The real problem with breakfast cereal is that the serving size is ALWAYS one cup. One measly cup. Have you ever measured out your breakfast cereal into the one cup serving size? It's small. Really, unsatisfyingly small.
For me, breakfast cereal is kind of like ice cream in that I could sit down and eat bowl after bowl with no appreciable sign of slowing. For a whole day, probably, I could sit at a table and eat bowls of either breakfast cereal or ice cream, and never feel full. I'm not sure why these two substances are so irresistible to me, but they are. Upon sight of the perfect storm of bowl, spoon, and breakfast cereal, my stomach opens up into a massive black hole, a spinning vortex of chaos into which many a bowl of deliciousness can disappear and never be heard from again.
Seriously. I'll be full after three bites of pasta but I can eat like, 10 bowls of cereal and feel fine. I have, I'm a little ashamed to admit, gone through an entire BOX of cereal in one sitting, completely on accident. I just kept refilling the bowl, thinking "well, this time I have too much milk, so just a teensy bit more cereal will fix that" and "oops, not enough milk, let me add a bit - oh! Too much milk! Needs more cereal!" I know it sounds like a ratio problem, but in my heart the truth is all too clear: I just want more. It's a drug, and I am helplessly addicted. The type of cereal doesn't matter, either. I go just as insane over six bowls of Cocoa Crispies (yum) as I do over eleven of Organic Raisin Bran.
Ice cream is a little more easily explainable, what with the sugary, creamy goodness of it all, not to mention the chunks of chocolate or cookie dough that get mixed in on occasion. However, I am lactose intolerant, for the most part, and so eating more than a spoonful or two of ice cream is a recipe for disaster for me - and yet, I will happily sit there, eating not just spoonfuls, but entire bowls of the sweet stuff, consequences be damned.
So what is it about these two substances that render me incapable of saying NO MORE? I usually have decent self-control when it comes to eating, but any time I make the mistake of thinking I can handle just one bowl, I find myself waking up hours later with a cereal hangover, sticky spoon stuck to my chest, empty boxes strewn around me, a crazed look in my eyes...and still craving just one more bowl.
What foodstuff can't you resist?