubs chin thoughtfully*.

I almost never go to the movies, so I allow myself to go over my allotted calorie limit on special occasions - but even then not by much.

mimsyborogoves
10-23-2012, 04:29 PM
Raisinets aren't horrible if you can control yourself. I rarely go to the movies so I usually indulge and get a small popcorn while I'm there if I don't eat before hand. Most of the time I eat before hand so I don't have to worry about it.

sontaikle
10-23-2012, 06:06 PM
Then again, that goes for all movie snacks regardless, it's just so expensive!



Word. My mom taught me to smuggle in stuff years ago because of the outrageous prices. Sometimes we pop our own popcorn and bring it in.

Still, I love eating some popchips or something or portioning out my own snacks because I can mindlessly eat (thus getting part of the american movie experience ;)) but know exactly how much I've eaten.

My fiance and I sometimes smuggle in meals (wraps, sandwiches, etc.) because we like to head to the movies around dinnertime and go to an earlier show (before the teens get there)