Have you ever looked at a nutrition label and thought, I can eat this it’s only 120 calories, only to look back later to see that it’s for 6 pieces and you’ve now eaten at least 12 pieces? Let me be the first to admit I have! Once I started to pay closer attention to nutrition labels (especially sugars, carbs, and protein) I knew that it was going to be important to plan ahead by creating a food journal and on most weeks a menu for snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m not the best at preparing everything and packaging it for the entire week but am more successful preparing the night before or the morning of if necessary. It becomes easier the more familiar you are with the nutritional information about your go to favorites each week.
Meal planning, using pre-measured jars or containers, and actually counting out a serving and putting it in a baggy takes a little time but goes a long way in preventing eating more than you need or want. It’s so nice to have healthy snacks right at your fingertips and it helps with continuing to eat out of boredom or stress. The easiest way for me not to “cheat” is to plan, prepare, and bring my own food for the day. Fruit is especially helpful for me as I have a severe sweet tooth and if I don’t have a healthy alternative, you’ll likely see me going to the office where there are a treasure of sweets ready to be picked up by the handful to inhale on the way back to my classroom. Chocolate, candy corn, and conversation hearts are especially dangerous for me, haha!
It is also helpful to pack your own dressing when going out to eat (Walden Farms- 0 calories is a life saver!). One time when you’re at a restaurant, Google the nutritional information on the salad dressing for the restaurant.
There are so many options available to help with portioning food. I’ve seen several on Zulily that looked great and were being sold for a great price. Mason jars, measuring cups, and ziplock bags work great too!
If you’ve found a way to help organize and portion your meals and snacks I’d love to hear what has worked for you as I’m sure other readers would as well! Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page or email me through the contact page!
Keeping it Short & Sweet,