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Eyes Bigger Than Stomach????

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I have heard that phrase all of my life. Someone puts too much food on a plate and can't eat it all. That has NEVER been my problem! It's the opposite.

My eyeballs are the worst judge of portion size, even after all these years at goal. You'd think I'd get the hang of it, but I never have. I still have to weigh and measure out portions onto a plate.

But so what? Is there some kind of award for accurate eyes? Is it pride, or just a secret desire to eat more? The bathroom scale won't let me get away with inaccurate portioning, but my kitchen scale saves me, several times a day.

I plan, I weigh, I measure, and I check it off.

Eyes bigger than stomach, indeed!!
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    I have a visual of meat the size of a deck of cards in my the veggies are a freebie for me because
    I love veggies....all kinds.

    I just had to learn(successfully I might add) not to drown
    them in butter or sauces, and I still loves them...

    Nell, great blog....

    1551 days ago
    i am the same way. I use my kitchen scale a lot, and my measuring cups.
    1557 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    emoticon Yes, this is a true statement. It's amazing how deceiving our eyes can be when it comes to portion sizes. I weigh my food because with food density differences, it's the only way to truly measure accurately.
    1557 days ago
    Good blog Nell, have a good day
    1557 days ago
    If anyone is a great example of long term success in maintenance, it YOU! Thank you for the shout out to measuring and portion control. It is so vital. Woo Hoo!

    1558 days ago
    I regularly spot-check my portions to ensure I'm on track. Just keeping my measuring cups and spoons on the counter while I'm preparing a meal is a big help to me.

    I'm trying to make a conscious effort to leave a bit of food uneaten at meals. I need to change my pattern of eating every bite, even after I'm no longer hungry.
    1558 days ago
    I weigh and measure almost everything (will eyeball the spinach and lettuce), and pre-plan everything (and plan on doing this forever) but I still run in to the occasional "eyes too big for the stomach". There are days that I end up not quite as hungry as I'd planned for, you know?

    If I'm full, I stop eating, even when my portion is exactly the planned size. The nice thing about having it all weighed and measured is that it's easy to weigh or measure the bits that I didn't eat so that I can correct the tracker!
    1558 days ago
    Oh yes~! My food scale is my BEST FRIEND, along with my measuring cups!

    1558 days ago
    When I'm on track I weigh and measure everything too. It's just a habit and doesn't take more than a few extra seconds. I do eyeball "good veggies such as green beans, spinach, lettuce, etc., but everything with significant calories (even carrots) gets weighed. *sigh*
    1558 days ago
    When I'm being very, very good, I leave a set of measuring cups out on the counter, so that I can eyeball my amounts. It's amazing how tiny a half-cup is.
    1558 days ago
  • DR1939
    Even when I feel I'm accurately measuring a food, I will occasionally get out the cups or weigh it. I love my electronic scale that easily sets to zero so I can put my plate on it and weigh the serving.
    1558 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Another thing I find similar about us. I will have to weigh my food until the day I die! Great blog...yes, indeed!
    1558 days ago
    way to go have weigh & measure everything
    1558 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    I have used that statement many times prior to SP. I also weigh and measure most things....I say it that way because when it comes to lettuce, spinach or any greens I fill my bowl. Any add ons are weighed/measured right down to the dressing if I don't use lemon. This habit has kept my mind at ease and my body happy. Have a super Saturday and let's just keep on weighing and measuring if that's what it takes.
    1558 days ago
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