At Beacon, we talk a lot about the importance of weighing and measuring your food…at least in the beginning as you build your food foundation.

I know, I know. Pulling out the measuring cups can really make this process feel like another diet. However, if you’re looking to repair your relationship with food than it’s time to start being honest about not only the quality of your food, but the quantity.

In addition to sugar and flour, there is a third addiction that often reveals itself: VOLUME. And this my friends, is a stumbling block that cannot be overlooked.

We refer to volume as a process addiction. Meaning, it is a compulsion to continually engage in a behavior despite the negative impact on one’s health or daily life.

We have three or four helpings of dinner.

We feel panicked after we finish lunch because we fear it “wasn’t enough.”

We eat two sleeves of cookies after telling ourselves we’ll just have one.

Sound familiar? Underlying our addiction to volume is a fear of not enough. 

And so often we rely upon our eyeballs as the “accurate” measures of our portion sizes. Unfortunately, our eyes are an unreliable source. Can you realllllly discern how much 6oz of salmon is versus 8oz? It’s not always easy but there is a simple solution to this blindspot: weighing and measuring your food when you can.

Certainly there will be moments when you’re at a restaurant or at grandma’s house and you can’t or don’t want to pull out your measuring cups. That’s okay. In those moments you do the best you can.

The situations in which you can weigh your chicken or measure your vegetables, do it! Make it a habit and a part of your routine. You are retraining your brain and your body to adjust to these portion sizes.

If you’re thinking, do I have to measure my protein for the rest of my life? The honest and true answer is, maybe…but hopefully not. Weighing and measuring your food is a part of the heavy lifting during the beginning that is helping you find a healthy and lasting relationship with food.

Shine Bright!

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