foodie friday: how to defeat portion distortion

15 Jan

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eating out in modern day america can really screw with your senses… know this: no matter what your mama said, you don’t ever have to [and you probably shouldn’t] clean your damn plate.  that coupled with a tendency to repeat the gargantuan portions can, and will, exponentially increase your waist line.  here are a few things you can do to maintain and improve your physique and beat the perenial american glut.

better ingredients. if you need to eat while out, choose food places that use better ingredients. better yet, cook more often.  [i know for some of you this means cooking at all!  it’s cool.  all is forgiven.]  when you cook, do your best to use the highest quality ingredients you can afford.  yes, it will likely cost more (pay now or pay later… and don’t you deservite), it’ll be more nourishing, AND it will likely taste better.  because high quality foods nourish better, you eat less and what you eat satisfies you for longer.

more fresh vegetables. lots of them.  even if there are already leftover greens or sweet potatoes, don’t stop there!  prepare another vegetable and add that to your plate too.  and by eating more raw veggies (my favorite raw treat: dino kale and grapes), you’ll get a leg up on seasonal cleansing.  remember: clear bowel, clear mind!

snack all day. no, not on those dusty-ass peppermint candies, and definitely not on those seasonally appropriate colored candy covered chocolate pieces.  eating very small snack-like meals every 2-3 hours and a similarly sized dinner can boost your metabolism: the rate at which your body is able to use food as fuel.

watch your attitude. do not justify nonsense.   clear red flags:  you say something like “f*ck it” or “i don’t care” or “i’m gonna eat it anyway” before the first bite; you maintain a defiant determination from the first through the last bite.  if you do any of that, you’ve just ruined any enjoyment you could have had from eating.  quit trying to get back at your mom through a piece of cake.

use your good sense. no one in a white lab coat has to tell you this: you know that feasting daily isn’t a good idea.  you ALWAYS intuitively know what is going to make you feel better or feel worse after eating it.  this is true whether you consider this physically or emotionally.  do better for yourself and in the process, you’ll set an example for others.

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4 Responses to “foodie friday: how to defeat portion distortion”

  1. devessel November 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    all i can say is: preach.

    oh. and thank you. i shall be sharing your words among the less wise next week!

  2. Kacy Paide January 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    This really is news to some people. WoW. So many nice soundbites in this. Well done. I think of you every time I see (or eat) a piece of kale.

  3. Geeta January 27, 2010 at 1:08 am #

    “Quit trying to get back at your mom through a piece of cake.”

    Well done!

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