I eat junk food.
I don't always eat spinach and quinoa and vegetable patties.
I do a lot of the time, but I don't 100% of the time.
In the last year, I have been following the Portion Fix Containers.
I tried using these containers 3 years ago, and they "worked" for me for two months, and then the novelty wore off and they stopped working for me.
Can I be honest? They didn't stop working.
I STOPPED WORKING FOR ME.
I decided to be in a rush.
I decided I needed a quick crash diet to shed weight instead of just learning about the food I was eating.
These containers don't actually just stop working one day...
This isn't a diet.
This isn't tracking magical points that some company came up with. This isn't tracking calories and feeling hungry all day. These containers teach how to eat REAL FOOD, things grown in the earth. These containers have helped me learn what real portions look like, and they've helped me learn what foods to eat and how much of them to eat to make my body happy, healthy, and strong.
Around this time last year, I decided I was going to use these containers to help me develop a healthy relationship with food and not keep trying to lose weight and be skinny.
The last 365 days have been my happiest, healthiest, and strongest.
I've learned to eat for my life.
I no longer focus on SKINNY... and... I happen to magically be in a size 6 pants for the first time in my life.
Abundance > scarcity mindset.
IT CHANGES LIVES.
They lists what foods go into each container.
At the top of the list are the HEALTHIEST items, the most nutrient-dense items.
At the bottom are the lesser nutrient-dense items.
The key to doing this is eating from the top part of the list most of the time.
You're going to end up eating the healthiest items to help you get to your weight-loss goal AND help you be happy, healthy, and strong.
Green is for veggies. Yay green veggies. Spinach, carrots, peppers... anything from the ground and non-starchy.
Purple is for fruit. I think of grapes to remind me, but any type of fruit will go in there.
Red is for protein. Red meat, right? Meat, yogurt, and if you choose not to eat animal products, then fill this one up with BEANS. Yay.
Yellow is for carbs. Think your starches and grains. So corn, potatoes, bread, oatmeal, tortillas...
Blue, orange, and the teaspoons are all different types of healthy fats. Seeds, nut butters, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.
CAN WE TALK ABOUT CARBS?
Of all of the containers, people usually have the hardest time NOT eating so many yellows.
We Americans love our potato chips, our cookies, our giant doughy pizzas, our breads with every meal, our pasta dishes, our giant hamburger buns. I would eat processed carbs like this all day if it didn't leave me feeling like crap! But I've learned these processed foods DO leave me feeling like crap. They cause inflammation in my body and make it difficult to walk! (I get this weird pain in my feet when I eat garbage food!) So I've learned to not eat those foods all day long.
I also don't want a life where I can never have cookies or pizza or pasta or bread. You know I did Whole30 a million times. It was great for 30 days, and I learned a lot about food, but I also learned that cutting out entire food groups makes me want to BINGE. That's when I started Pizza Friday.
Here's the thing about Pizza Friday... Those delicious Lavash breads aren't necessarily on the Portion Fix Foods List, but I made the executive decision that having single serving pizza fed my SOUL. When I know I get to have a yummy treat on Friday that is in a single portion, I look forward to it all week. (Delaying gratification!)
Even a year into doing Pizza Friday, I look forward to it all week.
So after I started doing Pizza Friday, I started learning more about the containers and what each container stood for/how they came up with it.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. I am not a doctor. I am not Autumn Calabrese! I am just showing you how I have used the container system to EAT FOR LIFE and not to just eat for 21 days. PLEASE CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR!
Yellow container. The yellow container is 1/2 cup. A half cup of rice is 120 calories and 27 carbs. A half cup of quinoa is 110 calories and and 15 carbs. A half cup of lentils is 160 calories and 18 carbs. From this, I guestimated that a yellow container is about 120 calories and 20 carbs. THIS IS NOT PERFECT. This is a guestimate. When I want to eat something like pizza, bread, chips, whatever yummy carb, I guestimate that 120 calories worth and count it as a yellow. This has helped me live an imperfect life while still being healthy.
A word about this: If you're eating 360 calories worth of cookies EVERY DAY and never eating sweet potatoes, beans, or other items at the top of the list, then the whole system is not going to work for you. You're cheating yourself and sabotaging yourself. We are talking treats here and there but not 5 in one day x 7 days a week.
The closer you follow the portion fix system, the better results you will have.
I only have pizza on Fridays.
I might have nachos with 120 calories worth of tortilla chips once a week. It's a practice in moderation. PRACTICE.
Here are some other junk foods from Trader Joe's that I would count as a yellow. I would use the serving size to help me guestimate 120 calories. I would NOT eat these every single day though!
So that is how I "cheat" and eat junk food while not falling down a rabbit hole of junk food.
BUT friends, don't forget to eat your veggies. We can treat ourselves, but those veggies are where it's at!
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Thanks for reading! Can't wait to see you next time!