How much is too much? Portion control and getting the balance right.

When was the last time you actually felt hungry? The stomach-rumbling emptiness of proper hunger? Have we all forgotten what that feels like? It’s no secret that ‘super-sizing’ is taking over the food industry. Extra large portions, huge plates, all you can eat buffets and bottom-less brunches are everywhere. It has become completely normal to pile a plate high and expect second helpings. But what has this culture of excess done to our understanding of control and do we really know what a healthy, balanced plate of food looks like?

Start your day the right way with these healthy, lower sugar breakfast swaps

You’ve probably heard it said a hundred times before, ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, but how many of us actually give our breakfast choices much thought at all? There are a number of experts out there who proclaim that consuming a large breakfast is vital for good health, for better concentration throughout the day and to ‘kick start’ your metabolism. There’s an equal number of experts who would argue the complete opposite; that missing breakfast will not only do you no harm, it may actually be beneficial for your overall health and weight management. I’m not going to go into the varied and contrasting arguments about the issue of breaking fast in the morning. What I am going to do, however, is present to you some healthy alternatives that will keep you fuller for longer and will support a healthier lifestyle. Here are a range of healthier, lower sugar breakfast swaps for anyone looking to make some changes; from the 'cereal muncher' to the 'grab-n-goer'.