Thursday, March 16, 2006

Food Glorious Food

After succumbing to some bad eating habits these past few days, and feeling achy from the pregnancy weight I've gained, and reading magazine after magazine concerning health and nutrition, food has been on my mind.

I keep reading about portion control and the appropriate number of calories certain people need to take in. Apparently, America eats too much (as if that's not obvious already). Our portions are huge! I rarely can finish a meal at a restaurant, and when I do, everyone's thrilled. But, if you think about it, I just ate a meal for 3 adults! No wonder America's fat! Thankfully, I've never been overweight. Underweight, yes. Overweight, no.

Sooo....I've been reading up on what serving sizes and portions are and I'm shocked at how little they are!! I think, how can anyone feel full on that?! So, I decided to take on a challenge (I'll talk about it later in the post). Can I cut my portions into individual serving sizes and still feel full?

Caloric intake is important, too. The average person needs 2,000 calories a day. Actually, I think that number is lower because so many people are sedentary nowadays, but I'm a fairly active young lady, so I'll stick with 2,000. I'm allowed an extra 300 calories a day for being pregnant to help sustain the life in me. So, that's 2,300 calories.

Can I control my portions, eat well, and feel full on only 2,300 calories a day? Let's see......

2 slices rye toast with butter flavored spray 110 calories
1 cup corn flakes with 1/2 cup skim milk and two strawberries 150 calories
1 large orange 120 calories
16 oz. water
Total Breakfast Calories: 380

16 oz. water
1 serving crackers w/1 slice cheese 140 calories

Veggie burger on wheat bread with spinach, tomato, cheese and mustard 395 calories
fruit cocktail 100 calories
pumpkin pie with lite whipped topping 300 calories
16 oz water
Total Lunch Calories: 795 calories

1 cup Might Bites cereal with 1/2 cup skim milk 180 calories
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 25 calories
Total Snack calories: 205 calories

Dinner (I haven't eaten it yet, but I know what I'm having)
1 serving (4 1/2" diameter) chicken pot pie approx. 535 calories (mine might be less because I use cream of chicken soup instead of a fat-laden gravy)
16 oz. water

Total Calories so far: 2055

Yeah! I have enough for dessert! Dessert is going to be apple crisp with whipped topping!

So, I guess it IS possible! Of course, I could eat even more, but I splurged and had that pumpkin pie at lunch. YUM!!

Drinking water REALLY helps cut back on calorie intake, plus when I get a little hungry and it's not time to eat, drinking water helps curb it.

I admit, it's hard to keep those calories down sometimes, especially since my hard working hubby can burn up to 6,000 calories a day in the wintertime. So, I have to feed him accordingly, but keep my calorie intake much lower than his. But, discipline is key.



Tiany said...

Wow sounds like you did your homework :-) Great information, thanks for sharing! If I may be so bold to ask, what does your DH do in the winter that he would burn 6000 calories? Is that possible? lol
Have a blessed weekend!

Kate said...

You know how back in the old days men and women worked so hard they could stay skinny even though they ate loads of fatty foods? My husband works that hard! He cuts down trees for a living. 1 hour of cutting wood burns 800 calories.