Thursday, July 01, 2010
One of the first things I’m tackling since committing to better eating habits is portion control.
I knew I was filling my plate way to full but prided myself in the fact that I NEVER went back for seconds. Truth is I didn’t want to have to get up and go get more because I hurt too much and one trip from the kitchen to my chair in front of the TV was all I could manage; besides my hands were full with hubby’s plate too.
Ah, two plates, and one always had more on it than the other. But did I give that fuller plate to the construction worker who’d been up since 4am? Honestly, every single time I’d hand a plate of food to him the same thought nagged at me. And every single time I’d hand him the plate with less food. This has been going on for years. And because I’ve always been a “good-little-girl” I’d clean that over-filled plate even if I was full.
There I said it out loud. Another cockroach squished!! End of back story, on to portion control.
I’m finding it’s actually easy to use a smaller plate and dish up less food the trick is becoming educated about what your stuffing your face with then keeping track of what you’ve consumed. SP’s Nutrition Tracker has become my bible…. I’ve noticed the first thing you enter after the food item is serving size. Well, I’m getting schooled on that and have had a number of “Ah ha” moments in the process. For instance a banana is considered two servings… half a dill pickle spear = 2 servings… a box of cook and serve Jell-O pudding with three cups milk serves SIX!!!! Are you kidding me??? OMG I’ve been eating for three, some times four…. its no wonder I have a weight problem.
Portion control is a huge part of any program and yes, less does = less but until you face those devilish details it’s easy to over eat. On a high note I’m finding a less shameful little girl under all this fat whose learning that single portions are satisfying and I don’t have to reward myself with dessert.
Pfffft…. rewarding myself with dessert for what? Over eating?? Now who would do a thing like that???