When I speak of portions, I am not merely referring to the amount of fries, cheeseburgers, and oreos. I am talking about ANYTHING YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH! Just because it's a "healthy salad" does not mean you eat the size of a horse trough. Initially, re-training your body to eat smaller portions can be hard. Eating will need to be done more frequently this way because your body will burn through the food in your system faster. This will also help to speed up your metabolism in return. When we eat such large portions the food sits in our stomachs and our metabolisms have to work overtime to work through it all and process where that energy needs to go. This is why when we get up from the table after a large meal and feel so tired, it's because our body is putting all of it's focus on metabolising your food.
Moderation and Balance are keys to MAINTAINING a healthy eating lifestyle. I saw this online earlier this week and I loved the comparisons to portion control. Think about this, or should i say 'CHEW ON THIS':
Portion Size Control:
Cheese/Dairy- Size of a matchbox
Pasta- Size of an ice cream scoop
Butter- Size of Postage Stamp
Pancake- Size of a CD
Potato- Size of a Mouse (for your computer)
Fish- Size of Checkbook
Salad Dressing- Size of 1 oz Shot Glass
Meat- Size of IPod Classic
Brown Rice- Size of Baseball
Peanut Butter- Size of Golf Ball
Beans- Size of Light Bulb
Dark Chocolate- Size of Dental Floss Pack
Slice of Cake/ Brownie/ or Cookie- Size of one Post-It Note
Veggies- Size of Two Fist Sizes
Ice Cream- Size of Half a Baseball
Popcorn/ Trail Mix- Size of ONE handful
I think that helps put things in perspective. Non of us eat healthy ALL the time. From time to time it's okay to allow yourself some potato chips or ice cream. However- if we use the chart above you will never get out of control with your intake. Because even though it's your free day, it does not mean the calories you consume will be 'FREE OF CHARGE'.... to burn one peanut m&m you will need to walk the length of a football field... AND THAT'S JUST ONE!
BY CHANGING THE SIZE OF YOUR PORTIONS, YOU ARE CHANGING THE SIZE OF YOUR WAISTLINE.
TODAY IS A NEW DAY!!!
DO IT FOR EVERY TIME YOU CRIED OVER YOUR BODY
DO IT FOR EVERY TIME YOU DIDN'T LIKE WHAT YOU SAW IN THE MIRROR
DO IT FOR THE FIT BODY AND DOUBLE-TAKES
DO IT FOR YOURSELF... THE CONFIDENCE WILL COME!!!
"CHILDREN DO NOT OVER EAT. IT IS SOMETHING WE TEACH THEM TO DO. BE A GOOD EXAMPLE AND HELP CREATE HEALTHY EATING HABITS THEY CAN CARRY INTO ADULTHOOD."