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The Real Business of Healthy Living
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Portion Control Tip #5:
I hope that by today, day five, you have realized how simple actions can create big results!
The last tip for the week is equally as simple and as impact-full. Don’t get hungry smile emoticon Yes really, I am telling you to snack if that’s what it takes. Not on the junk, if you are pulling a late night at the office or stuck in that meeting that drags on forever before lunch, get a snack. If you allow yourself to go hours in between meals until the point of starving, you are going to inhale that first plate of food and only realize towards the end of the second how much you ate (and what it was, yikes). Would you go grocery shopping on an empty stomach? No, of course not because you will buy more and make poorer choices as to what goes in your shopping cart. The same idea applies here. Keep veggie slices, protein bar or shake, fruit anything healthy to hold you over and keep you from becoming a ravenous beast.
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Portion Control Tip #4: Veggies First!
Today’s tip is so easy to do and will pack a punch in your eating habits. Bring out the veggies!! When having lunch or dinner do it restaurant style, bring out the salad first smile emoticon Or if you have been following all the tips this week, dish up in the kitchen, veggies first then go sit down and eat before dishing the main course. You will fill your tummy up with the good stuff, leaving less room for that heavy meat dish or pasta and cream sauce. You have now switched your portions from small side of veggies and large portion of entree, to big portion of veggies and small portion entree! Added bonus: your digestion will be working much better when not going to bed with a heavy meal in your stomach!
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Portion Control Tip #3: Eat Buffet Style, Really!
We are on a roll this week so let’s keep it going! Another simple yet high impact portion control tip for you today: Keep the food in the kitchen! What do I mean by that? When cooking any meal or even if you ordered take out, don’t set it all out on the table for serving. Go buffet style, but on your kitchen bar or counter. When we sit down to a table full of food, even with those smaller plates that I know you are now using 😉 we have a tendency to keep filling up. It’s right in front of our face after all, just a quick little grab away. Instead try this, leave the meal in the kitchen, dish your plate there and enjoy your meal at the table. When you have to get up to go dish yourself seconds you will automatically stop and consider if you really want to get up and get the second helping or not. You will actually put more thought into it. Added bonus: more time conversing with your family now that the focus at the table is each other, not the dishes of food laid out.
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Portion Control Tip #2: Start Small
When setting the dinner table or grabbing a plate to eat off of, use the salad plates! We have become a generation of go big or go home. Big combo meals, big drinks, big plates. That isn’t working so well for us is it? Reserve the dinner plates for special occasions such as Easter and Thanksgiving dinner. If you are still hungry after dishing a small plate and following Portion Control Tip #1 you can get seconds! I promise nobody is going to eat it all before you get there, no reason to pile up and hoard the food smile emoticon Another bad habit we have created for ourselves is the idea that we must clean our plates and not waste food. So when we use those big plates, pile up and eat until the plate is clean, we have a tendency to eat enormous portions. By using the smaller plate you can create a new habit while eating less, feeling full but not stuffed as well as not wasting food. Start small, not BIG!
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Back by request, Portion Control Tips
Tip#1 Slow Down!
It takes twenty minutes for your brain to get the message the stomach is full. Take a bite, set down the fork, slowly chew, savor and repeat. Your noggin will get the signal before you get to second and third helpings. Added bonus: the liquid gold in your mouth (saliva) will be able to do what it was meant to do, begin breaking down the foods for better digestion. So ENJOY your meal, don’t inhale it!
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A fun cooking class learning how to make MoMo's. Easy and healthy. I am definitely adding more interesting cooking classes to my calendar this year!
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