Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Serving Size {Women's Health}

One of my favorite magazines, Women's Health, did an article in March {on their website} about serving size. It totally struck my attention because most people serve their meals based on their eyes not their stomach. Then we either indulge until we feel sick or we waste a ton of food. I totally used to do this, until I became aware of what I actually put in my body. Now I make sure there is much more veggies and protein than anything else. 

I also don't fill the entire plate with food. No more full plates of spaghetti and meat sauce. Seriously if it is in front of me, I will totally eat it! I can eat. A lot. My dad always makes fun of me because I can scarf down a huge avocado and turkey sandwich from Togos like it's going outta style, and no one else is ever able to finish it. I'm telling ya, I love food!! I just limit myself on certain things now. Speaking of, Togos sounds amazing right now! Mom, you wanna have a Togos date when you come to town? ;) Or Campos ;)

Back to biznaz....there's a difference between "portion size" and "serving size." A portion is the amount you pile on your plate, while a serving is a standard measurement of food, such as a cup or an ounce. You never really know what a serving size is, do you? You kinda take a guesstimation. But in reality the chances of us getting a larger serving size than what the package is referring to is extremely high. Just look at the comparisons...it was kinda shocking and interesting to me. 

Cashews for real?!?! I take a handful...who really takes a thumbprint...that'd be like 2 nuts.

One ounce of cheese is the size of two dice. Umm, in this household we used to chomp on cheese there was no tomorrow. Guess that's what happens when you marry an Italian. These comparisons really made me think. I am totally not trying to sound like a health freak, just trying to make you all aware of the amount of food we all consume on a daily basis.

Happy Wednesday!! I think we are supposed to be getting some rain today or tomorrow...boo!! 

19 comments:

Melissa Beare said...

This is useful! I lost 30 lbs almost 2 years ago and have kept it off. The biggest change for me was understanding serving sizes and how much food I was really eating (A: waaaay too much). I spent 6 months measuring and weighing everything I ate so now I can eyeball it b/c I have a good frame of reference for what 5 oz or 1 Tbl actually looks like. It was kind of depressing at first (i.e., "That's all I get?") but now I am used to it.

Life After the Aisle said...

I am really good at portion control. I don't fill my plate - I also use smaller plates - and I can always go back for seconds if I didn't get enough. The Husband says I eat like a bird but I get full and get enough food - it is like 98% about portion control. Those do look like teeny tiny portions in the picture though ahaha!

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