Your Nutritional Goals may be ready for a PC Tune-Up!
Spring is right around the corner and if your nutritional goals feel like they are hiding under a winter coat, then maybe it’s time for a PC Tune-up. No not your computer PC, I am talking about a Portion Control tune-up! If you are like most of us, when it comes to food portions your eyes will use very convincing strategies to make your head believe that the portions on your plate are close to the recommended serving. Some of us are consuming far more than we intend to. If you do one thing this month to help shed that winter coat, make it a commitment to get a nutritional plan and measure everything that goes into your body. You most likely own most of the tools you will need to get the job done! Get them out and dust them off!
The place to start is to gain some knowledge about what a proper serving size is, and with some minimal equipment that you probably already own in your kitchen, get ready to apply the discipline to do it!
Food is medicine and deserves the same attention to exact amounts that do the medications prescribed by your doctor. If you are serious about your weight loss goals get ready to measure every morsel you put into your body. It all needs to be carefully planned out, measured, and with a purpose in mind. If it doesn’t serve a purpose it is going to result in unwanted pounds. Each of us have nutritional needs that are unique, what works for you is not going to work for someone else. If you have yet to consult a professional nutritionist, now is a very good time to start. The time and money saved in getting what you desire will be well worth it. If you do have to go it alone, the first thing to learn is what a portion size is. One portion is not a plate full of pasta. Most plates these days will hold six portions without looking close to full. When it comes to pasta a portion for us women is about 1/2 cup, which will come as quite a shock when you actually see it for real.
The second thing you need it some very basic equipment. Some measuring spoons, measuring cups, and an electronic scale. I advocate for getting the best kitchen electronic scale you can afford. I like the Salter (www.salterhousewares.com.) I use mine at least twice a day. Sundays is when I do most of my food prep for the week and it is in use all day long. (I keep my old one handy as a back-up just in case, as well as spare batteries) Nutrition is a science and you must treat it as such. Most of us eat when we feel, and feel bad when we eat. Our emotions rule our weight. Once you begin to look at it for what it is, and apply the math, the ill feelings you have will dissipate, I promise.
The last and most important component is to apply discipline on a daily basis to see the results. It really is all about the math you know, it is science. It has nothing to do with who you are, don’t let it define you. Nutritional goals are well within your reach, if you write them down, and measure your way there. Stay true to your plan. If it is not on the paper, it is not on the plan. Your daily discipline will bring great rewards! Consistency is the key! Stick with it!