Friday, February 17, 2012

Post 13 / Day 79 ~ Are Your Portions Off?


Proper food portions?  You mean I can't eat all that I want, as much as I want? 


Not if you want to live a healthy life.

 I last spoke of healthy foods to eat, and dabbled a little about nutritional labels.  

Those darn nutrition labels!!  I wish they were a little more straight forward to help the consumer, and not so sugar coated to help out the food manufacturer.  

Huh?

The funny thing about all of this is that as the food manufacturer starts putting their numbers together, they start seeing how unhealthy their product may be.  What will we do?  I know!  Lets make the serving size five chips!  The numbers will go down then!!

OK!  Who eats just five chips?!  I don't know about you, but you can not just eat five.  Even if you are "waist" conscious, you will still eat more than five chips!  

I personally know that I do not want to eat a piece of steak larger than my palm, did you?  To make life simpler for some of us, I have come across some images that may help you when you're putting your meal together.  



And no... you will not need to carry measuring cups, measuring spoons or a food scale with you!


First off... when serving meals for my family... I do not use my dinner [size] plates!  I use salad [size] plates for us, sometimes even pulling out the desert [size] plate for Calley!  You trick your mind into thinking that you are eating more.


For when we are our family's home, I use the following [mental] pictures to assist me in serving for my husband and daughter.  For us visual people, I  have collected a few different pictures for you to help you with portions.  Then there's a couple for those of you that are less visual.




Finally, some creative nutritionists have put some plates together as to what our plates should look like...




Sure hope this helps put proportions into perspective for you.  It did me!


Here's to another glass of water!

Stay healthy and Think Positive!

Blessings to you and yours. 

Images courtesy of google images.

5 comments:

leigh said...

This is so helpful - I often don't think about portion size but I know I should, because I eat healthy but I eat MAN portions! Anyone more info on how to read labels would be great!! That always stumps me!
Leigh @ oneandoneequalstwinfun

Amber said...

I love the handy guide to measuring. It really puts things in perceptive!

Anne @ Green Eggs and Moms said...

Loved this especially the "handy" guide. Oh and I have small hands so I guess I've found the upside to their size.

Rosann said...

This is so awesome. It's so important to watch portions, especially when you're trying to focus on weight loss. My husband and I have a food scale and actually weighed our portions for an entire year while we were both extremely focused on our health and weight. Now we can look at it and quickly determine how many ounces a particular portion is because we got so used to it.

Katherines Corner said...

I think people would be shocked to realize that a can of soup is supposed to feed two and some serve even three. Or that a portion of chips is like 8 chips. This is a great post xo