Portion Control… also key to good health

14 Aug

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Sometimes we eat more with our eyes than with our stomachs…  we miseducate our bodies into believing more food equals more health and that is an erroneous notion.  it is not the quantity of food, but its quality, that creates a positive equation for our long-term health.

Eating more than we should brings a slew of issues – obesity or being over weight, digestive issues like reflux disease, which might bring forth other issues like insomnia, lack of restful sleep, lethargy, lack of energy, indigestion,  etc.

Let’s re-educate ourselves into eating more healthful portions:

  • Serve yourself in a smaller plate… the plate will be full with less food and you will train your brain into thinking this amount of food IS ENOUGH for you.
  • Learn to fill yourself up with fresh salads.  If you still feel a small plate is too little to start your transition, complement your small plate with fresh veggies which carry lots of phytonutrients. Also, add fresh fruits to your breakfast or even as snacks…
  • When eating out, order a 1/2 portion – many restaurants offer 1/2 portions.  Ask for them…  And if even that is too much share a meal with someone or only eat half of it now and save the rest for later.
  • Take a walk after a meal.  This will increase your physical activity, help your digestive system do its job faster and increase your overall health.  When people eat large meals and immediately stay at rest or even take a nap it prevents the digestive system to do its job promptly because you’ve ordered your whole system to rest,,, so all that food stays in your stomach to ferment… not fun!
  • Do not eat a full meal too late at night – for the same reason as above.

 

Let’s take control of what we eat and the quantities we eat and over time you’ll see it in your health and possibly even your waistline…

 

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One Response to “Portion Control… also key to good health”

  1. EcoGrrl August 14, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Definitely good points, and also remembering that the meat, if you eat it, should be a side, not a main, on the plate – always should have majority veggies, minority meat/starch :) My big (regular) plates at home never get used except for serving, I don’t know what I’d fill them with ! :)

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