Thursday, February 16, 2012
It's no secret that portion sizes at restaurants have grown, and that the plate in front of me is usually two or three meals worth of food. Especially when I am so careful about my portion sizes and dish sizes at home, it can be far too easy to forget that I've got three times the amount of food in front of me that I'm used to and over-eat to not just a diet-killing but a stomach-aching degree.
The best solution I've found for this is when I order a meal, ask for a to-go box to come with it. If it doesn't come with my plate, I'll ask the waitress again for a to-go box right away. I'll empty half (or more) of my plate into the box before I've ever eaten a bite, and get a much more reasonable portion size in front of me.
That way, I'm not tempted to eat more than I should either because I can't tell how much I've actually gone through or because it's "there" and I just keep picking at it.
Putting the extra portions away at the very beginning ensures that I only eat as much as I intend to and get the satisfied feeling of a clean plate. I also have the bonus of an extra meal or two without any additional cost! It's a great way to keep from over-doing it on those rare nights out.