Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trick Your Brain!

Portion Distortion

Something popped into my head while I was eating dinner tonight...plate size and portion distortion! It's something I've thought of before, but it often slips my mind when I go to choose my plate for a meal.

The habit of grabbing the large dinner plate has been so ingrained in my routine that I wasn't thinking twice about it. But why do I need such a large portion of food? There is no way my body needs enough food at one meal that would fill a large dinner plate, especially when I'm trying to eat five to six small meals per day.

I think it's about time I start reaching for a smaller snack-sized plate for my meals to keep my portions under wraps. I can always go back for seconds if that amount doesn't quite fill me up, but at least I won't feel subconsciously obligated to fill my large plate and eat it all.


Moving on! I made a very delicious breakfast this morning to give me a boost to get me through class. I had a bowl of eggy oats using three egg whites, 1/3 cup of large flake oats, 1/2 tbsp ground flax and a pinch of organic cane sugar. I also had a energizing smoothie by blending together half a frozen banana, one small orange and some water.


I had a Kashi granola bar during class as my morning snack which kept my hunger at bay until I could eat a late lunch. I had a gigantic broccoli salad with half a can of salmon on the side.


After a full day of classes, Casey and I headed to the grocery store to stock up our kitchen. It was getting pretty late by the time we finally made it home, so we decided to pick up a rotisserie chicken, baked potato wedges and mixed bean salad from the deli at the grocery store.

Everything was delicious as usual, but the bean salad took the cake. It was absolutely delicious!


Between six hours of classes, studying for two midterms in the next two days, and grocery shopping, I didn't have much time to workout today. I did find a small amount of time to fit in a short, but intense interval circuit workout courtesy of HautePnk.

I did one round of this circuit workout with 50 seconds of each exercise and a 10 second rest in between exercises.
  1. Jump Rope
  2. Squats
  3. Jumping Jacks
  4. Push-ups
  5. Shoulder Press
  6. Mountain Climbers
  7. Deadlifts
  8. Speed Squats
  9. Plank
  10. Tricep Extensions
  11. Heels to Heaven
  12. Alternating or Walking Lunges
  13. Bicycle Crunches
  14. Bicep Curls
Although it wasn't the most intense workout I've ever done, it got my heart rate up and put my muscles to work. I'm just happy I was able to find time to fit in a workout!

I hope you've all had a lovely day and it's time for me to get some sleep. I have a big midterm to write tomorrow!

Do you use big or small dinner plates?
Would you ever consider choosing a smaller plate?
Do you fall victim to portiond distortion?

1 comment:

  1. great circuit, quick and snappy to get you energized!



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