Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Press on Wednesday: One plate rule

Press On Wednesday is to encourage us to "press on" towards a healthy lifestyle.  Remember, every great journey begins with a single step.  Today I want to talk about the "one plate rule".  The one plate rule is simply deciding that you will eat only one serving at a meal; 2nd and 3rd plates work against a healthy lifestyle.  Now, am I saying you can never have seconds?  No, we are free to eat how we choose; however, I encourage you to go by the one plate rule on most days.  If on a regular day you make it a habit to only eat one serving of each food, then on special days you can afford to eat extra.  On the flip side, if we let ourselves eat what we "feel" like eating everyday, then we have no wiggle room to have a special dish on occasion. 

When I began my healthy lifestyle journey I had NO idea how much extra food I had been eating.  If we had hamburgers and fries, I would eat every bit of my burger, all of my fries, and have ice cream too.  If we had tacos, I would have 3 or 4.  I would eat until I felt stuffed. It was not long before I realized I was consuming much more food than I needed for health.  Needless to say, the first few days of my new healthy lifestyle, my body and emotions were in shock.  I went from eating out of emotion and stopping when I felt better; to eating 1 small cup of chicken salad on a bed of lettuce at the designated meal time.  After about a week of down-sizing portions, I had lost about 5 pounds.

What is a healthy serving size?  I have included 2 helpful links below:

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/weight-management-calories/weight-management/better-choices/decrease-portions.html

http://heart.org/HEARTORG/Caregiver/Replenish/WhatisaServing/What-is-a-Serving_UCM_301838_Article.jsp

We have a friend that says his secret to healthy eating is this: Always eat to live; not live to eat

It is no secret that I personally have to have God's strength to make healthy choices.  Here is a scripture that encourages me:

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31

Press On Wednesday:
 in memory of my Dad, Troy