To continue an earlier topic, I want to share an article about Portion Distortion. I was originally drawn to this article by a teaser tip: “Don’t eat food straight out of a bag, packet, or box. It’s easy to eat more food if you have a large container. Put whatever food you’re going to eat into a small bowl or plate. Then don’t eat more than that serving. Put the rest away before you start eating.” This, and several others in the article are tips I share with patients (and my kids!) all the time.
Aside from use of the word “diet” and a few typos, I liked this article. I learned a new tip, too (the one about filling individual baggies with a serving and putting the baggies back in the box)!
The last tip, enjoy the company of friends and/or family when you are eating, is an important one. I am in Chicago for a meeting, so I ate dinner alone tonight. It’s not always possible to eat with others, but it does help us slow down and perhaps not overeat. If you live alone, maybe you could have a Skype dinner date with a friend or family member?
What other creative portion tips do you have to share?