If you can nail down a portion control habit mixed with everything in moderation, I guarantee you can combat that awful bloat and/or nasty, creeping weight gain while still staying sane and happy.
Part of this is simply meal spacing, but the other part is knowing how much to eat during those meals.
Portion Control Habit
When I think of portion control, I also think of everything in moderation. The two are not the same, but when I learned to correlate them, I began to have more success.
Here are my definitions I run off of….
Portion Control: Measuring food and/or beverage to ensure I am truly only eating a serving (not 3+) like I could easily do.
Everything in Moderation: Having and enjoying everything and anything (sans-gluten of course) I want without an accompanying guilt, but in truly modest amounts.
So how do I do this?
Portion control is very straightforward for me. I do measure nearly everything with traditional measuring cups. I have never gotten into food scales. I probably never will. You can also purchase creative measuring cups to make it more fun. I have several!
Everything in moderation is a little more tricky. For me, it’s not even so much about cake and cookies. For me, it’s even many fruits and vegetables, nuts and other tough-to-digest foods. But lately, even those foods I try here and there. For example, last night I made steamed Brussel sprouts with olive oil and lemon. Rather than eating 1+ cups like before, I maybe only had 1/2 cup, and then I felt fine.
And why do I do this? I do this to ensure that I never have to worry about what I eat. I do this so that I can enjoy food, without back end worry, and I do this so that I am in control of me, my health and how I feel each day.
It’s not about weight (it might be for you, and that’s okay), but instead about making my gut thrive and feeling the best I can each and every single day.