This is a question that has always had me a little stumped I have to say. I know that on each packet it says ‘serving size’ but who is that really for? Surely if 2 biscuits are a serving for an adult they shouldn’t be a serving for a child. Should they? Or what about the difference between someone who is in an office job vs someone who is active? I’m a true believer of listening tour bodies yet I still have questions about my ability to understand what my healthy portion size should be. Should we be calorie counting, eating till we are 80 % full, eating more small meals or 3 bigger meals?
It always comes back to taunt me. Recently even more so after my kids and I have been looking at healthy eating and found some great photos on the web. These photos, from two different sites – what the world eats and what school lunches look like , showed school lunches from around the world and families shopping for a week. What shocked me was how different the amounts of food were. It is amazing just how little some families have for the week and just how much others have also the kind of food that they are eating. None of the families appear in ill health externally yet I wonder just how their food is treating them internally – both in quality and quantity. I wish I was able to be a fly on the wall to see how they allocated the food and how the live.
I know that I can do calculations to work out what my calorie intake should be each day and then eat accordingly. The trouble with this for me is that I want my kids to see eating and listening to your body as a normal and natural thing to do; me counting calories each day for every meal doesn’t quite seem to fit this ideal 😉 I have also found lots of ‘diet plans’ which give you a week worth of recipes all calorie counted out however they very rarely account of those of us not eating meat, gluten, dairy, sugar etc.
When I became sugar free I was hoping that my appetite would guide me to the correct portion sizes, somehow it doesn’t really feel that it is as yet. I get the difference between my cravings and my real hunger, sometimes though my real hunger seems to have me eating more food than others or than I would have thought I needed 😉 Maybe it is too early for my appetite bits to be back to normal after years of being massacred or maybe I have just conditioned myself and my stomach to my ‘visual’ portion amount.
Food for thought and I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on this.