Choose Your Weapon: Using The Right Tools To Win The Epic Calorie Battle
Let’s face it, winning a battle, completing a quest, or slaying the dragon often comes down to whether we selected the right weapon. The same is true for our health. We all know that portion control is a big factor in our fight to stay slim or drop some unwanted weight. BUT, it can be easier said than done if we don’t choose the right weapon!
Here are a handful of weapons, er, tools you need in your arsenal to win your calorie battle.
1. Smaller plates: I started here years ago, and it was the best thing ever for helping me eat less, feel satisfied and keep the portions in check. I mean, a cup of spaghetti on a large dinner plate looks pitiful. But, a cup of spaghetti on a salad plate looks like a nice serving of yummy, comforting pasta! The smaller the plate, the less food you can put on it, plus it fools our eyes into thinking we’re eating more that we are! Give it a try!
2. Small containers: I keep a nice supply of small containers such as condiment cups, small sundae cups, and plastic cups with lids around. Scoop that ice cream into a small sundae cup instead of a bowl. You can obviously fit a lot less of it in there so you won’t overdo it. Small condiment cups are great for nuts, seeds, um, chocolate chips. And the small plastic storage containers with lids make it easy to pack the perfect lunchbox.
3. Baby spoons: Yes, you’re reading that correctly! Okay, perhaps this tip is more for the gals out there. Eat your dessert with a baby spoon! I do this all the time. Not only does the kid in me love it but I can take 20 bites of ice cream or pudding with a baby spoon or 6 bites with a regular spoon. I vote for more bites! I’m all about savoring and enjoying my treats. This is a sure-fire method to help me do that!
4. Measuring cups and spoons: We need these for cooking but they also come in handy when you’re learning proper food portions. Use them for all your food servings for about a week or two. After that you’ll be able to eyeball your portions sizes better.
I use each one of these weapons every day to keep me on track. I eat tons of healthy foods and plenty of naughty foods I love thanks to keeping the portions where they should be.
Give these weapons a try. Which one is your favorite? Do you have your own secret weapon for staying healthy? I’d love to hear about it!
Until next time… keep on slaying!
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