Chareva was out at the farm this morning while I stayed home to record a podcast interview. When the interview was over, I took off my headphones and became aware of an odd sound coming from the living room, where the girls were watching TV. It was a crunching sound.
Are they eating nuts? I wondered. Nope, I went looking for nuts last night while watching Sons of Anarchy. No nuts in the house. Bacon? Nope … there was no cooked bacon around when I grabbed a cup of coffee before the podcast interview, and the girls wouldn’t dare fry bacon themselves.
When I went to investigate the mysterious crunching, I found the girls eating from a dish of dry cereal.
What the heck?! We don’t keep cereal in the house. Was Chareva persuaded by the wheat-promoting troll who left all those nonsensical comments on my latest post about Wheat Belly? Did she decide to conduct a blind wheat challenge?
Turns out our Sunday newspaper had arrived with three free samples of cereal, courtesy of General Mills. Nice of them to give away free health food … and I know it’s health food, because as you can see, the words Whole Grain appear on each box.
Realizing they were busted, the girls began negotiations.
“Can we eat these? They’re just little boxes.”
“How about if we just eat one box every day?”
“Nope. Cereal is junk food.”
“Uh … can we split one box a week?”
“Okay, you can split one box, once per week. That’s it.”
They had already finished half of the Wheaties. Here’s what they were splitting:
That’s for 3/4 of a cup. Back in the days when I thought whole-grain cereals were health food, I ate the stuff for breakfast. But I never ate 3/4 of a cup and then said, “Boy, I’m full!” I probably ate more like two cups, so I was starting my day with around 130 carbohydrates by the time I added the milk (low-fat, of course), but only 16 or so grams of protein and not much fat. No wonder I was famished by noon.
When Chareva came home, we went to the county recreation center, where she and I usually take turns lifting weights while the girls swim. A cute little girl who looked to be about four years old was also swimming. When she got out of the pool, I noticed she (like her father) already had a pot belly.
I’ll bet they eat whole-grain cereals for breakfast.