Curb Calories Without Ditching Your Favorite Foods

Most weight management plans require that you relinquish all the foods you’ve ever loved.  Is that really going to work?  How many of you would adhere to your plan if it weren’t so darned restrictive?  Well, I have a hack in my grocery sack that may be a game changer.  Raise your hand if you’d like to cut back on calories and honor your wellness goals without giving up all your favorite foods.

My solution is so basic, so easily sustainable that it may not seem like a hack at all.  It’s portion control, sweet sisters.  That’s it!  Are we done here? Not quite…

Let’s set this up...
You have a handle on things, right?  Your plate consists mainly of plant-based selections.  You’re drinking of plenty water.  And you’ve cut back on processed foods.  But when it comes to the not-so-good-for-you carbs, you tend to lose your head.  I know—I’ve been there on many occasions.  I love my carbs just as much as you do. Those irresistible treats come looking for me when I don’t even have my sign out.

So what can you do?  You practice portion control and favor healthier ingredients.  For example, if you like breads slathered in creamy spreads, choose a more nutritious version that will satisfy your cravings.  A densely packed whole-grain nut and seed loaf topped with a little coconut butter or olive oil will put a smile on your face and make you hum to the last crumb.  But allow yourself one slice.  Your choice supports your wellness plan, and your portion size defines your waistline.  In this way, you haven’t deprived yourself of what you love, but you’ve made a conscious choice to honor your lifestyle goals.  It’s all about mindfulness and intention.  

Another thing—consider using smaller plates and reduced portions of other starchy foods like potatoes and pasta.  And adhere to the packaging label for individual serving sizes.  What we think are healthy portions don’t always match what the actual serving size is. Our portions are generally bigger!  You’re not giving up—you’re cutting down.

Now, I had to give up.  I have many food allergies—egg, dairy and wheat flour to name a few—all the ingredients required for traditional baking. But for the last fourteen years, I’ve created my own yummy recipes using alternative ingredients that have my friends raving over my inventive culinary skills.  My desserts, made with healthful ingredients and zero white table sugar, are craving crushers.  But that doesn’t mean I’m free to devour in one hour, the whole thing.  I still have to be mindful of portion control.  But the good news is, I’m able to satisfy my sweet tooth in a more responsible way.  Sign up for my newsletter and be the first to know when a new recipe is published.

Consider This
Portion control is not entirely about weight loss.  Studies have shown that eating less can reduce inflammation, improve digestion, help control blood sugar, and promote longevity.  Eating smaller portions will also make you feel light, energetic, and ready to accomplish daily tasks.

Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Set a loving intention to control the amount of food you consume.
• Begin by being mindful of smart food choices and reducing your intake of starchy selections, while still enjoying your favorite items.
• How will reducing your portions help you feel more energetic throughout the day and support your wellness goals?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.

Need help curbing calories?

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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,

T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Motivational Speaker
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Lifestyle120.com

When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.

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