Sunday, August 21, 2011
Hmm. Well I was so sure I knew that I didn't' have to actually measure it!
Background information -
What was an indisputable truth about me was the tiny meal portions I ate. In fact I was wondering if I was actually eating enough calories every day.
I mean it. My plate is tiny and I often struggle to finish a non-tiny meal. I truly worried when tracking my daily meals, if I was cheating on the portions and having insufficient intake to help my weight loss (You know, when the body hangs on to weight because is doesn't feel there's enough to keep itself healthy?)
My husband is just under 6ft tall and quite an active 55 year old. He eats average sized meals and is not fat. I eat at least half less than him for every meal. It looks like a small child's portion. Hubby eats in five minutes flat and I am more comfortable taking up to 15 minutes. I like to savour my baby portion.
Back to the ReadyBrek question. When I input my breakfast Hot oat cereal in the tracker, I chose ReadyBrek 4 Tablespoons. Well, today I got my special tablespoon measure and carefully put four into my cereal bowl.........It wasn't enough! Arrggh. What I thought was four tablespoons or less turns out to be 5 tablespoons and a bit. Which means I am eating more calories than I thought every day. Wow.
I'm only a tiddly 4ft 11 and not as active as my husband and I need to cut down my portion sizes. Not much - but a bit.
It got me thinking that everywhere we see food being served, in restaurants, on TV and in our homes, they are loading those plates with far too big portions and if we eat them we will get fat.
They look normal because that's what we see every day. But they are not normal. It's rather weird really that in these times of recession, portions sizes are still not getting any smaller in restaurants, but prices are going up . Wouldn't you rather we paid less and got a normal healthy meal?
Moral of this rambling story - when measuring portion sizes, don't believe your eyes