Because I cover health, sometimes people ask me if I’m especially healthy. The answer is no, of course. I’m just better at deluding myself than most people are.
For example, I know that Chipotle burritos are extremely caloric, but I’ve managed to convince myself that the burrito bowl—all the cheese, guac, and juicy beef, but without the tortilla wrapping—is practically a health food.
No need to work out today, I walked up the Metro escalator! And sure, eight drinks a week is technically “heavy drinking” for women, but I’m Russian.
Unfortunately, the other day I learned about the app Calorific. It’s basically a giant truth bomb that pours its radioactive reality down on all the food lies we tell ourselves. With simple, pastel images, the app tells you how much of virtually any food item adds up to 200 calories.I’ll get the two most heartbreaking ones out of the way first:It is less than one donut.
It is half an avocado.
Here are a few others, if you dare look: What 200 Calories of Every Food Looks Like – The Atlantic.