Eat More! That seems to be the motto for every thing and every one in the United States. The buffets encourage you to eat more â€“ they are, after all, â€œall you can eatâ€ and you must get your money's worth. The restaurants serve portions big enough for a small family. Even the grocery stores are getting in on the act with â€œbuy one, get one freeâ€ specials. Itâ€™s no wonder so many people are going to crazy extremes or unique choices to try and win the battle of the bulge.
I want to be healthy again, and I know that eating less is the way to go. But even the size of my dinner plates (which were wedding gifts) is fighting against me in my effort to eat less.
Recently I found a book that is opening my eyes and guiding my path. Kiss Dieting Goodbye by Elliott Young is pulling together the biblical ideal and the health principles into one sound practice.
The best part of it so far has been her tips to help with portion control. Iâ€™m trying to put them into practice. Here are some of hers and some of my own.
1. Donâ€™t wait until you are starving to eat. It gives you the sense that you have to make up for lost meals.
2. Measure out your portions. Most human beings only need a food serving that is equal to their flattened fist. Thatâ€™s not a lot of food, folks.
3. Keep in mind that you can always get more. Here in the United States, there is no lack of food. Donâ€™t feel like you have to â€œstore awayâ€ a favorite food because there might never be anymore available to you.
4. Donâ€™t eat from the container. Putting food on a plate or in a bowl will give you an idea of how much you are eating. It will also give you a stopping point.
5. You can only eat just one. Sometimes just the taste is what you crave. You donâ€™t have to eat the whole candy bar or all the M&Mâ€™s or the full bag of chips. Satisfy your craving and save the rest for later.
6. Share your meal. Especially when eating out. Most restaurants offer more than enough for two. This will not only help your portion control, but it will help your budget.
7. Canâ€™t split the meal? Then ask for a â€œTo Goâ€ box with the meal. Put half the food away before you even get started.
8. DONâ€™T SKIP MEALS. Keep your energy up and your metabolism running by eating at least three times per day.
9. Avoid the TV. You canâ€™t truly enjoy something that you arenâ€™t focused on. Remember how much better that last meal out tasted? Itâ€™s good because you are focused on the experience. Make every meal an experience so that you can savor the food.
10. Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. It makes the portions look and feel more filling.
Eating less food doesnâ€™t mean I have to deprive myself, it just means I have to control the portions that I lay out. By doing a little planning, taking a little extra time, and making my meals and experience and not just a necessity, I can make portion control a natural way of life.