Thou Shall Not Glut Thy Grub
Imagine a diet that permits gleeful consumption of fried cheese curds, creamy hazelnut gelato, and thick Belgian ales. You can and should eat foods that bring a surge of childish joy—all you have to do is consume them in the right quantities. Proper portion control saves money and time, improves digestion, and helps reach or maintain a healthy weight for all body types. It’s a simple theory that’s difficult to execute, especially if you’re a devoted foodie, but you can do it! Follow these five steps to finally conquer portion control today.
Step 1: Plan Ahead
Try to maintain a semi-regular schedule with at least three full meals throughout your day. This will keep your blood sugar steady and will prevent your hunger from creating an unstoppable all-consuming monster. If you find yourself hungry outside of this schedule, adjust it to include healthy snacks, such as an ounce of cheddar and a crisp apple. This is what a healthy serving of cheese looks like.
Step 2: Eat Protein and Fat
Foods rich in protein and fat are especially satiating. Healthy sources, like avocados, nuts, legumes, and, of course, cheese, will make your meals both satisfying and delicious. Eat meat too, but sparingly. Make it a flavorful accent, surrounded by a bounty of vegetation.
Step 3: Balance with Healthy Carbs.
Despite this ludicrous “carbs are evil” trend, whole grains are good for our bodies and our planet, so eat them! Accent your fats and proteins with one serving of carbohydrates and plenty of vegetables, to incorporate plenty of fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Step 4: Portion Before You Begin to Eat.
Learn to put the appropriate amount of food on your plate to leave you satiated but not overstuffed, and eat only that. Avoid mindless snacking from a large container, because it’s hard to tell how much you’ve actually eaten. If you don’t know what a proper portion looks like, consult this guide from Food Network.
Step 5: Just Walk Away.
In German culture they say “tie off the sack before it’s full.” Your stomach is slow to tell your mind when it’s properly satiated, so stop eating before you reach a food coma. After you’ve finished an appropriate portion, walk away and do something else that is personally gratifying and even ceremonious to signify the end of your meal. I like to make a ritual of saving room in my meal for a portion of cheese as a ceremonious send off from the dinner table. After my main meal, I’ll cut myself an ounce of whatever is ripe in m cheese cabinet, pair it with a teaspoon of honey and savor every bit of it. It’s a healthy and satisfying way to end a meal. Then, you walk away, only to return upon the next scheduled meal time.