For the last few days I’ve been tracking my calories to see what’s contributing to the higher numbers on the scale. In an effort to be as accurate as I can, I’ve also been measuring out my portions. What I’ve learned is that I am terrible at estimating portion sizes; I can’t tell the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon and if I order a restaurant size bowl of pasta, there is no way I will be able to tell what a cup of it is.
In my nutrition classes at school, I’ve learned multiple times how to visualize portion sizes using regular household objects. I know that 3oz of meat can be compared to a deck of cards, a bagel should be the size of a tuna can, a potato should be the size of a computer mouse, an ounce of cheese should be the size of a domino, and rice should be the size of a lightbulb.
For some people, that may be helpful. For me, not so much. I can’t remember the last time I used an actual computer mouse, I have no clue how big a domino is, and I don’t change a lot of lightbulbs. I don’t want to carry around measuring utensils everywhere I go, but I need something that’s always on me that I can use to visualize portion sizes.
I searched portion sizes on the internet until I discovered the one utensil that’s been in front of my face the whole time; my hands!
It was love at first sight. Now I hope my hands aren’t too big!