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Portion Distortion!

Best thing I ever did was take 'the idea' to use measuring cups to control my portions. 1 Cup for protein 1 cup for starch/carbs and 2 cups for veg (Steamed, grilled, etc.) if it's a salad mixed - 2 cups (Then 1 cup after only if still hungry). This can be very easy and has helped me to curtail my portions down to a THIRD of what I USED to eat!

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 1/10/2014 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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Read even the Healthy Food ingredient lists, SNEAKY Food industry!

Be sure to read all packaged food labels. The food industry is sneaky with the chemicals and word replacements. Soy and sugar replacements seem to be in everything!

Even the healthiest “packaged” foods can shock you. READ every label. The food industry can be SNEAKY!!

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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 4/26/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Divide and Conquer

As soon as I get home after grocery shopping I divide everything into single serving portions and write the calorie count on the containers so that there is no guessing the rest of the week. (an added plus is that it saves time during the workweek too)

- Submitted by KTACKEBE 1/16/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Vision Board & GOALS

I "vision collaged" my back of the door mirror, this way I "SEE" it all the time!!! Everyday, sometimes several times a day! Foods, Exercises, Physically fit bodies, places I want to go and things I want to do!! Anything that is something to strive for or look forward to I put it on the edge of that mirror. SO when I do that one last check in the mirror before I sweep out the door I know what I want in LIFE!!! EVerything I want to live for is there: Prayer, Familiy, Friends.Healthy Lifestyle!

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 1/8/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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If you eat it, and you don't need it, it's still a waste!

When I was little it was "eat everything on your plate!" Now my Mom says "if you don't need it... put it in a container and save it for later!" I actually did this when I was living with a host family that served us. I would save the extra food that I didn't need and eat it the next morning for breakfast or the next afternoon for lunch. Saves a lot of calories and it saves preparing another meal (or at least part of one)! Good luck and good eating!

- Submitted by ARENIMTHIA 10/7/2012 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Off the couch, on the floor..

Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 9/2/2012 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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Measure that Ladle PLUS

Before I had a look at Stage two and saw it was all about Measuring and being sure the portions were accurate, I decided to measure a few items I use in the kitchen. The ladle for beans plus. A few other easy serving utensils, ramekins, bowls, plus. Just keeps things a bit simpler.

cheers to healthy eating and cooking,
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- Submitted by DDESERTDDAWN 7/27/2011 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Size really does matter...

The size of your plate matters. The smaller the plate, the more likely your portion size will be smaller.

The size of each piece of your meal makes the different too. If your piece of chicken is bigger, you will probably eat too much. But if your chicken is smaller, you'll have better portion control.

- Submitted by WALKING_WONDER 7/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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1/2 that portion...Break
fast,
Lunch, Dinner

Half that portion! I half the portion of whatever i'm about to eat. If it can't be halved without wasting part then I don't eat it Example: Sandwich you can half & save for later...cookie you would have to share if a person is available or throw the half away if you have no one to share it with. IF I would have to waste it then I don't eat it. Planning!
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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 7/1/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Prepared

A great way to eat healthy.

- Submitted by GINGERTATE0706 2/19/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Portion control

I recently lost 50 lbs. with WW and the most important thing that I learned from that experience was portion control. Web MD has a great interactive cheat sheet here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/he
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- Submitted by SATIMIRIAM 2/11/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Measuring Food

Portion size is the biggest thing and I found that measuring my food and paying attention to the suggested serving sizes on packaging helped me learn what a healthy meal should look like!

- Submitted by BUZZ780 11/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Cut it up!!

I started cutting my food into smaller pieces and it tricks my brain into thinking I have so much more food on my plate than what is actually there.
For example chop up a banana and cut your toast in half and tada! This secret is that easy.

- Submitted by VINRANCID 11/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating out of cups instead of bowls/plates...

I forgo eating out of bowls and use medium sized cups instead. It makes my brain things I am getting huge portions!! Because the cup is tall instead of wide the portions seem larger to me and I feel more satisfied.

- Submitted by VINRANCID 10/28/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Well Balanced

I started sparkpeople about a week ago and went from 175 lbs to 167 lbs eating everything I wanted and with tracking the calories knew i was losing weight. PORTION taught me on day 1 that i could still have what I wanted but just not so much.

- Submitted by MARKDUVALL78 10/15/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Portion, Portion, Portion

The biggest downfall I've always had was my insatiable sweet tooth and how on every other diet I've been on I cut it out all together. You can have anything if its the right portion and doesn't throw your calories way over. I love ice cream so I choose lowfat frozen yogurt. Eaten out of a teacup I stay on track and fill my sweet tooth for about 100 calories.

- Submitted by FLAMEOF_SUZAKU 9/2/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Portion Control

The number one thing I have found to losing weight is portion control! Begin by leaving one bite of everything on your plate. Slowly let that bite left over grow into 2 bites, 4 bites, and end when HALF the plate is left. In America the portions are out of control, no one needs a platter or an all-you-can-eat to satisfy their bodies. Generally half a portion is plenty of fuel, and if you feel guilty about wasting food, take it home and save money and calories!

- Submitted by C-RAE717 8/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Portion everything on your plate before eating!

I make sure I always know exactly how much I'm going to be eating beforehand - it helps planning my meals. Even at restaurants I take a look at all my food, judge how much I can eat for my calorie allotment, then portion that off and eat only that. Portioning snacks prevents continuous munching too!

- Submitted by DONTEATMENOOO 7/15/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Breakfast Cereal

When opening a bag of cereal I only make a small cut into the top of the bag. That way the cereal takes a while to pour out and I can control the portion I want much better.

- Submitted by ONE_SUMMERTIME 7/10/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Can eating in front of a box sometimes be good?

Even though they don't suggest eating in front of a TV or computer, I do.
I pre-portion my meals. I only eat in front of my work PC. When I have dinner at the table with my family, I'm always the first one done and I feel less fulfilled with my meal....

- Submitted by NWEITE 7/8/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Carry the Food Instead of Eating It? Imagine...

Another visual that works for me when I'm hungry is imaging carrying the food with me all day (or forever!) instead of eating it. Would you want to carry that bag of fast food, then that piece of cake, then that bag of chips, then that steak dinner? Nope. The lighter the meal, the better. :)

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Digital Scale & Portion Control

I've found that using a digital scale with EVERY SINGLE THING (for the first few weeks) has given me a much better understanding what is a Serving Size. It's fun when making my lunch I can still put exactly 1 serving in a bag and be off by only 1 or 2 pretzels.

- Submitted by TIME_FLIES 7/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Zipper baggies are your friend!

When I bring something home from the store that has more than one serving to a box (snacks/cereals/etc.), I get out my zipper bags & measuring cups and pre-measure individual servings into bags. I keep the bags in the original box, so they're easy to grab, use AND stick to your portion control!

- Submitted by TRISHY12 6/18/2010 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments
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Visual Aid

Portion control is very important. Keep in mind that your stomach is about the same size as your clenched fist. Compare your fist to the amount of food on your plate... and proceed with caution.

- Submitted by THELONEPENGUIN 6/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 5 Comments
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