If you give me the whole plate of cookies, I will EAT the whole plate. If the Cheesecake Factory sends my meal out on a large plate, I will EAT the whole meal. If a whole tub of popcorn is nestled in my lap while watching a movie, I will EAT the whole tub. That’s just kinda the way it goes. I want it to be different. I want to have enough discipline to simply take a little nibbly bite and then pass it on, and ONCE IN A WHILE, I do, but mostly, if it’s there in front of me, it’s the whole deal.
I have a kitchen full of deliciously cute plates. They are heavy, different shapes, vibrant colors, and HUGE. When I put my little ½ cup of brown rice on one, it looks like an anthill in a very large world. It looks lonely, it needs more. My little scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream is drowning in my oversized square bowl – it needs another scoop to have a friend. Are you getting my point?…
I really think we all have good intentions about staying within a good portion size for our meals and snacks, really, I do. I know that I don’t WANT to eat the whole bag of chips, but sometimes I do because I make a HUGE mistake. The mistake lies in taking the whole bag of chips, opening it, keeping it next to me and dipping my well-meaning hand into it time after time after time… If it’s there, it’s hard to measure portion size.
So here’s the solution, you have to set yourself (and kitchen) up with the right equipment. In my kitchen, I have what I call my “snack bowls”. They are brightly colored and hold about 1 cup of anything.
I use them for little snacks, or treats that I know I deserve to nourish my body with, but at the same time, don’t want to consume the amount my relentless taste buds desire. I use them for cereal, watermelon, cottage cheese, pretzels, frozen yogurt, cucumber slices and anything else my little snacking heart desires. The key is to fill it, and don’t REFILL. Savor each little taste and make it last. This way, snacks are so much more enjoyable and satisfying and you set yourself up for success with portion size rather than the bottomless bowl of treats.