It’s early for me to post my lunch, but seeing as my work computer is currently engaged in anti-virus activity (I have the Vundo virus… I feel so dirty), I figured I might as well post!

 

Lunch was very delicious.  I’m glad I’ve rediscovered veggie burgers — so quick and so easy (I buy the MorningStar brand).

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Although you can’t really tell from the ‘front’ of the wrap…

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there’s a veggie burger inside!

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+ cheese and spinach.

 

Portion Control for the Real World

 

After posting about my new obsession with crushing a granola bar up in my yogurt, I thought I’d start sharing my other Portion Control for the Real World tips.  My biggest struggle on my weight loss journey was understanding portion control.  I thought portion control was only an issue if you were eating a burger, shake, and fries.  But, after a while I realized that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, and I needed to pay attention to all my portions.

 

My Portion Control for the Real World tips don’t involve a scale…  I don’t know about you, but weighing food every time I want to eat something seems like a total chore.

 

So, here is my trick for portion controlling cheese, one of my FAVORITE foods:

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I buy blocks of cheese because it’s way cheaper than buying slices.  But, it’s really easy to overdo it on the cheese blocks.  Whenever I open a new block, I measure the length of the block and divide that by the number of servings.

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This block of cheese was 5.5 inches long and contains 8 servings.  Using a permanent marker, I mark off 0.70-inch increments on the wrapper.  Whenever I want a serving, I simply cut through the plastic wrap along the designated mark. Tada! 

 

Now, that is portion control I can live with!

 

Sweetwater Paddle for the Cure Race

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For those of you in the Central Florida area, Healthy Ashley passed this race info on to me and I thought you might be interested:

 

On Saturday April 25, 2009 set against the skyline of beautiful downtown Tampa, will be a kayak and paddle craft race and family fun paddle to raise money for cancer research.  Launching from scenic Riverfront Park in downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River there will be two events, a 5.0 mile race and a 2.0 mile race.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.   For more info, check out the race website.

{ 35 comments }

 

  • Bec April 8, 2009, 9:04 am

    That wrap looks amazing! Some Kraft cheese come with the healthy portion lines already on them now.

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! April 8, 2009, 9:04 am

    yummy wrap and great tips for portion control! šŸ™‚

  • andrea. April 8, 2009, 9:07 am

    That’s a good tip! I’m all about measuring cups for portion control — I stick a half-cup scoop right in the cereal container, and then I just use that to scoop out my serving in the morning (sometimes one scoop, sometimes two, depending what else I’m eating). I also found these cool serving spoons that are conveniently also measuring cups — half and one cup. So you can scoop soup or chilli or whatever right out of the pot and know how much you’ve taken, without having to ‘eyeball’ it.

  • Brandi April 8, 2009, 9:07 am

    great idea for the cheese! it is so hard to judge a serving on a block of cheese.

    I do that when I bake any type of bread – make a tiny slit on one side to mark the “middle” so I can actually get the servings I want out of the loaf.

  • VeggieGirl April 8, 2009, 9:07 am

    Fabulous lunch (lovin’ all the green), tips, and race!!

  • Danielle April 8, 2009, 9:08 am

    Thanks for the portion control tips!

  • K from ksgoodeats April 8, 2009, 9:09 am

    That’s a good idea with the cheese! LOVE the wrap!

    Ewwie the vundo virus šŸ˜‰

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) April 8, 2009, 9:16 am

    Lunch looks great and what a great idea for portion control! Love it!

  • redheadedjournal April 8, 2009, 9:18 am

    Good tip!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog April 8, 2009, 9:19 am

    thats such a fantastic tip!! Maybe if I do that it’ll keep james from consuming a block of cheese in 24 hours…how do boys do that?!

  • Karen April 8, 2009, 9:20 am

    That’s a really great idea. Thanks for the tip!

  • Rose April 8, 2009, 9:33 am

    Great idea, and seems economical too.

  • Sara April 8, 2009, 9:49 am

    Great tips for portion control. I love the cheese idea!

  • Niki April 8, 2009, 9:59 am

    Great tips on portion control!! I need to try those morning star veggie burgers! They look great in that wrap!!

  • Betsy April 8, 2009, 10:03 am

    What a great idea… I often wish things were packaged like butter is, so you can just got off a perfectly sized portion.

  • Leila April 8, 2009, 10:07 am

    that’s a great tip Caitlin, I’m always eyeballing the cheese as I’m shredding and no doubt eating more portions than I planned on.

  • caitlin April 8, 2009, 10:12 am

    Random Question – is there a reason you never take classes such as kickboxing or spinning? I prefer classes to working out alone and just wanted to know your (And others!) opinions. Thanks!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 8, 2009, 10:19 am

    caitlin – i take spinning classes once every month or so. its just hard to fit it in with my work schedule. i tried kickboxing once but it wasn’t my thing. šŸ™‚ i do love yoga class though!

  • Dori April 8, 2009, 10:25 am

    Love the cheese idea — I will do that!

    My new favorite portion control items are ramekins! Perfect for ice cream or chips.

  • elise April 8, 2009, 10:27 am

    thats super smart, but i dont think it would trick me into actually eating only one serving. im pretty smart!

  • runsarah April 8, 2009, 10:35 am

    That is a good idea- cheese spices are so expensive!

  • Susan April 8, 2009, 10:44 am

    Such an easy, quick tip!

  • healthy ashley April 8, 2009, 10:55 am

    I love the cheese tip! I wish it was that easy to do with a bag of chocolate chips!

    Thanks so much for posting about the race!

  • livelaughlyss April 8, 2009, 11:05 am

    I love your Sharpie top – super cute. And that melty cheese looks like it’s to die for! I like your method of portion control: smart and simple, but not obsessive!

  • Alex April 8, 2009, 11:08 am

    I had the virus, too! I hope you can remove it – I had to reinstall my whole computer!

  • iowagirleats April 8, 2009, 11:19 am

    Ha! What a great idea!! Whole blocks of cheese are death traps!

  • Tina April 8, 2009, 11:33 am

    Love the portion control tip for your cheese. I hope you give us more of your tips in the future!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina April 8, 2009, 12:26 pm

    if i liked cheese i would definitely do that! they SHOULD actually! they do it with butter right?!??!

    i love my food scale. in face, after i move i will have one at my dad’s in rhodey and one at my place in philly, just so i’m never without it! i’m obsessed.

  • RunToFinish April 8, 2009, 12:57 pm

    wow that is a very clever idea!!

    I love morningstar and boca burgers

  • nibblesandwiggles April 8, 2009, 1:06 pm

    Thanks for the cheese tip. Quite a lovely wrap you have there!

  • Quinn April 8, 2009, 2:07 pm

    Great tips for the cheese! That is a total weakness of mine, and that might actually keep me in control! Thanks for that!

    By the way, love the rehearsal dinner pics. I had filet mignon at mine too – although, I’m not sure I even got a pic of it either!

  • Texan Couture April 8, 2009, 2:26 pm

    Thanks for the cheese tip!

  • livelovelaugheatlearn April 8, 2009, 2:36 pm

    What a great idea!!!

    I love Morningstar products!!! So good!

  • Mica April 8, 2009, 3:26 pm

    That’s an awesome tip, thanks!

  • ChickPea April 8, 2009, 9:24 pm

    Great idea for portion control on the cheese!

    I do something similar for pasta. As soon as I bring it home, I divide into 8 servings, so that I have pre-portioned pasta ready to boil!

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