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Portion distortion on a Plate

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just a quick observation I had last night while filling my dinner plate.

We BBQ'd, it was a BEAUTIFUL night!!! My hunny grilled burgers, hot dogs, (chicken breasts and steak for meals later in the week). There were 2 different bags of chips, corn on the cob and pasta salad.

I was proactive, I had a veggie burger (no bun) instead of beef and since I love hot dogs I was going to allow myself just one, on a bun with sauerkraut! Nom Nom.

As I started to put the food on my plate, my veggie patty, hot dog on a bun and an ear of corn, the things I know I wanted to eat.......I realized there was no room for anything else. I thought to myself "hmmmmmm is this going to be enough? I'll come back for the salad and chips after I finish this first"

As I sat eating, it dawned on me that what was on my plate was enough. Portion wise it was right, nutritionally I admit it could have been better. However, it wasn't a plate of crap.

After my meal I was full. I did not get up and refill my plate. I did not obsess about what I was missing out on eating. I relaxed and enjoyed the time with my family and decided to be proud that I exercised portion control with success.

Oh I should add that I have to pat myself on the back for buying the 8.5 inch paper plates instead of the monster ones. Who knows how my meal choices may have turned out then?
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