I sneak food off my kids’ plates when they aren’t looking. 😳
Ok, I totally just admitted that. It’s true. Please tell me I'm not alone. I also eat what’s left on their plate so it “doesn’t go to waste”. Well, let me tell you. All those little tastes, licks, and bites add up to some major extra food intake my body doesn’t need. 👎🏼
That’s why I have to be very intentional about portion control. I need to know how much of what I need to eat before I sit down to eat. Otherwise, I’ll eat all the things. Thankfully, I have some great tools and tips for helping me stay on track with my portions. In addition to my portion control system and endless library of meal plans and recipes (that also align with my portion control system), here are some tricks I use to help me keep my meal portions on track:
🥘 I use my portion control system to help me meal prep.
🥘 For those meals I haven’t prepped, I use a smaller salad plate. A larger plate means I’ll fill all the empty space with food my body doesn’t need.
🥘 I refrain from seconds. I tend to get into a bad habit of loading up on seconds. Truth is, my body doesn’t need it. My brain thinks I need it.
🥘 I drink a glass of water before my meals. Many times, we associate thirst with hunger. That leads to overeating. Filling up on water curbs appetite and adds to my hydration points.
Hopefully, you find these tips helpful. Try incorporating them into your meals this week.
If you're interested in finding out more about my portion control system and how you can get access to all the goodies click HERE.
Gimme all the ideas on how to control binge-fests. What are some tips and tricks you use to help you not overeat at meals?
What is clean eating? The short answer is: clean eating means one refrains from eating processed foods. If you can't pronounce the ingredient, or it didn't come from God's green earth, it's out. The details of this can vary slightly from individual to individual; but in the long run, it's a healthy take on what you put in your mouth.
Clean eating has been a priority of mine for the last 4-5 years or so. I used to have the WORST diet! Fast food, processed, prepackaged, gimmicky diet. I loved going out to eat, ESPECIALLY during my lunch break. Talk about calories and $$$$ down the drain. I packed on the pounds FAST. I was not eating to fuel my body. Even when I started to lose weight by tracking my calories, I still wasn’t properly fueling my body. Granted my bank account was healthier, but the Lean Cuisines I took to work were far from nutritious. I was still eating packaged junk. BUT, it was a start. Baby steps to begin making the right choices I needed to take my body to optimal health.
Depending on where you’re starting, it can be overwhelming to think about making a change when you picture where you want to be. Which can lead to lack of motivation and success. That’s why it’s important to start with just one thing. Get that down, then add on another component. Once I had the portion and tracking in place, it was easy to start incorporating other changes throughout the months.
So, I have a lot of people asking me about my recipes. I'm going to start documenting them, not only so I don’t forget what I put in something the next time I’m craving it, but also so people can make their own version. I’ll set up a quick link on my page that goes straight to recipe posts. Easy peasy! Sometimes I just come up with something on my own, and other times I get inspiration from Pinterest or Google, and then modify the heck out of it. Hey, being in the service industry for so long made me become a major recipe modifier offender. It got boring eating the exact. same. menu. item. every. single. day.
I’ll start with the recipe for this super summery, light shrimp pasta. I completely made this up off the top of my head, so I’ll try to get the measurements right.
LEMON AND GOAT CHEESE SHRIMP PASTA
1 tbs. butter
1 head broccoli
3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup (uncooked) Red and White Quinoa Macaroni (get it HERE)
¼ cup shredded parmesan
2 tbs. goat cheese
I don’t think we ever get to a point of perfect, healthy living. Do I eat clean every meal of every day of every week? Heck no! But, I don’t beat myself up about it, and I pick back up when I stumble. Tracking what I eat is a really eye opening experience. If you’ve never kept a journal of what you eat throughout the day, I challenge you to give it a try. If only for a week. I use MyFitnessPal to help me keep track of my meals. Once you start doing this, you’ll be amazed at how many calories there really are in that sandwich, or “healthy salad” or side of ranch dressing. These things start adding up. It really takes a mental shift in how we perceive food for a lifestyle change to happen. And that’s when you’ll start seeing results.
Let me know if you have any tricks, or helpful apps in keeping your diet on track. Anything that makes it easier and convenient will help us remove the excuses that keep us from sticking with it.