Healthy Eating: What a Difference a Plate Makes


We’ve used smaller plates at Green Mountain for years. The fact is, when you have a regular size portion on the humongous plates that are the rage these days, well, it looks paltry. Deprivation sets in immediately.

I thought this recent post by nutritionist colleagues was great in showing the difference a plate — and bowl — makes.

This brings me to a recent discussion we had on our alumnae support board about portion size. The question was whether portion size information was inherently depriving.

My answer: It’s all in how you use it. We recommend using portion size information to help us get started. Sometimes when we’re trying to eat well, we actually underfeed ourselves. Then that leads to overeating most of the time.

If we start with standard portion sizes, then use our hunger cues (mindful eating) to help us decide if it’s too much, if it’s just right as it is, or whether we need more, then portion size information can be a useful tool. If we use it as a limit — ‘that’s all we can have’ — then obviously, it has great potential to become deprivative.

Commonly thought of as a diet technique, portion size information, like other ‘diet techniques,’ can be made into an intuitive eating tool with the right attitude.

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