I take after my Father’s side of the family. We are all good-sized people, not lazy people, but “big boned” like my Granny use to say. I guess I need to rephrase that. We are/were all overweight, some of us would even be considered obese. I honestly cannot think of anyone on my Dad’s side of the family that is/was normal size. Now, we ate healthy foods. We ate lots of fresh eggs, vegetables and always had apples to eat. They were readily available. How they were prepared is another blog.
So why then, have I battled with my weight my entire life? I must admit that portion control was never top priority for me. I don’t know if this was because of the way that I was raised. My Mother and Granny use to tell me, no snacking before dinner. Wait until dinner. You’ll spoil your dinner. When dinner was finally served, I felt like I could eat a cow and probably did! Now that I am grown, I have my own theory on no snacking before dinner. I say, go ahead, “spoil your dinner”. If you feel hungry between meals, eat a healthy snack, like a piece of fruit or small salad. This helps me to avoid overeating during my next meal.
For more ideas on healthy snacking: http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/SnacksNDrinks/Texts/ES_snacksdrinks.pdf. Happy Healthy Snacking!