Sunday, April 19, 2009

Portion Control

This week I am working on PORTION CONTROL. This is probably one of my biggest struggles. We eat A LOT!! Lately I have been focusing on how much I'm eating; YIKES! So I went on a search to find some tips to help me tone things down. You can go to SparkPeople and Suite101 to read more. TIPS:

  • Use smaller plates and bowls. Save those big dinner plates for special occasions.
  • Order an appetizer as an entree. Stay away from fried foods though.
  • Order from the lunch menu at dinnertime.
  • Ask the server to wrap up half your meal before bringing it out.
  • Order smaller sizes such as a half-order of pasta or a "petite" cut of meat. Even so, portions may still be hefty. It's not unusual for a "smaller" portion of meat to be an 8-ounce serving.
  • Pay attention to what you're eating. You'll eat more if you're mindlessly grazing or staring at the TV.
  • Learn to read food labels, but be careful. Serving sizes can be misleading (for example, a can of cola is technically two servings.)
  • Fill half your plate with low-calorie vegetables. They will fill you up and are full of colon-friendly fiber!
  • Use water & measuring cups to gauge how much your serving utensils hold.
  • Eat a salad before your lunch or dinner meal OR just eat your fruits & veggies FIRST.
  • Eat your calories, DON'T drink them! That mean NO coffee, alcohol & SODA!!
A Few More TIPS:
  • Drink more water
  • Eat fiber-loaded foods
  • Eat low-calorie foods first
  • Eat slowly


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