Are y’all ready for goal number three? This month the focus is on portion size. Now portion size doesn’t necessarily mean to eat tiny bits of food. Just because you eat a small amount of something doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing your body good.
Portion size has to do with eating a healthy meal and not going overboard. I know you’ve heard the expression ‘too much of a good thing isn’t always good’ or something like that. This is true with eating healthy. You can consume too much food at a sitting which could be a bad thing. The first thing that comes to mind for me is indigestion. This simply happens because your stomach is filled to capacity from eating too much. Certain foods might also cause discomfort. Also calories can be consumed in excess making weight loss that much more difficult.
Here’s an easy way to keep your portion sizes in check. Instead of eating meals off of a large plate try using a smaller plate. An 8 inch plate is an ideal size. With any meal, half of it should be fruits and/or vegetables, a quarter should be lean protein and the remaining quarter a starch. Keep in mind that your fruit and vegetable portions should not be starchy. Bananas, plantains, legumes, yams, corn and winter squash are a few examples.
If you’re working towards losing weight or desiring to eat healthier, assess the size of your plate, what you’re putting on your plate, and if you’re going back for seconds.
If it’s weight you’re trying to lose and you’re anxious over not getting enough to eat, here’s one trick you can try. Drink a full 8 ounce glass of water before each meal. This will help you to to feel full and to decrease your chances of over eating. If the hunger pangs are still nipping at you after you’ve eaten an 8 inch plate balanced meal, I would suggest eating a tad bit more vegetables, which are lower in calories. Remember to avoid the starchy ones.
Whatever you do, if you fall off the portion size wagon, don’t beat yourself up. You can always climb back on and start again!
I hope this was helpful. Don’t be shy, share any tricks or tips on how you’ve mastered the art of portion size.
Until next time,