“How do you do it”?
“How do you have the self-control”?
These are questions I get asked all the time about not just being plant based, but portion control and staying fit. These are not easy questions to answer. We are all different and what works for me may not work for you. I can however, provide you with some habits that I formed in my teens. During my senior year in high school, I lost fifteen pounds and have kept it off using portion control and running. This post is about eating, I will talk about fitness in my next post.
Eating a meal should be only that. Just eat, don’t do anything else. Don’t multi-task. Look at your plate and pay attention to your food. Enjoy the taste and get the satisfaction and nourishment that it provides.
Eat sitting down. When you are eating anything, a meal or even a snack or having a drink, sit down. Don’t stand when you are eating or drinking. Take the time to look at what you are eating and drinking.
When you are still craving more of what you just ate, change the taste. For example, when I am craving more potato chips and I have already eaten two servings, I wait. I drink some water, then eat something with a completely opposite taste like cherries, or vegan yogurt or sorbet. I forget the taste of the salty, fatty chips because I have tasted something else.
Portion out your food. I know this piece of advice gets such a bad rap and a bad reaction from people. There is absolutely nothing wrong with measuring or weighing out serving sizes. Eating snacks like chips out of a bag usually means overeating because of their small serving size. Serving sizes for potato chips are usually around 150 calories for 28 grams or around 14 chips. I usually lose count after 4. I have an inexpensive food scale and measuring cups/spoons.
Eat your meals on smaller plates. I have both 10 and 8 inch plates. But I always use the 8 inch plates. This optical illusion works by tricking my mind into thinking my plate has runneth over.
Not having bags of readily available junk food forces me to make my own snacks. If I am feeling too lazy to cook, I end up eating a fruit or doing something else besides eating. See below for an easy yet healthy smoothie bowl.
I am not perfect by any means. We all have good days and bad days. But starting with a health eating goal in mind everyday is really important. Do your best and try to stick with your eating goals everyday. It will pay off eventually. Good eating habits and physical fitness can help with weight loss and improve health. It won’t happen overnight, it takes time and patience to change behavior and break lifelong habits. Next post is all about moving!
Easy Smoothie Bowl
There are thousands of great smoothie bowl recipes. This one is easy, lower in calories and high in protein. I did not have any of my favorite berries to add when the above picture was taken, but feel free to top with blueberries or strawberries.
1 container Silk soy yogurt (or your favorite low fat yogurt)
4 T Trader Joe’s Chocolate Hemp Powder
1 T unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Around 8 Pistachios (mostly crushed or whole if you prefer)
In a bowl, mix yogurt and hemp powder together. Top with coconut, pistachios and fruit. Enjoy!
Using the nutrition labels provided on all the ingredients, I calculated this smoothie bowl at approximately 310 calories with 15 g of protein.