As promised in my last post, here are four ways you can plan ahead to combat mindless eating at the movies. Not only will you eat less junk, but you’ll save some money, too!
1. Take a pass.
This is what my brother and I did when we went to see The Hunger Games yesterday, which, by the way, was FANTASTIC. We were able to last the whole 2 hours and 22 minutes (+1 hour wait/commercial time) without any food – it really wasn’t that difficult!
2. Order small.
Trust me. You don’t need the biggest size available – you’ll be so into the show that you’re not going to notice that much of a difference! And if you finish eating before the credits roll, that’s great! It will give you more time and energy to focus on the movie. (Or if you’re seeing Hunger Games, you could spend the time trying not to cry, comparing book vs. movie, Peeta vs. Gale, etc… ;))
Movies are better with a buddy, and so are the snacks – in fact, the more, the merrier! Not only will you probably eat less, but you’ll also have to be polite about it, too – being sure not to take more than your share, not scarfing/shoveling it by the handful… It’s a win-win!
4. Bring your own.
I’m not sure what all theater policies are, but some don’t allow you to bring in your own snacks. But that’s not to say that they won’t search your purse/pockets if you stuff them with Trader Joe’s goodies or other snacks from home… Not that I’ve ever done that before! It’s probably the best way to get the most health-conscious, cost-effective theater snack, though. Just sayin’! 😉
So next time you go to the movies (or when you see Hunger Games for the third time), ask yourself what you’re going for – the film? Or the drinks, candy, and popcorn? Hopefully these four alternatives will help you avoid mindless eating while still enjoying your movie.
“May the odds be ever in your favor!”*