It’s Easy –
Eating healthy (and understanding portion size) doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. The rules, the restrictions, and the mathematical measurements can really make the action of eating sound like some complicated formula for finding world peace.
The truth is, we can make this journey as complicated or as easy as we’d like. However, we never really stop and give ourselves the credit that WE ARE smart, intelligent, strong, and capable people. So what do we do instead? We gravitate towards the quick fixes, the latest diet trends, or give up altogether because it’s overwhelming.
WE CAN BE HEALTHY, HAVE GREAT CAREERS, GROW AMAZING FAMILIES, AND ENJOY LIFE…all at the same time.
While you struggle with the concept of “choosing” one or the other, I’m going to give you permission to have it all. Instead of “searching” for quick-fixes, you have to shift your focus towards the stuff that’s going to last a lifetime and learn tools that you’ll use every day.
Simple. Delicious. Fun. Whole. Real.
Although we don’t promote calorie counting, we do feel that you need to have a basic understanding of how much food YOU ARE consuming and how much “caloric energy” is in each serving. The best place to start is to actually record your food for a few days (like our food journal sheets in the “21-Day Eat Real Challenge“).You’ll be amazed at how much you actually are eating. You may even begin to notice patterns in your eating habits.
To sprinkle in some FUN and to help you understand PORTION SIZE, I took a few snapshots of familiar objects (around your desk) that will help you “get the picture.” Besides, who really knows what a 4 oz. piece of chicken is, or ¼ cup of almonds is, or how much one serving of ice cream should really look like?
Grasp These Basics
|Desk Object||Equivalent||Food||Estimated Calories|
|iPhone||4 oz.||Chicken Breast||~130 calories|
|iPhone||4 oz.||Steak||~200 calories|
|iPhone||4 oz.||Salmon||~130 calories|
|Coffee Mug||1 cup||Kale||~30 calories|
|Coffee Mug||1 cup||Lettuce||~16 calories|
|Pencil||1/4 cup||Almonds||~160 calories|
|Pencil Sharpener||1 oz.||Feta Cheese||~75 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Quinoa||~111 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Brown Rice||~108 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Beets||~37 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Sweet Potato||~90 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Carrots||~26 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Ice Cream||~220 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Frozen Yogurt||~110 calories|
|Mini Mouse||1/2 cup||Plain 0% Greek Yogurt||~65 calories|
|Pay Check||13 pieces||Chips||~150 calories|
|Business Card||20 grams||85% Dark Chocolate||~120 calories|
Make things simple for yourself, learn the basics, apply it to your own life, and keep it creative. If you haven’t checked out the “21-Day Eat Real Challenge: Spring/Summer Edition” – that might be a great place to start. Even if you already eat healthy, don’t have bad food habits, have no desire to cleanse your body for one week (while still eating food), then maybe you’d be curious about the simple and delicious recipes – like creamy homemade Orange Creamsicle Julius (dairy-free), Holly’s Energy Bites, or a Nectarine Prosciutto Pizza (with a homemade crust).