Wellness Tip: Measure Your Food

Are you like me and don’t know what a serving looks like? I want to think I do, but time and time again, my waistline tells me otherwise. We have been socialized to supersize everything on our plate so no wonder we are confused about what a portion really looks like. Did you know that a serving of cereal is either 1/2 or 3/4 cup, depending on the brand? Who pours 1/2 cup of cereal in their bowl?

I know measuring and weighing our food sounds tedious and obsessive. The key is to think of this as a learning tool to retrain your mind to understand accurate portion size. Once I started measuring and weighing my food, I could more easily practice mindfulness around my meals. When I use this tip, I don’t overeat, am not sluggish after a meal, and don’t get an upset stomach.

I love the practice of my friend Katelyn. She manages portions by using a small salad plate. You can only put so much food on a small plate.

Some people use the palm of their hand as a reference point to determine portion size or you can visualize a deck of cards as another method. What tips do you use to bring awareness to your portion size?


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