Day 9...Reasonable Amounts
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Day 9~ Eat reasonable amounts!
Do you know how much food you should be eating or what equals a serving? While following any diet plan you need to know if you are following the programs guidelines. You need to make sure that you can estimate serving sizes in situations where measuring cups or food scales are not available.
It’s time to practice your measuring skills. Take out what you think is an ounce of chips; now grab the fool scale, were you right on? I know I wouldn’t be. Sometimes it takes counting the number of chips that makes that ounce so that you know what your limits should be.
Making sure that you know how to measure foods accurately will help you stay on track and not wondering where all those extra calories came from. Remember that serving sizes have a way of growing over time. You need to refresh your measuring skills every no and then to make sure that ounce of cheese hasn’t doubled or that cup of ice cream hasn’t become a pint!
* With each of the foods you eat today, take the amount you think is your designated serving size. Then weigh or measure the food and see how close you came to being correct.
* Repeat this exercise until you are confident about your estimating skills.
* Take the time to write down your ideal serving size for the food items you eat most often.
My Special Notes for Today:
I have done this for awhile now, just when I get confident that I know a portion I am always surprise that I have to go back to weighing and measuring the food because I sometimes way off. I am amazed when I weigh meats on my food scale to how much or how little a serving is. This is why the veggies are so much more important because you can fill up on those and not have too many extra calories on your plate.
Another thing is watch when you weigh uncooked items to cooked items. These are hidden calories also. I wish they came up with little food scales to take with us to restaurants so that we can see exactly how much they are putting on our plate because my eyes definitly want the bigger portion.