Swap The Fancy Large Dishes For Smaller Portion Sized Ones
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Have you noticed that the dinner plates just keep getting larger? When your plate or bowl are large you tend to fill it up. We switched to eating off of salad plates and I bought smaller bowls to eat out of in order to keep our portion sizes in control.
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If you want a serving of ice cream or other indulgence, try using an old coffee
cup (not the "mega-mugs" so common now) or other similar dish as a bowl. I have an old set of dishes where the coffee cups are 8 ounces. It's easier to estimate the appropriate portion size with smaller dishes. You can also use other non-traditional dishes/containers that hold less than today's larger plates/bowls/mugs. Goodwill and antique stores may have smaller dishes, just be sure that anything you use is LABELED SAFE FOR FOOD, so that you aren't exposed to unsafe coatings or dyes.
Not an earth-shaking suggestion, but having a "special" container helps make smaller portions look better and helps train the eye to recognize what appropriate portion sizes look like.
Went shopping about a month ago and bought a new set of dishes. I picked out the regular (big) size dinner plates but also got smaller plates as well. Now my husband can still fill his large plate and my son and I only use the smaller ones. It keeps my portion sizes in check and I do not feel deprived visually because my plate is still full of food! It has worked wonderfully!
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