I am continually amazed at how great I feel when I stick to eating small portions instead of stuffing myself until I'm full. Every day I can pull it off, I feel energized and light on my feet.
"Small portions" generally means eating food that is roughly the size of your own fist . . . Like a half a sandwich, a half a cup of oatmeal, or a piece of fruit.
To see what Coach Lark ate today,
Today, for instance, this is how I ate:
- a tangerine at 5:30am
- a half a fist-sized portion of oatmeal at 8:00am
- a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich (on an English muffin) at 9:30am
- a romaine lettuce salad at 12:30pm with carrots, red cabbage, onions, celery, radishes and a little bit of blue cheese dressing
- a half an apple and a half a banana at 3:00pm
- I worked out at 5:00pm and then had a spicy crab sushi roll right afterward
Now, obviously I'm not on a diet. I allow myself to splurge on goodies like bacon and blue cheese dressing — within reason. I balance it out with a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and fibers. In addition, I drink water all day. Today I had the energy of a super hero! And I can guarantee that I burned off any calories I took in with a balance of activity and allowing my body to properly digest with this "grazing" technique.
There are a lot of gimmicky diets out there, but limiting how much food I put in my belly at any one sitting is the best and healthiest way I know how to manage my weight. I attempt to eat this way every day. It's an ongoing battle to stick to healthy eating habits, but with this tactic, I don't feel deprived and starved . . . ever.
I am not always perfect in my eating habits. Sometimes I do pig out. But I keep trying, and I do the best I can.
My advice is this: If you can pull the small-portions eating plan off for just one day, you'll have created an experiential template going forward. Try it and see how you feel. You'll be inspired, you'll see!
As a dear friend and client said to me this morning, "It seems like we are always fattening ourselves up for the famine that never arrives."
It's time to relax. There is always more food in our future!