Thursday, January 13, 2011
This blog hit me while I was climbing around on the battleships mentioned in my previous blog and thinking it was a good thing I was no longer super size or I wouldn't fit. One thing I have noticed about my friends who are "naturally" thin is that they practice really good portion control. Wasn't it with the advent of the super size menu that we became a super size nation? As portions at restaurants grew and the ability to super size everything we have lost all perspective on what is a normal portion. When I was at my biggest I always ordered a large. The large burger, the large iced latte with extra caramel, etc etc. I would eat an entire appetizer and an entrée in a restaurant.
So this is my plan for being better about my portion control. I am going to eat the size I want to be. I have completely given up fast food be 1) it is a nutritionally devoid wasteland and 2) I am all set with eating food products treated with things like ammonia to make them edible for human consumption but keep them super cheap. However, in the restaurants I do choose to eat I am no longer going to let them decide for me what goes in my body. I have also found that no matter how hard I try to cook for 2 people I always cook too much food. It makes me insane to throw food away so I am going to start finding creative meal options that can go for lunch the next day as well. It is amazing how much easier healthy eating is when you make the effort to be creative. Last night I made oven baked homemade chicken nuggets in whole wheat panko and steamed asparagus. It was SO good that I wouldn't even want to eat those frozen chicken paste nonsense in the freezer section.
My food scale is also my best friend. As I was packing lunch for today I decided to weigh my chicken breast as it looked kind of huge to me and it was 7.6 ounces! Where the heck do we grow chickens that big???!!! It freaks me out I can't even find small chicken breasts anymore at the store. I only buy organic chicken (do a little research into chicken farming and you will spend the money too) and they are still enormous. I also went out and bought tupperware that is pre-portioned sizing which are awesome. The range from 1/2 cup to 3 cups and they make my life SO much easier when packing lunches. The only thing I find difficult is whole grains as my fiancé refuses to eat them and it is pretty much ridiculous to make a half cup just for myself after doing all that work. I will have to experiment with freezing cooked portions and see how that goes.
Well now that I have rambled for this whole blog, my original point was this. You have control over the food you eat and the size you want to be. So eat your size and it will be easier than you think.