Hola amigos. Today’s a fun one..
or rather a not-so-fun harsh reality check. We’ve gotta talk about portion control! The unfortunate thing about eating clean is that there’s definitely such thing as “too much of a good thing”. I know, BUMMER.
So you know that avocados provide the good cholesterol and are healthy fats, but do you realize that at the very most you should be having 1/2-3/4 of an avocado a day? We rationalize all that guacamole we had before dinner last night, but that guac is most likely loaded with salt as well.
We think – wait – I can have starches with dinner? YES. But if half your plate is loaded with rice or potatoes, you’ve just killed it sista. Starch should only take up about 1/4 of your plate, with another 1/4 dedicated to protein and a full HALF of your plate loaded up with vegetables. Portion control is tough, because we’re forced to change habits. I feel like I always used to attack my starch and protein first (sneaky move), and then by the time I got to my veggies it was like “wooops, I’m full! Gosh darn.” Now I eat the veggies first with the protein, and then if I have room try to get down the starch.
Check out this picture I took about a year 1/2 ago…When we were just thinking about starting the blog.
Are you cracking up? Because I am. Look at that rice. And the measly little area of spinach. Riiidiculous. I am such a sucker for Uncle Ben’s 90 second Microwavable Long Grain Wild rice, that’s what’s happening right there. I’m pretty sure it’s the whole bag.
To help us all, I found the greatest portion control guide on WebMD – they’ve got a diagram that gives you easy-to-follow examples. For instance: 1 Cup = 1 baseball, 3oz Fish = 1 checkbook, 1 tbsp = 1 poker chip. I recommend you print this out and get to know it well!
I think we all need to know that our slice of cake should only be the size of a deck of cards!
Enjoy your day.