Yesterday, I was going to do a short couple of miles and the weather was sooo beautiful that I doubled it for a 4 mile run. I even had to take my jacket off and wished I was in shorts. I’m seriously loving this sunshine and wish I could work at night and play all day and never need sleep so I could enjoy it more.
Breaking a sweat, in a short sleeve, outside in February…who would have thought?!
Yesterday I realized it had been at least a good month since I have had frozen yogurt. So naturally I made my friends go get some last night. It really took a lot of convincing 😉
Now that I’ve posted a picture of a delicious treat, let’s talk about portion control 😉
I think this is one of the most common problems I see, even for those people who generally eat pretty well. Just because a food is good for you, doesn’t mean you can’t have too much of it…you can! I think being aware of how much you’re eating is just about as important as WHAT you’re eating!
Recently, I’ve run into a couple of resources I wanted to pass along to help you know what a portion size actually looks like. This first example comes from Precision Nutrition (side note: I’ve recently become obsessed with them. Such a cool site!). Here’s what they have to say:
- Your palm determines your protein portions.
- Your fist determines your veggie portions.
- Your cupped hand determines your carb portions.
- Your thumb determines your fat portions.
Check out this article of theirs for more information and pictures of what the portions look like. Generally, they suggest 2 portions of a respective food group for men and 1 portion for women at each meal.
This next example comes from WebMD. This article of theirs shows you a serving of a common food and compares it to something non-food related to give you a better idea of the actual size. Pretty interesting.
If you’re feeling super confident about your knowledge on portion sizes I recommend checking out this quiz of theirs to test your portion size IQ. It was pretty eye opening!! (aka I didn’t score very well. oops)
Portion sizes are something I’ve always struggled with and am definitely still learning to get a handle on. But with a little practice and help of these visual aids found in these articles, I feel like I’m getting a little better, slowly but surely.
Last time you ran outside?
Are you good with knowing portion sizes?