Have you ever sat down in front of the TV or went to read a textbook chapter with a big bag of chips? Let me guess… the next thing you know, the whole bag is gone. Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. I have been know to polish off a big bag of Skinny Pop watching too many episodes of Dance Moms.
We, in America, tend to eat WAY more than a typical portion size. Think about that bag of chips; the nutrition fact label probably said you should have shared that bag with 10 other people!
While nutrition fact serving sizes may not be realistic, they should be used as a guide to limit your intake especially on snacks that are easy to overeat.
My favorite way to prevent overeating is to pre-portion my snacks. As soon as I get home from the grocery store I take the big bag of food and separate it into smaller Ziploc bags. The next time you need a snack, you grab one of your little Ziploc bags. This way, you don’t have a whole bag sitting in front of you for you to mindlessly keep eating.
Not only is this a great way to limit how much you eat, it also easier to grab a snack on the go. You can just grab a pre-portioned bag and be on your way!
I especially like to do this with my favorite trail mix from Target. Nuts carry a lot of fat and calories so overeating can be dangerous. As soon as I get home, measured out ¼ cup of nuts and put each into a snack bag. When I am running out the door to get to class, I can grab a bag and not have to think about how much to eat.
If making portion size bags isn’t for you, I suggest buying the small snack bags from the store (like buying the small bags of chips instead of the huge family size). It might cost you a little more money but it will prevent you from eating the whole bag at once.
Study Abroad Update!
My flight is officially booked and I am signed up for classes. I am in a public health program where my core course will be Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe. As a part of this class, I will spend a week in Helsinki, Finland and Riga, Latvia learning about various European health care systems. I will also be taking Health Beyond Boards, Anthropology of Food, and Danish Language.
T-92 days until I am on my way!