Thursday, March 24, 2011
My shout out to Bethenny Frankel!
I recently downloaded Bethenny Frankel's audiobook "Naturally Thin" and there was one suggestion she made that I absolutely love. She talks about downsizing.
"When it comes to plates, size matters." Ok...brilliant. I don't know about you, but our dinner plates are huge. You can put 2 servings on a plate and it still looks kind of empty. So you add more food to the plate to fill it up a bit and end up eating more than you wanted to begin with. So... the solution here is eat off of smaller plates. We are a country that super sizes our portions, so many of us don't even know what a single portion really even looks like. Or when we do measure out a single portion it just looks so much smaller than what we are used to.
So here it is...make a change. You don't have to go out and buy all new plates. Just buy a few smaller ones and test this out. Your plates can be used as a guide as you retrain yourself to downsize your portions.
Here is the challenge for this weekend. Try eating your dinner from a salad plate. Your cereal from a rice bowl. And my absolute favorite was Bethenny's suggestion to invest in 1/2 cup ramakins. Use these to portion out your treats or cheats...like chips or a scoop of ice cream. Excited to try it? I was! Little things can make a big difference. And as you become comfortable with these portions at home, you'll be able recognize a portion when you are at a restaurant or party. Did you know some restaurant portions serve FOUR people? The servings are out of control and we feel guilty if we only eat 1/4 of it. Well no need to feel guilty, recognize a portion or eat a little bit more if you happen to be hungrier that day and take the rest home. No need to lick the plate clean. You can start tomorrow. Be done and done with oversized portions and make sure to enjoy your meal without the guilt. Baby steps to a healthier you!