Staying Healthy With Portion Control
We all know that a healthy outside starts from the inside, but how can we reach it? Along with eating low fat, low cal foods, the essence of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is portion control. Not only is being healthy good for your body, it’s also good for your mental wellbeing. That’s why we’re going to help you choose a meal plan that you can follow throughout the day and which includes a balance of protein, veggies, smart carbs and healthy fats. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just looking to regulate your meals, here’s how to do it.
Divide your plate
Draw an imaginary line down the center of your plate. Then divide one of the sections in half. You should now have 3 sections on your plate—one large (half the plate) and 2 small (one quarter of the plate each).
Fruits and vegetables
Fill the largest section with fruits and vegetables. There are plenty of veggies that go with almost every dish, such as spinach, lettuce, mushrooms, green asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, kale, and rocket leaves. For fruits, it’s best to choose the pick of the season. Not only are fruits and vegetables full of all the goodness your body needs (vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants), they’re also an important source of water.
Starches and grains
In one of the small sections, add some grains and starchy foods. So for example, fill a third of your lunch with beans (white, red kidney), corn, pasta, potatoes, rice, bulgur, or quinoa. For breakfast, you can have wholegrain bread or oatmeals.
In the other small section, add your protein. Chicken, eggs, low-fat cheese, salmon, tuna, turkey, or meat, take your pick, but don’t overeat. Needless to say, steer clear of fried foods, so instead of having breaded chicken strips for lunch, go for a braised chicken dish with pomegranate molasses for added flavor.
Don’t forget your water
When you first wake up, have a large glass of water. This will not only help you be energized, but it will also reduce your appetite so you don’t overeat. So to feel full faster, have a glass of water about half an hour before each meal.
Eating healthy will make you happy. Remember, it’s not a short-term goal but rather a long-term lifestyle change. Our advice is, experiment with new foods, and keep your plate full of color, texture and flavor. Remember, variety is the spice of life!