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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Eating healthy on a budget...Portion Control

Many of us overdo our portions. I know I do more often than I should. This is not only bad for our health, it is expensive! When we eat more than the recommended serving, we are eating up our money. The first thing we should all do is cut back on our portions when we are trying to eat healthy on a budget.

When we go out to eat, it is an automatic that you are going to pay for more than one serving. Cutting back should definitely include eating out less. If you are going to eat out, try to share a meal with someone or box up half of your food right away and take it home with you.

At home, start using measuring cups and food scales. You will begin to get used to what a serving is supposed to look like. You will probably be amazed by how much you have been eating. I know I have been. Journaling is also one of the best ways to track how much we are eating or overeating as well. Just remember to read the food labels to determine the proper serving size and don't forget to look at how many servings are in a container. For example, a bag of granola out of a vending machine is generally meant for 2 or more people.

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