Here are some questions for you to ponder:
How many portions are actually in a bag of snack-sized anything you purchase to eat?
How many portions are in a small bottle of locally pressed juice you want to drink because it’s a healthier alternative?
What about those granola bar packages you enjoy snacking on?
This may shock you, but the serving size in these types of items isn’t just “one.” Many times, the above products and those similar to them contain two or two-and-a-half servings per package. Shock, I know!
Can YOU Eat Just One Serving?
Enjoying half the bag would be the optimum choice, but are you really going to do that?
Not to worry if your answer is no. When food is placed in front of most people, they tend to eat it all due to the way we are wired.
The Dangers of Supersizing
Did you know that one of the perils of eating too much food at one time is it’s hard on your body? Here’s why:
- Food is meant to be spread out over the course of the day. Overdosing on too much food at one time causes pain, upset, and a sluggish digestion.
- A surge of glucose is released into your blood. Your pancreas has to work overtime, pumping insulin through the body to absorb all that extra glucose. This can make you feel spacey, weak, irritable, or headachy.
- Thinking there is some type of emergency, your adrenal glands go into “fight or flight” mode and release adrenaline and cortisol, which is the body’s natural response to stress.
- When your blood sugar levels finally plummet, you experience wicked cravings for more food — specifically simple carbs or sweets.
- Research has found that immune system function is affected for at least five hours after consuming large amounts of simple carbohydrates.
5 Tips to Kick Portion Distortion
- Don’t over order – go for salads, soups, and appetizers, which are typically more reasonably sized than entrees.
- Choose high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains to keep you feeling full and energized.
- Chew well to aid digestion and give your brain time to register you’re full before you overeat.
- Get enough water. Often we mistake thirst for hunger.
- Carry your own snacks. Stock up on snack-size containers and fill them with raw veggies like baby carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, or mushrooms with a side of hummus. Nuts always make a good snack as well.
GET EVEN HEALTHIER!
Are you curious about how easy-to-make changes (such as chewing your food more thoroughly) can make a big difference in your health? Would you like help in making healthier food choices? Let’s talk! Schedule a Discovery Call with me today – or pass this on to someone you care about!