I’ve discovered the “slice meats” tip doesn’t just apply to meat. I tried it with a homemade individual pizza, cutting it into a lot of bite-sized pieces instead of just a few slices and spreading them out on a plate. It takes longer to eat so I enjoy it more.
My favorite tip has turned out to be “eat before you eat.” To make this happen, I make sure to always have lettuce and raw veggies chopped and ready to go. Otherwise it would be easy to come home at night, decide I am too tired to do the prep and skip the salad. It works!
Once Mark was back, I was in the habit of having a salad before the main course. Now I can eat salad while he has one portion then have my portion while he has a second. Since he has a physically active job, two portions are appropriate for him, but not for me. I find I am not “jealous” that he gets to eat more because we are eating for the same amount of time. Therefore, I feel satisfied with the appropriate portion.
Between those salads and the “freebie foods” tip, I am eating more fruits and vegetables than ever. Mark and I enjoy tandem bicycling and just competed in a 30-mile mountain bike race. I felt stronger and faster during the race, plus recovered better, than I had all summer. I think those veggies had a lot to do with it. Talk about inspiration to continue!
Looking back over the past few weeks, it is obvious that portion control, at least for me, is more of a mental challenge than anything else. I found I enjoyed being “in control” of my portions so much that it inspired me to find an app for my phone to track what I was eating. I figured if I was eating the correct portions, I might as well go the next step to be in control of my whole day. So far, so good!