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Portion Distortion

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I'm writing this because I suspect many of you will relate to it.

Last night I made pasta for dinner with a tomato and hamburg spaghetti sauce. I dutifully used my 9 inch plates like I always do. I didn't measure my portions though. I just eyeballed it. After a few bites I realized I didn't really feel like eating. Maybe it was the snack I had when I got home that killed my appetite, or maybe it was just because I've been feeling blah lately. Whatever the reason, I went to the cupboard and got a bowl for my leftovers. I was shocked to see how much was leftover! I had given myself a portion far bigger than I realized. No wonder I "wasn't hungry". The portion that had been on my plate had been HUGE and I hadn't even realized it. It was a flat plate and didn't look "that high" but when I saw it in the bowl I realized. Yowza!

I need to do a better job. Instead of eyeballing it, I need to really measure. Last night was an eye-opener for sure!
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  • v 4CYNDI
    Yeah, pasta is hard to "eyeball" for me too. Great job in stopping when you were full rather than forcing it all down.
    1357 days ago
  • v LOPEYP
    Some things are harder to eyeball than others. Pasta is definitely one of those. Go with the whole wheat pasta - you don't get more in a portion but it stays with you longer. emoticon
    1358 days ago
    I do not measure either, eyeballing can get us into trouble but I have faith that you will do better the next time. I have been feeling blah also....hope you blahness leaves soon.

    1358 days ago
    Portion size is a KILLER! My eyes always say "It's not that big" and the measuring cup says "Are you KIDDING me?!?". Sometimes I need to re-train my eyes by measuring for awhile!
    1358 days ago
    Pasta is so hard. I've started using our salad/dessert plates whenever I'm having pasta for dinner!
    1358 days ago
    Eyballing pasta is not good practice,lol...I found that out also.
    Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1358 days ago
  • v MINAH009
    i can eyeball pretty accurately but pasta I always measure because it's so difficult to "see". At least you stopped eating when you felt full. Listening to your body is just as important as accurate portion sizes :)
    1358 days ago
  • v AJB121299
    So true. It is important to measure
    1358 days ago
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