An easy way to keep your calorie count accurate is to keep a 1/2 cup measuring cup in the pantry next to the cereal boxes. Most cereal calorie counts go by 1/2 cup or 1 cup. With the measure right there you won't accidentally over pour! Use it to measure your milk, rinse & put back on the shelf.
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I shop at a grocery outlet store, the kind of place where you buy as much of whatever product you see because it may not be there the next time. I buy very healthy cereal for about $2 a box. I have a great big plastic storage box at home where I pour the cereal and mix it. Then I fill a standard cereal Tupperware type canister to serve from. I measure my cereal every morning .
Some mornings, it's more "twigs", another more flakes or squares, but it has flavor variety every day. That huge tub holds about six months of cereal and, because it has such a tight seal, it does not get stale.
I have been measuring my cereal with a measuring cup and I know I have been cheating by making a very rounded scoop. Recently I started weighing (using a digital scale) my servings. I have realized how much I was over pouring and it is harder to cheat the scale. I haven't missed the extra cereal.
I tended to under-estimate food portions when I tried to "guess" at a serving. I still measure my cereal, milk & juice each morning. I read packaging for portion sizes, and use the Food Tracker. I use a "fancy china portion plate" I ordered from England for dinner - it has portions beautifully painted on it's face. A nice, elegant feel that makes portion control more fun. I hope to one day be able to "eye ball it" but for now weighing and measuring food at home is helping me alot!
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