Taking control in the kitchen
As a Dietitian, I have seen my share of many different fad diets (21 day fix, nutrisystem, etc.) that while being unsustainable in their wholeness, have some excellent underlying aspects – the primary one being portion control.
Before we get into portion control, I’d like to tell you a story...
It was July, right around Independence day, and I had about 7 BBQs to attend in the course of two weeks. Wanting a healthy option to eat at all of these events, I planned to make and bring my own dish – mostly cold salads and soups bursting with fresh veggies and whole grains. My absolute favorite summer pastime is eating huge slices of juicy, dripdownyourchinandyoudon’tmind, watermelon. As is common in the summer time, these green bowling balls of goodness are on sale. So I decided to buy the biggest one I could find. I planned to enjoy post-party as my dessert. Well, wouldn’t you know it, by the time I go home I was exhausted and the last thing I wanted to do was cut into this giant melon. I knew it would be messy, and take more than the 5 minutes I was willing to spend on a snack at that time. So every time I wound up choosing whatever snack food was in my pantry and put off the watermelon for the next day. It was a sad, sad day when I came home and found that my watermelon had shriveled up – I had to throw it away!
Moral of the story – make your healthy choices the easy choice. Your belly and your wallet will thank you. Portion control is not relegated to the dinner table. Read on for my favorite tips on portion control and making healthy easier.
Before grocery shopping:
After grocery shopping:
At meal time:
A note about ‘healthy’ substitutes, like sugar free cookies and non-fat dairy. These products are healthy on a one-to-one basis. What that means is, you are not being healthier by eating 5 sugar free cookies if you were only going to eat one regular cookie. Everything in moderation - even those foods that are marketed as healthy.
That's all for today! I'll be back soon with multiple posts to make up for my month long hiatus.
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Ashley Shaw MS, RD, CDN