Day 6 – Gambling with Your Portions: 2 Easy Ways Not to Overeat

Basically, I think you get my food rhythm. I eat breakfast (probably should call it “brunch” since it’s already noon and I haven’t had it yet) which might be eaten all together or split into two smaller meals within a couple of hours of each other, and then dinner 30 minutes to an hour before the end of my 6 hours. Everything is eaten within 6 hours. Depending on my work schedule, it’s rarely consistent. This week it has been 10:30 – 4:30, and today, it will be more like 12:30 – 6:30.

So today will be my new found delight of my Super Coconut smoothie (coconut water/dried, unsweetened coconut/coconut oil/ and a banana all blended together. That will do me for an hour or so, which I will follow up today with a few slices of my organic homemade wheat baguettes  (drawing a ga-a-a-sp from all of you GFers out there, but we’ll talk about that later) with a topping of some sort (it’s almost shopping time, so that will likely be organic peanut butter).

Got my exercise in at a more optimum time — in the morning before the break-fast. I got up to 6 reps today, so felt pretty pleased with myself. I actually intended to stop at 5, but I was so energized, it seemed like a waste to not go one more. However, my muscles are telling me me something (besides that I’m working them more than usual). It feels like a deficiency of some kind, so I’m going to research amounts of protein for my level of exercise, etc. Or it could be dehydration. I know I do not drink enough water.

Dinner tonight will be high fiber, low carb chicken tacos with home cooked pinquitos.

Look for three recipes to follow — one for the baguettes, one for the tacos, and a guest post for the beans.

The bean recipe or “method” if you will, comes from my friend Marsha Waggoner, who has her own recipe blog, Hillbilly Fusion. Marsha grew up and spent much of her adult life in Kentucky, moved west to Arizona to get her PhD at the U of A, and who–keeping my fingers crossed here–will purportedly be my neighbor by fall. If we two girls ever get together on an enterprise, LOOK OUT!

So, how not to gamble with your portions: two great ways to maintain control Again, I want to start this by iterating that the majority of the blog is about what “I” eat and how I eat rather than what you should eat. However, the “how” I eat is important for anyone trying to curb appetite, curb portion size, and/or lose weight.

Long, long ago, I realized that I was the kind of person who, if I didn’t want to eat it, I just couldn’t have it around. That was pretty simple when I was single, but now that I’m in a relationship, there are some tempting non-negotiables with my partner that I have to deal with. He is polite enough to keep his snacks off the kitchen counter where they’re not visible. Also, when he joined the household, I specifically evaluated his favorite snackage (not that he knows this ><), so I choose to buy those that he loves but which are the least tempting to me. So, his primary snack food is Doritos. We don’t have them in the house that often, but I do get a kick out of the child-like delight I see in his eyes every time I bring him home a bag from the grocery store. I used to get away with none for the longest time when we lived where there was an organic food co-op nearby and I shopped there almost exclusively. I never had to feel guilty about not bringing home Doritos because where I was shopping there were no Doritos.

Truthfully, though, until I got my hunger under control, we forewent (can you say that?) any of those “handy” snack-type foods.

We also developed a very important habit of what I call “one-plate meals.” I’m from the Midwest, so growing up, and something which stuck with me long into adulthood, was that when you sat down to a family style meal, everything was in pass-around style bowls on the table. For someone who suffers from difficult portion control, that is a complete no-no.

So, we only eat single plate meals. I serve it up onto the plate and when the food on the plate is gone, dinner is done. Since we very much enjoy each others’ company, it also urges us to eat at a more leisurely pace, so that we linger over the one plate, instead of passing around more food to enjoy while we converse. Relationship tip: eat dinner with someone whose company you enjoy.

I also exercise portion control while cooking. If we do bulk shopping (primarily meat, since we can’t always get the kind of meat we want where we live), I re-bag everything into two portions, so that I just pull out the exact amount that I need. Or, if I know I’m going to be busy, I can pull out two bags and cook them together, leaving a “leftover” portion which will suffice for a second meal later in the week. It is a rare instance where, if I cook extra, we eat more. We respect our budget, and our desire for a minimalist lifestyle, so we choose, 99% of the time, to save the entire second portion for an additional meal.

Another thing is getting away from the desire for desserts. There is only one way to do that, and that is to just stop eating them and to stop eating anything which contains sugar. Sugar is the biggest reason for your constant hunger, no matter what form you eat it in. I don’t nix all desserts, but we never have dessert more than once in the same week, and never more than twice in the same month (and usually far less than that). I have learned to make some really delectable desserts without sugar, and we do on rare occasion have a “real” dessert, complete with sugar, but more on that later. The point is, eating a sugary dessert even two days in a row will set you up like Pavlov’s dog. I don’t think I need to explain further.

So that’s a quick primer on “how” we eat in this household. It does marvelous things for portion control. Recipes on the way.

Oh, by the way, that is not my image, I don’t really appreciate the sentiment, and I can’t remove it. Guess I just need to ante up for the premium package sooner or later. —————————————————–>

(Fork/Tape photo courtesy of Grant Cochrane & FreeDigitalPhotos.com)

Food Administration poster 1917

Food Administration poster 1917 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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