Getting antsy for vacay LOL
Today, imagine that your biggest trigger food is sitting on the kitchen counter. Watch yourself pick it up and toss it in the trash without even considering eating it. How does it feel to be in total control over your trigger food? What small steps can you take today to put you more in control of your food cravings?
Challenge - Measure Up to Slim Down
To accurately measure your food, you will need a set of dry measuring cups and spoons, a liquid measuring cup, a 12-inch ruler, and, if possible, an inexpensive kitchen food scale. Keep all of these tools handy in your kitchen at all times.
The key to accurate measuring is using the right tool for the right foods.
- Use your measuring cups for foods such as fruits, yogurt, pudding, cottage cheese, canned or raw veggies, and ready-to-eat dry cereal. You'll also use these cups to measure COOKED pasta, grains and rice. Fill the measuring cup level to the top, not heaping over the top
- Use your food scale for cooked meat or uncooked grains. The standard portion size for most meats is 3 ounces cooked.
- Use your liquid measuring cup for beverages, liquids and broths. Get down at eye-level to accurately see the measurement line. To save time, find a glass that holds exactly the right portion size, then, use that same glass each time your pour yourself a beverage.
- Use your measuring spoons for things you eat in small amounts, like peanut butter, oils, salad dressings, and mayonnaise.
- Use your ruler to measure the width of a bagel or the diameter of an apple, which can be hard to eyeball. When looking up on your Nutrition Tracker, you'll see that many of these items are tracked based on their size, such as a 4-inch bagel, or a 3-inch apple. In these cases, pull out your ruler so you don't underestimate how big your portion really was.
- Some foods will be recorded as a specific number like 23 whole almonds, 17 medium grapes, 5 candy kisses, 10 pretzel twists. So again, don't eyeball your serving.
So what about all of those home-cooked meals and recipes you've been eating? How can you accurate measure them? SparkRecipes.com has a wonderful free tool called the recipe calculator. With this tool, you can enter the ingredients of your favorite recipes and get accurate nutrition information per serving.