09/01/09
Amy
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(Healthy Living) Half Portions


Food is wonderful and eating is fun by design. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 says, “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil – this is the gift of God.” So whatever diet or health kick you are on, make sure that you still allow yourself to enjoy eating.

Sometimes we know that we need to make health adjustments in our life, though, and it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Whether it is through grease engorgement or a carrots and cauliflower diet, you don’t want food to become a curse in your life. Sometimes we simply need a reset button. Try this.

Whatever it is that you are eating, begin with a half portion. Half of the piece of chicken, half the pasta, half the hamburger, half the cereal, or half the dessert. That doesn’t mean you have to end there, it just means to start there. This has multiple advantages.

1. Having less food on your plate causes you to eat slower. This gives your body to determine whether or not it really is still hungry.

2. You are more likely to savor what you are eating.

3. It causes you to pause and evaluate before getting a second helping.

4. It gives you an opportunity to reevaluate how much food you need to become full. It is a reset button, if you will.

This strategy just helps you to be more intentional about what you eat while simultaneously reteaching you to listen to your body.

*Tip: When you are eating out, request a to-go box at the beginning of the meal. Transfer half of your meal into the box before you begin to eat. This removes the temptation to stuff yourself on restaurant’s over-sized portions, while also giving you a lunch for the next day!

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