Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Food Porn" & Chocolate Mint Brownies

So ... yesterday was the Weigh-In Wednesday link up. I often participate in this link up, but I didn't really want to yesterday. Why? My weight is up. It's been going in the wrong direction. Why? I've been eating too much. Not only that, what I've been eating has not been good stuff. Well, it's goooood (add a little moan here). Good tasting anyway. Good for me? Good for my weight? Well ... that's a different story.

Warning ... Food Porn Ahead
"Thank You" Bake-aholic for the image and recipe.
I made these brownies on Sunday.
I ate these brownies on Monday and Tuesday. 
I could not stop.
I want a brownie right now...

I hadn't registered a loss Friday at my last weigh-in (#10). Saturday was date night (Texas Roadhouse) and the scale went up even more. I usually get back on track on Monday ... unless I have chocolate mint brownies calling to me. So my weigh-ins haven't auto-corrected as they often do. And I still have some of these brownies left (in the freezer ... but you can eat them straight from the freezer, oh yummy). 

I had made these brownies before ... I had NOT made them since joining MFP back in mid-May. I knew, I just KNEW I wouldn't be able to resist if they were around. But I was glancing through Pinterest the other day, and there they were. And I was drooling. "I can eat just one" ... I said to myself. Myself was wrong.

As I mentioned in a previous post (Mucho Magazines), I'm making my way through my backlog of backissues. I was reading the September 2012 Women's Health when low and behold, an article on "Food Porn" and how even the images of tempting foods can be a problem (snapshot in the image up top). The article is online (The Food Porn Problem) if you wanted to check it out. It's an interesting read.  I also remember Food Porn being pointed out by a fellow blogger ( it's #3 in  Weight Loss Mistakes).  Though not labeled "Food Porn" ... tempting images were also discussed in a recent article in Fitness Magazine (Fat Proof Your Life). What are your thoughts on images of food. Do they affect you?


So ... I'm a day late, a dollar short and a couple pounds up. 
But I figured I'd still link up.
Weigh In Wednesday with Heather, Ash and Bailey.

I did NOT eat a brownie ON Weigh In Wednesday.
I resisted.
I've still got some brownies left though.

"Jen, Jen" ... seriously, I hear it calling ...


12 comments:

  1. Luckily I don't like chocolate, so the food porn wasn't a temptation for me :) Now, any other sweets, and it's a problem! Even if I hadn't been thinking about wanting sweets, a picture of something that looks good will set me off to wanting something sweet. It's pretty much impossible to avoid, though. I just don't keep sweets in the house so I actually have to make an effort to eat any.

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    1. Don't Like Chocolate. Does Not Compute. *Ü* With my picky eating habits, there are a TON of things that don't tempt me (that other's really struggle with), we all have our challenges! I have SO much on hand, seriously, my family would rebel ... I try to hide some packages and portion them out (one in a lunch box per day) but the kids and hubby can sniff out my stash.

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  2. I had this happen to me just this morning. One of my challenges this week was to not eat bread, none at all. I was doing fine until this morning when I saw an online news article with a photo of a bread roll with fried egg and bacon and lettuce, the cravings just kicked in soooo hard. I didn't give in and a handful of almonds distracted me but still. A very narrow escape.

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    1. Good for you for resisting! I love bread too. Celiacs runs in my family and I really don't know what I will do if I get diagnosed (I'm not showing any symptoms as of now).

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  3. I'm glad to see that you're human! Also, thank you for sharing these articles. I have a hard time with TV commercials, especially of pizza, now I know why.

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    1. We all have our challenges ... will you believe me if I tell you I've NEVER eaten pizza? I'm extremely picky, and I won't eat anything with tomato sauce, so pizza is out. I will overindulge in all the cheesy breads though. I'm definitely human!

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  4. Food porn and junk food advertising is on par with showing people using drugs or smoking cigarettes, in my opinion. It's irresponsible, and advertisers hawking our food surplus in order to get money is immoral. Maybe someday our country will wake up and smell the diabetes.

    Jen, don't worry. You've been doing great, and as Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day!"

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    1. I was reading another article about how actual porn IS so addicting, just like drugs/smoking. It actually triggers responses in the brain. These articles seem to indicate similar findings for food porn. I don't read the food magazines or watch tv (just Netflix/DVDs) so I don't get inundated with the commercials and images, but it's still everywhere. Like I mentioned, I do have a Pinterest board full of desserts, and people are always posting yummy recipes to Facebook too.

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  5. Food images have a profound impact on me. It doesn't even need to be an image. My boyfriend pulled an old, empty Twix wrapped out of his car and I could nearly taste it. I found myself 10 pounds up between weigh ins over the last few months and jumped back on the weight loss wagon.

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    1. I had a 10 pound jump at the beginning of the year, thus MY renewed attempt. Sometimes I just get an image in my head, I don't even need to see anything to get me craving ... Good luck to you! It's a constant challenge!

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  6. I definitely don't have the willpower to look at those too long!

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  7. Food porn doesn't seem to affect me anymore. A few months ago I would have gotten the recipe and made some for my husband! Yeah, right! He would have eaten a couple and I would have eaten the rest.

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