Size Matters: Eat the Right-Sized Portions

Small-Portions

When it comes to making a plate of food, the majority of people have what is commonly known as portion distortion. It is difficult to eat correct portions, given that we live in a culture that encourages over-eating. Eating over-sized portions can make you sluggish, overweight, and deplete your overall energy. The reason you may be missing an evening workout session or falling asleep at the movies after dinner is because all your energy is spent digesting the dinosaur portion you ate. It’s time to rid yourself of the restaurant-sized mentality and be on your way to a healthier, leaner, more energetic lifestyle.

How do you know what the right portion is? One of the most common ways to gauge your portions is via hand symbols. While hand symbols usually apply to meals that include meat, there are vegetarian and vegan meals that can follow the hand symbols as well. While it is common to read the labels, they are not always the most honest. A lot of companies will report inaccurate information about the serving sizes or fat content on certain foods you purchase. It’s best to direct your attention to making meals that will give you the most nutrition, for example, fresh fruits and colorful salads, or raw nuts and seeds. Your body doesn’t need to work overtime by processing meat, dairy, or junk food just to keep you awake throughout the day. Processed foods and highly acidic foods can lead to improper blood flow. A healthy circulatory system is key for proper bodily functions, which is why you should never eat anything out of the bag. It’s better to focus on eating an apple, for instance. Trust us, it’s worth it.

If you eat smaller portions, your body maintains neutral levels. The best way to limit your food intake is to drink 16oz of water before you eat. This will control your appetite and help digestion. A lot of people overeat because they aren’t properly hydrated. Overeating can be hard on the digestive tract and can cause your blood sugar to spike or plummet. When you digest food, glucose is steadily released into your bloodstream and the body in turn releases insulin, which allows glucose to enter into cells for energy storage. A large meal results in a large insulin production, which clears glucose from the bloodstream. This results in what is commonly known as a crash. This is when you say goodbye to activity and hello to the couch. Get out of this routine by eating smaller meals throughout the day. Additionally, you can eat healthy snacks between meals and after workouts. By eating healthy snacks, which are 200 calories or less, between meals, your appetite won’t be out of control when it’s time to eat a main meal. One thing to keep in mind is that you will be less likely to eat a lot if you have to work for your food. Oranges, pistachios, or edamame are foods that provide nutrients, but make you work for them.

The best way to maintain the correct portions is to eat your meals in a small salad bowl. This doesn’t mean that you should make a food mountain that is one false move away from falling on the floor. Keep your meals contained within the bowl and eat foods like vegetable salads, nuts, seeds, or fruit to stay alert and to avoid high blood sugar levels. Slowing the pace at which you eat or chewing slower can help too. A great way to set the mood for a slower-paced meal is to dim the lights, as this creates a more relaxing ambiance. Avoid second helpings and split a meal when you go out to eat. Also, don’t aim to be 100% full. The people of Okinawa, Japan practice being 80% full, and they are some of the longest living people on the planet. They live long because of calorie restriction, in addition to high consumption of fruits and vegetables.

There are a few tips to remember that help you control your portions. Try eating with chopsticks, which will help you eat slower, or hold your utensil in your non-dominant hand; so if you’re a righty, eat with your left hand. Never go to the grocery store when you’re hungry because that leads to impulse purchases of items that are usually addicting and bad for you. Make a list for the grocery store, as this will help remind you to get the necessary items. Don’t watch television or movies when you sit down to eat a meal because this diverts the attention span and extends the meal, even after you’re finished eating. The shows lead to binge-eating and ignite a feeling that more food is necessary. You don’t want to end up staring aimlessly into a cupboard or refrigerator, waiting for something to grab your attention. Be mindful when you sit down to eat and portion control will become a reality.

Sources:

http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/3-benefits-eating-smaller-portions-17517.html

https://www.skinnymom.com/food-proportions-quick-tips-to-eat-the-right-amount/

2016-06-02T09:43:17+00:00

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.

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    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.

     

    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

    Example:

    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    The manual applies when you are FINISHED with a cleanse or kit. Follow the regimen's diet. It clearly states NO COOKED FOOD. You are asking us about cooked food here. Stick to the diet plan and you will be alright! You are asking about foods no good for your condition. Whey is crap. Meat is no good. Grains are no good for you as well. They all produce too much mucus!

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    Q: What Are Some Natural Sweet Treats (Junk Foods) I can Consume? Under free will you can consume what you like, but healthier products are best. You will find plenty of "healthier" snack, treat, and junk foods at good health food stores such as Whole Foods Market, PCC Natural Food Stores, Erewhon, Trader Joes, Natural Grocers, New Frontiers, etc. Just make sure to abstain from salt, sugar, and other harmful chemicals in the products you buy. We list many companies of alternative foods and products (and their website addresses) in our ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL.

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