First of all, thanks to Ina for starting this group. I regularly struggle with portion control, but tracking food and exercise with SP has made a world of a difference.
I've started my weight-loss journey in 2009 and lost 20 lbs with Weight Watchers. I've been struggling with the last 15 lbs for the past 3 years, with varying degrees of efforts. These recent months, I've developed really bad eating habits. I've been eating anything I wanted at all times of the day and night, with complete disregard for my health.
At present time, I've identified my problems areas to be the following: 1- Portion control 2- Reducing amounts of processed sugar and simple carbs I eat 3- Improve on emotional and boredom eating
One of my personal challenges is that I live with a man who has a powerhouse of a metabolism and who cycles 60km everyday. This means that he can eat 6000+ calories a day. He eats OFTEN and he eats A LOT. Most of it is super healthy and vegetarian food, but I do find myself eating with him and eating calories that I don't need!
A few strategies that I've developed so far: - Get out of the kitchen and get busy if he's eating a snack and I'm not hungry. - At mealtimes, serve myself in a smaller plate. It gives my brain the illusion that I'm having a heaping plate -- and I am! -- but the portions are under control.
And regarding emotional eating, I'm trying to be psychologically less attached to food. Sometimes it can feel like the world will end if we don't have that piece of chocolate. But you know what, it won't end! It's just chocolate. That chocolate will still be there tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and next week. And there's plenty more where it came from.
Food is not our friends, and not our hobby. Food is first and foremost fuel. Food can and should also be pleasure, so long as the pleasure stays within the realm of healthy!
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Name: Ina Age: 30 Biggest Challenge: Sticking to recommended serving sizes on nutrition labels
I figured I'd start off the introductions! My real name is Ina. I'm 30 years old, and until recently have not taken my health seriously enough. It is now really starting to show, as I'm slower, stiffer and much less fit than I should be at this age. I joined SP to stop making excuses and finally get a handle on my health so that I can lower my risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and breast cancer (which runs in my family). So far with SP I'm making some great progress, but there are still several issues which need to be tackled in order for me to reach my weight loss goals.
I have had an issue with portion control for a long time. Some of it is the fault of packaging which makes it seem as if you're only consuming 1 serving instead of several. But most of the problem (perhaps 95% of it) is me. Until recently, I wasn't concerned with reading and adhering to the suggested serving sizes on nutrition labels. I just ate however much I wanted. Unfortunately, that kind of behavior has caught up with me. My diet had become WAY too high in fat, sodium and cholesterol, and I wasn't getting the kinds and amounts of important nutrients that I needed. I also used to eat out a lot, which meant that there was more of a chance that I wouldn't even get to see the nutrition info on the meal I was eating. I just accepted whatever portions I was given at a restaurant or ate 3 or 4 slices of pizza so that's I'd be full and feel I was getting money's worth.
Since starting this journey with SP, I am becoming savvier about how to read nutrition labels, and how to see potential portion pitfalls before I fall victim to them. Thanks to tracking my meals I'm also much more conscious of what (and how much) goes into my body at every meal. I've also been studying more about hunger so that I can recognize the difference between true hunger and false hunger. All of these things are helping me to better manage how much I eat at each meal so that I'm able to start lowering the amount of overall calories, sodium, fat and cholesterol in my diet!
Hello all. This is the place to introduce yourself to the team and share challenges you face with portion control. The goal here is to get to know each other and our strengths and weaknesses so that we can better support each other through cravings, emotional eating and situations where controlling portions becomes a challenge (such as eating out at a restaurant).
New members, take some time to read through introductions and see if you identify with any of the portion control issues that have been discussed. The first step to solving the problem is finding a pattern. If we can learn to anticipate when a future problem might come up, we won't be caught off guard and will be better equipped to make the right choices!
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