Eating fills you not only with food but also with fun. Satisfaction through food cannot be compared. It can relieve stress and make you feel better. It can cheer you up when you are feeling down. Indeed, there’s so much joy in eating good food, however, you have to be mindful and careful. Everything has to be balanced.
For your food intake, you should know how to hold back and discipline yourself. While you should not lack food and should not eat less than what’s needed, you should not be overeating, especially with unhealthy food.
To help you, here is a list of 5 subtle but sure ways to control the amount of food you eat.
1 – Use small plates.
The bigger the bag, the more stuff you can put in it. The bigger the container, the more things you can contain in it. Intentionally and unintentionally, you will be able to store anything and probably everything you want to, even without control.
The same thing goes with the amount of food you eat. The bigger the plate, the more food it can carry, and the more you can eat, even without control.
Big plates usually urge you to put a lot of food in because it has a big space that can accommodate a big amount of food. They automatically give your senses an impulse that you have to fill every space of the plate, sometimes regardless of what you actually think you can eat.
To watch the servings of your meals, use small plates. Use just the right size. That prevents you from overeating. You can just go back and get more if you want more. A plate that’s sized small or just right might make you realize that you got more food that you imagined. You thought it was a small portion, but when you started eating, you got full quickly. If that’s a bigger plate, then you would have not finished everything on it.
2 – Avoid keeping junk food in stock at home.
Most people naturally store varieties of food and snacks at home for the random cravings, hunger and boredom which only some specific food can satisfy. You have a separate box or cabinet for these cookies, biscuits, chips, crackers and more. That’s fine because you will not always need to go outside the house to buy simple snacks when you are hungry.
But as much as possible, avoid keeping junk food in stock at home. If you have a lot of them in your closets, always, you will most likely be craving for them, and you will most likely be tempted to eat them more frequently than not. Just store a bit, and have self-control when you have them. Do not make eating junk food a daily habit. That’s bad for your health!
3 – Think twice before responding to all your cravings.
When you are craving for a certain food, say pizzas or ice cream, your tummy and your taste buds do not stop until they get what they want. It’s alright. It’s normal, yet also be mindful, especially when you often crave for food that is not very healthful. Think twice before responding to all your cravings. Sometimes, let them go if you know they are not so nutritious, particularly when taken frequently, and if you are aware that you just ate them recently.
If you keep satisfying your cravings, you will not be able to have good control over the amount of food you eat, and your wallet will lose nourishment as well.
4 – Plan your meals and snacks ahead.
The more prepared your meals are, the lesser the chances for you to eat beyond what’s good for you. Plan your meals and snacks ahead. Plan them smartly, with your health’s sake in mind. With the right amount of food plotted, you can cook only what’s needed and maybe a little over it but not overly too much. You will not overeat, and you will avoid letting food spoil.
If you are planning to bake, plan your cake flour, yeast, flavorings and more ahead, so you will not bake more sweets and confections than planned! You can avoid too much calories!
5 – Drink water.
Liquids make the tummy feel full fast. If you want to reduce the amount of food you eat, regardless of whether you are just eating at home or at a buffet restaurant, drink water often. Drink more water. Of course, do not overdo it to the point of making yourself feel sick. Just balance everything, and you’ll be fine!
When you eat beyond what you need and what your body can carry, especially talking about food that is deficient in nutrients, that’s not good. You will develop poor eating habits that can lead to sickness and ruined lifestyle. Look good, and feel good. Eat right, and eat healthy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Mauri Baking Supplies Australia, a chief supplier of bakery ingredient solutions all over New Zealand and Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.