DAY 13: Tool Tuesday: Measuring Cups and Spoons and a Scale
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Today I am highlighting a group of tools that helps to keep me on track: measuring cups and spoons and a kitchen scale. If you have not measured out your food before, it can be an eye-opening experiencing. Knowledge is power. While it can be tedious to measure and document the amount of food you are eating, I think it is very hard to learn to eat within bounds without a clear idea of how much you are actually eating. When I first started measuring my food, I used mostly the cups and spoons. Now I am using the kitchen scale a good deal more as it can be more accurate. For example, I prefer to weigh out my cereal on the scale using the number of grams in a serving instead of scooping with a cup. Also, it is easier to figure out the calories if you are not using an exact serving. I will admit that I do not measure everything. It really is impractical sometimes. Sometimes I don't have time or I don't know what the calorie content of something is (like for a casserole or dessert that I make). However, it has helped me tremendously and I believe accurately tracking my food has made all the difference in getting my weight back down. I have bought some additional measuring spoons to make life easier. For example, I keep a tablespoon measure at my office for measuring salad dressing and I keep a teaspoon measure in my powdered coffee creamer. If you have never taken the time to measure, I highly recommend trying it for a day or two just to see if what you are eating matches up to what you imagine you are eating. After a while you do become a better judge of portion sizes which helps a lot when you are eating away from home.