One of the best ways to better health is through eating correctly.
By knowing the right amounts of food you should be consuming, you can eliminate overeating and fuel your body to lose weight in a healthy way. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, overeating and excess food intake is the leading cause of obesity. This overeating can be avoided by learning how to control and measure your portions.
You can use simple tools such as a plate or your hand to help measure portions of the five main food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. One-half of your plate should be vegetables, one-quarter should be grains and the last one-quarter should be protein. Dairy and fruit should be kept on the side, such as a glass of low-fat milk or a cup of mixed fruit.
The size of a plate can be subjective in different situations, such as at a restaurant or another person’s home. In these situations, your hand can be another simple and easy tool to measure portions. With your hand opened up flat, you can measure protein and vegetables. Proteins should be the size of your palm, and vegetables should be the size of two palms. Both grains and fruit portions should be the size of your fist. Finally, any fats should be the size of your thumb. Learning how much you eat is not only an important first step in identifying your current eating habits, but also an important aspect of a healthy nutrition lifestyle.
Senior Services Plus offers a nutritional program open to the public featuring nutritionist Dr. Katie Drake. Within this program, Drake outlines personal meal plans and tracking methods fit to your health and lifestyle. This program also includes two sessions with a personal trainer for weigh-ins, body measurements, body fat percentage and BMI calculations. The cost is $75 for a new client’s first month, then $50 for any following months.
Beginning March 16, Dr. Drake is also on site every third Monday of each month for a nutrition question-and-answer session from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is free, open to the public, and a great opportunity to have questions answered about nutrition from a professional. For more information on the nutrition program or other programs and services offered by Senior Services Plus, contact Lucas Hale at (618) 465-3298, ext. 109.