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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 17

portion controlDay 17 Goal: Measure your portions today.

If you live in America, you know that portion control is a huge factor in the obesity issue in this country. Everything is available in ‘super-mega-double’ size, and we’ve just gotten used to that. Eating healthy is not as effective when you’re eating 2 and 3 times as much as you should. So today, actively measure your portions at each meal. I use a digital food scale, like this one. It’s helpful to have a scale that measures in grams and ounces and has a separate bowl that can be removed for cleaning. I highly recommend the investment, because after a while you will really begin to see what a healthy, reasonable portion looks like. Your eyes will finally stop being bigger than your stomach.

If you don’t want to buy a food scale, livebetteramerica has an awesome pocket chart that will help you eyeball it. The point is, pay attention to HOW MUCH you are eating today.

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30 Days to a Cleaner Diet: Day 12

day 12L eat more veggiesDay 12 Goal: At each meal, veggies should cover half of your plate.

Vegetables are full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. They are also significantly lower in fat and other bad things that meats and especially carbs can have. Large portions of vegetables allow you to fill your stomach while taking in way less calories than other foods. This infographic that I found on Pinterest illustrates the point pretty well.

why you should eat more veggies