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Use a Smaller Plate

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Have you noticed how HUGE the dinner plates are these days? They are twice the size they used to be. Just like everything else. My mother-in-law bought me some small dessert plates for Christmas and they are actually the perfect size for dinner. I keep my portions low in order to fit everything on the plate. Try using a smaller dinner plate and see how much less you eat and realize you don't need any more.

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I completely agree! If I have a large bowl I always feel like I need to 'fill it up'. I use to use large bowls for serving pasta and have now downsized to smaller bowls. We just didnt need to eat so much food at the end of the day and it was expanding the tummys and waist lines. :)

I love this small practical idea and know it has helped me cut down the volume of food I eat at night.

June 29, 2009 - 2:24pm

This is a simple, yet brilliant suggestion. (The best kind!)

There's something about the pace of eating that changes on a large plate, I think. In addition to taking larger portions, I think we eat faster and somehow enjoy less. The "salad" plates that came with a recent set of dishes I received as a present for Christmas are nearly 9" across (8 3/4"). The dinner plates are the regular size of 11". I believe I'll start thinking of that extra 2" as an extra 2" around my waist!!!

Thank you for your idea. Now if we can just get restaurants to follow suit...

June 29, 2009 - 7:52am
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