Day 2 of Transition: measuring food
Friday, December 14, 2012
Tonight I ordered 2 and 4 oz measuring dishers. These are the really big ice cream scoops like they use for potatoes in school cafeterias. They even used them for spaghetti when I was a kid. In the last month I got a digital food scale finally. And I got a fitbit to celebrate reaching my goal weight (I got it a couple of weeks early).
Why, one might wonder, do I suddenly want to weigh and measure food when I have achieved my weight loss goal? This is a question that gets at the heart of one reason I suspect maintenance may be trickier than losing weight. Simply put, when I had a calorie deficit of 500/day, I could fudge a little. Heck, I could fudge a lot, and I did. (Not literally fudge.) But I had days when I entered something in the tracker and thought "oops, but I'm still within a calorie deficit, surely." That won't be the case, well, not as much. And I'm never really sure what breastfeeding uses up. (Put baby on digital scale and hit "Tare" before nursing, right?)
I don't weigh and measure all my food. The measuring allows me to still have starches, fatty proteins (like cheese and nuts), and treats. I'm not going to weigh vegetables or apples or lean protein. It lets me buy greek yogurt in quarts instead of the little cups. If I don't want to fuss with measuring, I can just stick to eyeballing whole foods that day. That way I have options, and I don't have to resent either the measuring or the whole foods. It's not a way of limiting what I eat, but of making more things available.