Food is odd. You put a cup of rice into water and it magically expands into this wonderful food that can feed several people.
Great, isn’t it?
Problem is that you probably don’t really notice how much of this wonderful food stuff you’re actually eating.
Until I started religiously following this diet (probably about the only religious thing I’ve done in a while!) I never really paid attention to quantities.
Cooking pasta? Ah just chuck enough in and it’ll be fine.. Oh wait, there’s way more than I really need .. Ooops!
When you’re weighing out portions of pasta and other ingredients very carefully you begin to notice how much you are eating and how much you were probably eating before. The digital scales I bought just over a week ago has been getting plenty of use and the bowl that came without has held the ingredients of pretty much every single meal of the day. Weighing out the portions of breakfast cereal is a new experience and is an eye opener!
A typical pasta recipe (on my diet plan) has between 60g and 100g of uncooked pasta. Putting that in one of my pasta bowls it looks like I’m missing quite a bit from the plate, but when it’s cooked and you add the sauce and other ingredients you end up with a very tasty meal that won’t leave you hungry.
Controlling the quantities carefully and checking the calories when I “clock in” is making me more conscious of what I have been eating and what I am now eating.
Eating less and probably eating better ie. more fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products, I’m actually feeling pretty good. I’m not hungry, though I still have a very healthy appetite.
Of course, so far it’s been relatively easy. I’ve managed to avoid eating out completely. Temptation in the way of tasty treats that I actually cherish has been avoided. I’m not phased by seeing Cadbury’s, as I don’t particularly like that type of chocolate. I suspect, however, that I will have issues resisting Green & Black when I’m in a supermarket over the weekend laying in provisions for the week. But I digress ..