When we were children we remember our parents telling us to clean our plates. We would sit at the table for an hour, if that’s what it took, to eat whatever they chose for us to eat. When we became teenagers they would let is take our own portions, but we would still have to eat everything we put on our plates, even if our eyes were bigger than our stomachs.
Children are starving in others countries, so we shouldn’t waste our food, right? Well, that five spoonfuls of mashed potatoes over what you could eat will just make you sick and if you mail it to Ethiopia it will be rotten before it gets there! Here are some ways to help you change habits like this, and others, so that you can find a slimmer and more healthier you!
Always wait ten minutes after you eat before you go for seconds. It takes about that long for the food you ate to register in your brain that your stomach is full. Then, if you are still hungry make wise choices for your seconds. Skip on the starchy and meaty main dishes and go for some vegetables.
Like I said in the opening paragraph, do not clean your plate. If you feel you are full then stop. Do not listen to the words of others trying to get you to eat all of it. You will just end up with an extra five pounds on the scale in the morning and a tummy ache that night. Restaurants serve much bigger portions now than they once did, so don’t be afraid to take home a doggy bag!
Start with a salad. This is much healthier and it will help you feel filled up faster. Go for low-fat or non-fat dressings, like vinaigrette. Leave off the croutons and only use half the amount of cheese you’d like to.
If you are eating at home chose a smaller plate to eat from as this will make you chose better portions. Portions are what is important when it comes to eating right. A portion of meat is only about the size of one of those small tissue mini-packs that fit in a purse and a serving of pasta would fill a cupcake wrapper!
Finish your meal with some fruit, which will help you feel full and won’t add much to your calorie count. Have a baked apple as a desert, or some fresh or frozen blueberries. You will definitely feel fuller longer and you will be covering more of the food pyramid!
Food Bible by Judith Wills