My older brother, Chris, just moved back to the North East after spending years in California; where he worked his way through many areas of the fitness world. I can’t even begin to list his accomplishments, and lucky for anyone in the Saratoga and Upstate New York area, he recently opened a fitness center called Evolution Strength and Performance, where you can go swing some kettlebells, get some nutrition advice, and more.
I am just beginning a nutrition program with him for my biggest, bad habit; portion control. After taking a simple survey, Chris provided me with a guide for portion control that I carry with me every day; that guide would be my hand.
Handiness at its Finest
As you can see, the suggested portions kind of seem ridiculously small compared to what we expect when we eat out at a restaurant (you’re sure this is a side salad?).
Being a sinner of gluttony, I am constantly trying to tell myself I don’t need another slice of pizza, or I don’t need another bagel, or I don’t need more cookies; I binge, and binge, and binge. Rest assured, this advice woke me up.
Putting the Guide to the Test
The first thing I made following the guide was a yogurt bowl. I felt so satisfied after my portioned meal; it was just so, enough.
After following my portion control guide for a few days, I started to feel like I had more energy. My brother explained that eating just the right amounts helps your body work just as much as it needs to; talk about efficiency.
Endless Possibilities with Meal Prep and Portion Control
At first, the thought of putting time aside to plan what I’m going to eat the next day seemed kind of impossible, but after spending the past week playing around with some food prep, (I’ve got glass tupperware on my Christmas list ), I can’t believe the time I gained.
I decided to start maintaining a supply of prepared items based on the categories I need to consume every day; protein, carbs, veggies, fruit, and fats.
I am trying to avoid meat, so I’ve been loading up on beans and yogurt and eggs and tofu. I do hope to cut dairy products out eventually, but I learned that if I don’t move step by step, I’ll fall out of sync.
Over the summer, I ate a lot of meals raw, but with it being so cold, I can’t resist some good ol’ comfort food; like gluten free pasta smothered in Poblano Farm sauce.