Read This BEFORE you eat that Thin Mint!

Girl Scouts ROCK! An organization that teaches young girls to explore the power they have in creating, designing, repairing, engineering and, as we are most associated with, selling! That’s right friends, the cookies are here so how do we avoid storing them in our rear?!

Much to my surprise, the serving size of thin mints is NOT an entire sleeve. Tragic as that may be, there is a good lesson here. Girl Scout Cookies, like all treats, are fine in moderation. It can be difficult to keep track of everything you eat and drink. Thankfully, there are great apps, online tools, and easy life hacks to keep you on track.

How many calories?

Check out Lifesum. This handy app will set up your daily requirements of not only calories, but macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein and fat! I enjoy this app because the daily recommendations are based on your goals like “I want to maintain weight” or “I want to lose weight.” Remember, this is a guideline, not a hard number so if you are over or under, that doesn’t mean you failed eating that day.

Make a fist

So you are out to eat and you don’t want to bring your measuring cups to dinner, probably a good idea. Here is some science that says you can make a fist to determine what your plate should look like. Keep in mind, this for someone who is eating 3 meals per day and probably very light snacks.

Another great trick to control intake while eating out – ask for a to-go box when your meal is served. Separate a fist-sized portion and put the rest in you to-go box. 

Review the stress

Does the word “diet” make your anxiety sky rocket? Do you start to panic when you really want a bite of a sweet treat or everyone else ordered french fries and you ordered a slice of iceberg?

Breathe – The anxiety rooted in these decisions lies far beneath two all-beef patties, nasty-ass mayo sauce concoction, lettuce, cheese pickles onions and sesame seed bun. If this is the case, you may want to talk to a pro that can help you get out of your head and look objectively and what’s going on.

Love and Sparkles,