by Skinny Ms.
One thing Skinny Ms. knows is that people are very passionate about the foods they eat. They have very strong opinions about what is healthy, what is not, and definitely about what constitutes a normal portion size.
So to clarify our stance on this subject, we felt it would be beneficial to everyone involved if we put into writing what our point of view is on this topic.
If you’re serving yourself a restaurant sized portion of food at every meal, there is just no way you will ever maintain any type of normal body weight. It’s just too much food!
As a general rule of thumb, portion sizes are approximately as follows:
- Whole grains, whole grain pastas and single servings of fruit – 1 cupped hand
- Veggies – 2 cupped hands held together
- Meat/proteins – the size of your flat palm
It’s easy to say that you should serve yourself a “tennis ball-sized” portion of something. But in our experience, that tennis ball in our minds tends to change size according to the level of our hunger. So looking at your hand will keep things approximately correct if you are ever in doubt.
The truth is, we can and should consider a 1/2 cup of many foods, more than adequate. Especially when paired with other foods on our plate to create a balanced meal.
We avoid all processed foods and we eat 4-6 small meals per day. There’s just nothing like small, frequent meals to keep your metabolism revved!
But one thing that is just as important as the quality of your food, is the balance on your plate. You might only eat 300 calories at one meal and do that frequently throughout the day. But if most of those calories are coming from pasta or bread (carbs), your body will not work as efficiently as it should.
You also need:
- Protein to help balance your blood sugar levels and to slow down the digestion of those carbs. Even if they are whole grain.
- Healthy fats in moderation to keep your system moving smoothly.
- Plenty of veggies (shoot for 2 cups per meal, and eat them first!) for fiber and vital nutrients.
- Fruits for more fiber and that little bit of sweetness that we all need in our daily (yes, daily) lives.
Now, we’re not saying that all of this is simple, or that if you choose to try it, it will come easily. Moderation is tough, especially in a society that offers those gargantuan sized restaurant entrees mentioned in the beginning. It can take a little time (and balancing of your meals) to get used to a 1/2 cup portion size of pasta. But truly, honestly, you don’t need more than that. Especially when your plate also includes (for example) 2 cups of broccoli and 4 oz. of grilled chicken breast.
The truth is, if you tried to survive on a 1/2 cup of pasta alone, it would not take you very far at all. But Skinny Ms. is all about balance and proper nutrition. To get proper nutrition, you need to eat a variety of foods. The best way to do that, is to eat small, varied and balanced meals.
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