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Plate Revelation

Friday, May 10, 2013

I have used a 9 inch plate until I broke it by accident, it did not bounce and smashed when it hit the kitchen floor.
So I used the plates I had and did my best to keep to the same portion size. Guess what happened? Yes you go it my portions grew.
Then I found a book in a charity shop you can get it on Amazon as well

I started reading it and was amazed at how things have changed over the decades. The average size plate in the 1960's was between 8.5 - 9 inches and depending what you ate the average amount of food you placed onto it was around 810 calories. Slowly plate sizes increased along with the amount of added food to the plate, now we have 12 inch plates than can hold a whopping 1870 calories.

So my plate that I used after breaking my lovely 9 inch plate has managed to trick my eyes into increasing the portion size. Yes it is my fault not the plates but we all do it.
Put a the average portion onto a large 12 inch plate and it looks lost so what do we do? add a little more of course. Result is either no weight loss or weight gain.

So today I went on the hunt for a new 9 inch plate that was not a stupid price and boy was it a hunt. They now call the 9 inch plates Salad plates and are 22cm (8.5 inches) and are silly prices. So off I went to find a charity shop and looked at their plates. Plenty of 10 inch plates and lots of 12 inch plates but no Salad plates were to be found. Then finally I walked into a charity shop and there on the shelf were three Salad plates with the measurements in the back 22cm (8.5 inches) at 50pence each I bought all three.

So now I am re-reading my book and making notes, it does not tell you what to eat or how much to eat. What it does is tell you how we have all become accustomed to the larger portions that we see as normal today, and how this has helped us to eat more and in many cases gain weight.
There are tips on committing to the 9 inch plate and I will be implementing them none are hard they are mainly common sense but it is funny how we all think we are being deprived when we see a smaller portion. The book is American based not UK based but we are doing the same things, increasing our portion sizes and our plate size.

In fact the plates I bought as a set two years ago are larger than the old plates I was replacing. Dinner plates were larger, side plates bigger and cereal bowl really deep all helping me increase the amount I added to them without even thinking about it. No wonder my weight went up and I was doing it without even realising it.
So new plate new commitment and new me on the way.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRUCKERSMRS 5/11/2013 12:10PM

    OMG I'm horrified! I've just measured our plates. Our general dinner plates and side plates are oval. The dinner plate is 14" x 10"!!! The side plates are 12" x 8.5". We've been using these for the last 10 years and they've frequently been full!
I know I like my food but ...... emoticon

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NELLIEH1 5/11/2013 7:36AM

    Great idea! It has really helped my DH and me to have smaller plates, too. They look so full and inviting...never miss the huge ones anymore. emoticon

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NASFKAB 5/10/2013 7:36PM

  great thoughtful blog thanks

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AUNTIEANNE22 5/10/2013 3:40PM

  All of my dinner plates are antiques, so they are of a smaller size. I purposely buy old plates and only those made in America. I love the old floral patterns. I always pay attention to portion size when I make a recipe. I need to replace the battery in my food scale, but I do use my measuring cups. Peter is always dishing up way to much ice cream. I actually use a 1/2 cup measure.

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MATTEROFHEART 5/10/2013 3:22PM

    That is why I measure everything that I put on my plate! It is too hard to eyeball it! I'm like you...I just filled up whatever size plate I used without even thinking about it!

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NEWCHINELO 5/10/2013 12:25PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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TRUCKERWIFE2 5/10/2013 12:22PM

    The Super Size me attitude both countries have ruined out waistlines. A couple of years ago the Titanic Museum exibit came to a nearby town and I was amazed on how small the plate sizes were for the different classes of passengers. They were so much more active and yet the plate sizes were so small. You would think they would starve for what little they ate. We could learn a lot from them. emoticon

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