Portion control

Portion control is a big part of our daily menu. How do we know how much a serving size is? The nutrition label on the package will tell you how many servings are in the package as well as how much a serving size is.

Some of the foods that are over consumed at meals are spaghetti, rice, potatoes and bread. Those are just a few. One serving of spaghetti noodles in the dry form is the same diameter as a nickel. Most people eat about 5 to 7 times that amount when having dinner.

One serving of cooked rice is one full ice cream scoop. Most of us consume about 3 to 4 times that amount.

One small potato is considered a serving. When we eat baked potatoes we usually get the large ones which can be about 3 times the serving size.

When it comes to bread reading the label is really important. Not all breads are made the same. Some loafs of bread are made so that one slice of bread is a serving size where others are made and you get two slices per serving. When going out for dinner be careful not to fill up on the bread.  You may even ask them not to bring it to the table.

When a food is healthy it doesn't mean you can binge on it. Over consumption of a healthy food still gives you excess calories. When eating your meals over the next few days watch your portion control.

Start with breakfast tomorrow and watch how much you are really eating over the course of the day. Portion control is a great way to help keep those extra holiday calories under control.