Portion control is definitely my biggest issue when it comes to dieting and living a healthy lifestyle. I am an affiliate of Precise Portions and was very excited to receive products from their Eco line for review.
Portion Control Anywhere
I think most of us can agree that we know in the back of our minds how we should eat – somewhat. Personally, I always thought that I could look at my plates at home and “eye” up how the portions should look. The biggest third of the plate should be veggies and the other two-thirds should take up the meat and starch parts of the meal. Even knowing this does not mean that I follow it! Then, what happens when I am eating away from home? Without the familiarity of my own plates? Summer parties and BBQ's are looming and if I want to maintain a healthy eating plan, I better have a backup plan!
Enter Precise Portions. They have an entire line of products designed to help people learn and follow a balanced nutrition lifestyle. Whether your goal is to lose weight, manage diabetes and/or cardiac health, or just plain become more balanced, this system is ideal.
Precise Portions has a line of beautiful portion control dinnerware to reuse, but now, they have also added an eco-friendly, disposable system. The Eco Compostable Range of plates, bowls, and cups is a wonderful alternative to plastic. They are all 100% compostable, free of bleach and dyes, and are sturdy enough to handle any portion-controlled meal.
They have a full line of products to take the mystery out of portion control for good! Also, with the included laminated system discs as placemats, the whole family can educate themselves on how to eat balanced meals.
Here's a little about each product that I received from Precise Portions:
3-Section Starter Plates: The plates are clearly marked as to which foods should go where. Veggies take up the largest section, with meat and starch pretty much splitting up the rest. This is also a win-win for me, because I don't like my foods to touch! (Yes, picky spaz.)
6″ Side Plates: A great way to portion out your sides. Great for fruits, desserts, or anything else that you don't want to go overboard on as a side dish.
10 oz. Cups: These cups have lines to measure out 4 fluid oz (for fruit juice servings), 8 oz (for milk, veggie juice, or water), and 10 oz (just FYI, I guess). This is a biggie for me. Although, I mainly drink water, when I do have juice, I guarantee it's not the proper portion. I just fill up a huge glass. This is a better way to not go crazy with the calories and sugar that fruit juices contain.
16 oz Bowls: Bowls lined with extremely helpful portion sizes for cereals, soups, veggies, etc. The lines measure out 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 1 1/2 cups or 2 cups. I can eat cereal like nobody's business. I just don't get full and can end up polishing off a box if I am not careful. This will allow me to be more aware of that for sure. A serving of most cereals is way less than “normal” bowls hold. It's so easy to go over that.
Dinner Plates: Similar to the starter plates, but no dividers. The lines are not raised, but it's still easy to see where the food should go.
I love these products especially for this summer. I can use them for our own parties, or bring them with to ones we attend. They will allow me to enjoy BBQ-ed goodies without going completely overboard. Using these plates has made me a lot more aware of the reality of my portions. “Eying” things out allows me to fool myself. This system provides the reality check that I needed. After eating on these plates and watching my portions a lot more carefully, I quickly noticed my appetite shrinking back down to where it should be. I feel fuller faster and not that horrible stuffed feeling afterward. Very happy about that!
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Do you watch your portions? Have any tips or tricks to share? We'd love to see them in the comments!
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