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Itty bitty amounts of food

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I have been on Spark since May 2008. You would think by now I would have retrained my mind and body as to how much food we should have. NOT! I am still not on "cruise control" when it comes to keeping my eating on plan. I bought a new food scale because after my old one died I suspected a bit of portion creep. I found many things I judge pretty well--all the things I don't like where I'm ok with itty bitty portions! I'm sorry but one ounce of cheese is just way too tiny. And my favorite bread weighs in at 3 ounces for such a little piece (must be the whole wheats). I admit that I appreciate my food more now that it comes in petite, it seems much more tasty. But I don't seem to be able to stop wanting more. Especially when I ramp up my exercise, that makes me really hungry. My biggest worry is that I will succumb to my desire to eat more. It's just so tempting and I feel so weak. I'm so much happier without the 50 pounds I lost but some days that isn't even enough to distract me from fantasizing about the next thing I'm going to eat. Or dealing with the disappointment when I see the itty bitty food on my plate at the next meal. When will I be transformed to a really healthy thinking person?
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    Since joining Spark recently, I am overwhelmed by the hundreds of blogs which describe me perfectly- not satisfied by the quantity of food on the plate. I have lost 11 pounds, however I still eat entirely to much of healthy foods. I feel "deprived" unless my salad bowl is brimming with romaine lettuce, mushrooms, cucs, peppers, tomatoes, etc. This emotional eating thing originated in early childhood, and may even have a genetic component. All my relatives are overweight, except for 2 cousins who "starve"themselves. My mother, my grandmother,etc.. Family gatherings were always centered around incredible amounts of food,most of which consisted of refined carbs, white flour, potatoes, with small amounts of meat. This was the "era" I grew up in- my mom never knew how to make a healthy meal. Desserts were a "given" at every meal, but it was never, ever fresh fruit. Today, as I reflect back to my childhood, I have to remember I can leave that part behind me,and find the "spark" to healthy living and healthy eating. I'm not trying anymore, I'm doing it.
    3347 days ago
    One thing that helped me was I bought a kid-sized plate...like 7inches in diameter. And then I would take the advice from the bikini diet and imagine a bikini on the plate (whether or not you plan on wearing one, it gives you the visual of portions). The first cup is your meat, the second cup is your starch/fat and the bottoms are your veggies. It may not sound like a lot but for me, that little 7in plate gets piled high will veggies because its so small and to my brain it must be saying "Man she's eating alot" and all my hunger pangs go away. But you can do this girl!! Good luck.!!
    4233 days ago
    I'm shrugging with the same things in portion control. It's so frustrating. I like the suggestions so far. I have to learn to eat slower and step away from all food when I am really hungry. Not a good week for me in this area.
    4233 days ago
    I'm far from trained...just ask my wife...but I will second what MiniMoe1 say...go with less calorie dense food. You mention cheese...yikes, I love it, too, but you're right about the portion size! On the flip side, we grill veggies almost every night, and we end up with a plate full and low calories. Asparagus, mushrooms, peppers, snow peas, onions (my favorite!), summer squash in a little olive oil, mustard, lite soy (or balsamic), pepper, & dash of tabasco (for me) marinade. We usually accompany with grilled chicken, or fish...that's another marinade based in Rose's lime juice. For example, my dinner, last night, was under 450 cals, and I ate a ton (remember, I'm a 210lb...and dropping...guy): 3.5oz tilapia, 1.67C green beans, 1+C brown rice, .5C summer squash, 0.5C onion, .33C snow peas, .25C asparagus. Trust me, that would fill any plate! :) I hope I didn't go on too long...just wanted share what seems to work in our world. Continued success to you!!
    4235 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/19/2009 8:01:40 AM
    I'm the same way and it makes me cranky when I look at the little portions.

    If you figure a way to get yourself in "cruise control" please let me know.

    4235 days ago
    Retraining your mind has got to be the hardest part of losing weight & getting healthy. Sometimes I wonder if we ever will be able to "cruise" as far as food is concerned.
    As for the itty bitty portions, try tricking your mind with smaller plates, high volume, low cal foods like salad and rice puff cereal, for example.
    4236 days ago
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