Stop blaming supersized portions!
While it’s true that restaurant portion sizes have exploded over the years, one thing is absolutely certain…no one is standing behind you with a gun to your head forcing you to clean your plate! I seriously doubt that (because of the obesity epidemic) your favorite dining establishment will start shrinking their portions. Let’s face it, if the server came to your table with an itty bitty plate of spaghetti and meatballs or a 4-ounce tenderloin the size of a deck of cards (which by the way is a true portion size of meat), you would send it right back to the kitchen! We’ve become trained to expect mammoth size portions and if we receive anything less, we feel cheated! It’s time to un-train your brain— take personal responsibility and stop blaming the restaurant! Here are some sure fire tips to help you begin:
- Focus on the various flavors and textures of your meal and really TASTE the food
- Quit eating with your eyes and start tapping into your stomach! A clean plate doesn’t necessarily equal “full”, so ask yourself several times during the eating process: “How full do I feel?”
- Ask the server to “doggie bag” half of your meal BEFORE he brings it to your table (no temptations!)
- Enjoy the time spent with your fellow diner and concentrate on the conversation
- Split the meal with your friend and save money and calories
- Always start with the end in mind! Ask yourself: “How do I want to feel after this meal?”
Think of it this way— are you going to let Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback and McDonalds determine your pant size? I didn’t think so!