Hi Friends! How is your Wednesday going? Mine is moving quickly that’s for sure, I only have a few minutes before I’m back at it! Today started off with a kind of odd breakfast but I liked it! I sliced a half a banana in a Vanilla Chobani Naturals Greek Yogurt and topped it with a bit of almond butter. I actually really liked it and would put way more in it next time!
That wasn’t that substantial though so I was still hungry, I ate the rest of the banana and more almond butter. Much better! Like I said I’d totally make one breakfast out of this by combining the whole banana yogurt and almond butter into one.
The morning passed by quickly with tons of work and little time. I couldn’t wait to dig into my Mexican Food leftovers from last night’s Goodbye Dinner at Serrano’s (which is also where we had our rehearsal dinner). I actually had two pieces of chicken left, beans and rice. I could have eaten all that but instead I made a salad with it. I left the beans at home and used the rice and one piece of chicken to make the salad, I added some salsa for dressing. It was DELICIOUS!
Have you ever heard someone say something to the effect of ” (insert name) can EAT”. You know, like for instance, one time I was sad Mr. Hungry wouldn’t be having dinner with the family because he ate so late at work and someone said “don’t worry, he can eat.” I’ve heard people say that a lot recently and I’ve been thinking about that saying equally as much. Yes, everyone CAN EAT beyond their needs, if we couldn’t then there wouldn’t be any obesity right? My question is, but do we need to? Our culture values thin people who can eat a lot, as a Dietitian, I can tell you that person is extremely rare.
Yes I totally could have polished off my entire Mexican Food platter last night with little problem. I could have eaten all the leftovers today too. I used to feel like I had to eat as much as possible because I deprived myself of unhealthy high calorie food 99% of the time, so allowing myself to have it meant over indulging instead of just enjoying it. (I’ve written posts on intuitive eating here, here, and here if you’re interested.) Now I chose to eat until I’m no longer hungry anymore, but not full. Sometimes I get hungry again in a couple of hours or sometimes it takes quite a bit longer, it depends on the day. I’m definitely not perfect, ore even close, each meal is an opportunity to learn what my body really needs to look and feel it’s best. Sometimes I still go overboard, but I get right back into it by scaling it back a bit and paying close attention.
This morning I decided to split my leftovers into a smaller portion and add some salad. Now I get more for dinner if I want, or for lunch tomorrow. So I guess that’s how I practice portion control without counting calories, stressing out, or deprivation.
Wish me luck at round 2 of Physical Therapy for my angry Pirformis tonight!
How do you practice portion control?
What’s your favorite way to use leftovers or your favorite thing to have leftovers of?
Anything cheesy is a win for leftovers right?!?!?!
Have you ever been to Physical Therapy, did it help?