wow! - how many eyes would be open if they read this. This really puts things in perspective, and really lets us see that what we think is one serving is really probably about 2 or even 3 - thank you for a really informative article.
This article is very helpful. I'm amazed at how much I miscalulcated portion sizes.
3/18/2008 5:27:26 PM
Portion control is what I have to watch all the time. If I don't, the servings slowly become a little bigger, and a little bigger! My husband and I had a 1/2 cp. portion of sugar free ice cream the other night. His bowl was 3 times the size of mine. I ask him if he measured his bowl, he grinned and said yes... He piled his serving up in the measuring cup! Ack!! My eyes are bigger then my tummy, and it may always be that way. So I measure.
I was JUST discussing this with my husband. How timely! He was concerned about all the recommended servings of fruits, veggies, carbs, etc and this explains how a serving is very different than a portion. GREAT article! Very needed-
My husband cooks for both of us most of the time, and he is great about divvying up the food into portion sizes. I think he needs a little reeducation about how big a portion size actually is, though. I'm printing this off and putting it on the fridge so we can both see it.
The very best tip I got from phase two is to pre-measure all my foods for the week. I shop, dice and chop all the fresh veggies as I'm putting my marketing away, portion out the individual servings into portable containers and I'm all set for my meals. This helps so much with taking lunch, having a ready breakfast, and fast dinner prep after work. Also, I am less tempted to stray from the healthy foods since they are just sitting there ready to go. And, I might not have fresh veggies like cauliflower, green peppers, carrots, etc. if they weren't already chopped and ready to be tossed into recipes.
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