Ease Into Better Eating

The best way to achieve your ideal weight and optimal health is to eat perfectly all of the time. Eat perfectly? Now who can do that? I certainly can’t. I don’t even want to. But with that being said I am on the road to ideal weight and optimal health. I didn’t let the ‘perfectness’ of it all scare me into no action. I am obtaining my goals little at a time.

If your eating habits are looking less that wonderful, change things little by little. Start off with something simple to manage like portion control. Most Americans eat too much of everything. Just read the box of your favorite breakfast cereal or even the package of cookies you just bought. Find the suggested portion size and stick to it.

Here are food portion measurements that can be brought with you anywhere:

  • Vegetable Portion = Two fists fulls or 1/2 plate
  • Protein Portion = Palm of your hand (in width and thickness) or 1/4 plate
  • Fat Portion = Thumb size (from the finger tip to first knuckle) or 1 Tablespoon

Another secret I like to do is fool my brain by using a smaller plate when I eat. Most people like to see a full plate when they sit down to dinner. So train your body by fooling your mind, use a luncheon plate or a dessert plate for you meal. You can fill it up but you’ll be eating fewer calories. Let’s face it a smaller plate can’t hold as much as that large Frisbee-size we often see at place settings.

Just one more secret so you can get yourself going in the right direction. Eat reasonably the first time around. Don’t go for second helpings. You can save those leftovers for lunch the next day.

And if both of those fail, drink a large glass of water thirty minutes before your meal. This is a good practice anyway but something we have to train ourselves to do.

Using these tips, I’ve changed how I look and feel. Now its your turn. Pick the one thing in your eating that you know you can do. Pick it and stick with it. That one thing could make the biggest difference toward your goals.
Take that first step, don’t be afraid because the task is big, little by little.

To Your Best Health,
Coach Nancy

About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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