Eat. Live. Be. #9: Portion Control

by Cate on February 28, 2011

ELB logo - largeI am going to preface today’s post by saying I am likely to be zero help with this week’s Eat. Live. Be. topic: Portion control. Why? Because with the type of eating that I do (clean eating), there is no measuring, counting or weighing really. As long as you’re eating the right foods, you can have as much as you want. It’s one of the many reasons why it’s worked so well for me and why I love it so much.  It takes all the guesswork and heck, just plain work, out of it and makes the whole approach very simple.

What do I mean by “the right food?”  All natural.  God made.  Food in its purest sense of the word.  Vegetables, fruit, protein, some carbs.  For the most part, nothing processed, man-made or from a factory somewhere in middle America.  If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, chances are, I’m not eating it.  Except in the rare jelly bean case of course.  This girl has to have SOME indulgences.  But as long as you’re sticking to REAL food, there is no portion reminder.  Spinach, asparagus, shrimp, tilapia, oranges, bananas, nuts, eggs, the list is endless.  You get the idea, I’m sure.

Of course I bend the rules a bit.  I’m not kidding about the jelly beans.  They’re on my desk as I type now, and I’m picking out the red, white, purple and pink ones before I send them along to my Mom.  Ok, Madeline likes purple too, so I’m trying to share.  But the way I eat probably encompasses about 90% of my choices.  I reserve the extra 10% for the occasional indulgence.

There is a quote in Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food that sums up clean eating beautifully:

When you’re cooking with food as alive as this – these gorgeous and semi-gorgeous fruits and leaves and flesh – you’re in no danger of mistaking it for a commodity, or a fuel, or a collection of chemical nutrients … The cook in the kitchen preparing a meal from plants and animals at the end of this shortest of food chains has a great many things to worry about, but “health” is simply not one of them, because it is a given.

For more tips and tricks when it comes to portion control, check out my fellow ELBers at the below links:

Before I forget, Nermeen asked in last weeks’ ELB post about the Salad Fixins’ I had a picture of … I got that at Costco.  I think it was $7-8 for the bag.  It’s made by Aurora Products.

Tomorrow?  I’ll be sharing some details about the divine Carnitas Salad we had for dinner last night.  Clean eating, guilt-free and super simple to make.

Project 365
February 28, 2011, Photo #58 and a bonus

One of Those DaysSome days I think she can pull off just about anything.  Today is not one of those days.  Finally woke the sleeping beauty up at 8:20 am and we had to leave the house by 8:30.  She didn’t want to get dressed.  Wanted to wear her “jamas,” with her red and green Hello Kitty socks.  And the light up Sketchers apparently made the outfit complete.  Just wasn’t worth the battle.  I figure we have another year that she can maybe get away with complete 100% free rein.

R is for RobotWhat I did this weekend at my Dad’s place. R is for Robot. xoxo Madeline

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Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) February 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Oh, this is SO true, and my philosophy is similar. And I’m a big fan of Michael Pollan’s book. It’s full of gems.

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Jen February 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I agree – no measuring or portion control needed when you eat the right foods!

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Joanne March 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

Michael Pollan said it best. Real food means no restrictions. No one ever got fat from eating too much broccoli, that’s for sure.

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Patsy March 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

You are really so right about the clean eating. I think by eating natural, God-made foods that we tend to feel more satisfied and less likely to indulge. I am working on eating more cleanly – bit by bit.

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Ramona March 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

I like the no measuring concept.

LOL….it looks like a crayon box exploded on her.

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Sarah Caron March 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

You know, I understand your point totally and don’t think that veggies or fruits should be limited at all. But protein? There can be too much of a good thing if you overeat that. Portion control doesn’t have to be measuring everything … sometimes it’s choosing moderation.

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Sarah Caron March 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

P.S. Welcome back!!

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