"The food was horrible…pause…and there was so little of it!"
At a White House luncheon last week, members of Congress complained when they were served small portions of food. Apparently, President Obama is tackling the problem of obesity, starting with the guests in his home.
A Matter of Size
Super-sized portions are an important reason why 66.3 percent of Americans are overweight. Large portions contribute directly to the number of calories we consume.
For most Americans, feeling satisfied and feeling stuffed are one and the same. But in many places, children are taught to leave the table feeling three-quarters full. In traditional societies, taking food from a shared dish helps to keep portions down. Do you remember the book, French Women Don’t Get Fat? It was about portion control.
The trick is to limit yourself to eating high-quality food that is fresh and well-prepared - and then to savor each and every bite, and relax! Eating is about the sharing and conversing in addition to the food.
Walk the Walk
You can train your body and mind to actually prefer small portions. Cut back gently. Acknowledge your fear. You can always have more… Practice these techniques and, in time, you will be happier eating less.
- Drink a glass of water before you eat and then sip water throughout your meal.
- Begin your meal with a broth-based soup to calm your appetite.
- Use a small plate, bowls and glasses, and then don’t fill them to the brim.
- Plate the food in the kitchen and keep the serving platters off the table.
- Don’t stop eating the food you love. Learn to relish a small amount instead.
- Eat slowly enough to give yourself the change to be satisfied with less.
- Serve more vegetables for your dining companions who think they need to eat more food.
Would you starve at a Congressional Luncheon? Have you trained yourself to eat less?
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