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Please talk me out of movie theatre popcorn!


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I love popcorn + butter + tons of ketchup seasoning.

Movie night with some friends tonight, I'll have about 900 calories to consume. What's an alternative to popcorn? I know nothing there is good but what's the lesser of all evils? nachos and cheese sauce doesn't sound feasible! Plus I'll be HUNGRY by then...

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Why don't you bring a snack with you? I like to pop a bag of kettle corn at home, put it in a gallon sized bag, and bring it with me in my purse. Not only is it a whole lot cheaper, but it's a whole lot better for you than that heavily buttered popcorn they sell.

This is a good idea, but I'm going directly from work to the theatre.

Also, I read that it isn't just the butter that's bad, but messed up oils they pop the corn in. Even non-buttered popcorn from the theatre is poop!

Hmmm... I think there's a sandwich place nearby!!!!

If you really love it, why not have some? I mean, are you really going to avoid movie theater popcorn for the rest of your life? An occasional splurge is fine.

The theaters in my area offer kid-sized popcorn with a drink and gummy snacks. Much more (calorie and wallet) budget-friendly.

It would be better if they actually had butter for you to put on it but all they have is butter flavored oil.  And it's got a week's worth of salt on it. 

If you're going to eat it skip the butter and keep it to human sized proportions.

I completely, thoroughly, 100% enjoyed my popcorn last Friday when I went to see The Lorax with my little family.  I just drank a ton of water there, and after.  It's all good, one movie isn't going to kill you or your journey.

One large popcorn has over 1800 calories in it, thats without the butter/ oil.  It could easily turn into 2400 cals.  As a frequent movie goer I had to come to terms with this.  Its almost part of my goal to increase my metabolism so I can enjoy this calorie rich pleasure.  Right there with you...

Original Post by bierorama:

If you really love it, why not have some? I mean, are you really going to avoid movie theater popcorn for the rest of your life? An occasional splurge is fine.

The theaters in my area offer kid-sized popcorn with a drink and gummy snacks. Much more (calorie and wallet) budget-friendly.

I actually had movie theatre popcorn last Saturday :)

 

Anyway, I resisted! I ate a small whote-wheat roasted turkey breast sandwich, no dressing. The popcorn sure smelled good though!

I used to be exactly like you ! That ketchup seasoning is out of this world!!

This is probably not what you want to hear, but I think you should entirely cut it out, as I did. Your body is conditionned to food, meaning that if it's used to you having supper in front of the TV, you'll crave food as soon as you get on that couch. If you have popcorn in movie theaters, it'll seem nearly imposible to go without it. But you can. I stopped. I just don't buy any snacks there anymore. Honestly, if you're gonna eat, don't munch mindlessly in a dark room. Enjoy every bite, which you can't do in a movie theater. The first few times are hell, but your body quickly forgets and I don't even think about popcorn anymore - or that ketchup seasoning.

PS: And take some gum with you. It really keeps your mouth busy.

Btw, going forward, you might consider making your own. I really dislike the packaged microwave bags because they have too much crap. Just buy some popcorn kernels and place half a cup or so in a small brown paper bag, fold the top down once or twice and zap in the microwave for a minute or so (depends on your micro). No oil or salt necessary. But, you could, add whatever you'd like. I carry this around all the time and use organic popcorn. Best to you!
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