Since I had mentioned my breakfast of Cocoa Krispies yesterday, I'd like to interject something about my breakfast choice and portions.
Have you ever read the nutritional facts on a box of cereal? Each serving size is a little different from cereal to cereal , but a serving size of Cocoa Krispies is 3/4 cup, which is 120 calories, and 160 caloreis with 1/2 cup of vitamin A & D fat free milk. I eat the recommended serving with plain soy milk, and that's about 50 calories for a 1/2 cup, making it 170 calories.
170 calories for Cocoa Krispies cereal (with soy milk), and a large mug of coffee with soy milk and sweetener, perhaps a half/whole banana or other fruit, and we're looking at around 300 to 375 calories for breakfast, which is not too bad. It's not perfect, but not bad. I get to have something crunchy and chocolate is involved.
On the left is an average sized bowl from my dish set and can fit at least 4 cups of cereal. On the right is a 3/4 cup Pyrex bow, the recommended serving size.
It's not hard to figure out that most of us probably eat cereal out of a bowl from our every day dish set. My son does. Some bowls are probably smaller, but they are still not as small as the 3/4 cup sized bowl. Most of us are probably unaware of the extra calories we're getting just by not paying attention to portion size. Do the math. By using the larger bowl, we're getting in at least 3 to 4 times more calories than what the recommended serving size is. That could be around 800 calories just for a bowl of cereal with milk. That's a lot.
I often hear "I don't eat breakfast" from many people. Not eating breakfast isn't great, either. You're more likely to over eat later on in the day if you don't have breakfast.
I've been eating my cereal out of the 3/4 cup sized Pyrex bowls for about 8 years. It's not just the cereal portions I watch, it's the portion sizes of just about all foods that I eat. I don't need to physically measure out every thing I eat, but I visually know what a portion size is. In the beginning, I did measure, but after about two weeks I was OK with eyeballing everything.
I'm not limited to Cocoa Krispies. I like raisin bran, Rice Krispies, Cheerios (plain), corn flakes, Chex, etc... I like most cereal. I'm not a big granola fan, but I'll eat it if that's what we have. I'm also not limited to cereal and do not have cereal every day. I adore breakfast foods in general, but I'm careful to watch the carb/fat/protein ratios as well as caloric intake. It's super easy to go overboard with the fat content of a lot of breakfast foods. I also eat breakfast EVERY DAY. It's a great way to get those carbs in about an hour prior to running.
I had PT today. I'm slightly more flexible today and I practiced walking. My PT also put me on a recumbent bike, with a tiny bit of resistance for 5 minutes. I still have so far to go.
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