food portions

By ramemich Latest Reply 2009-03-31 10:41:39 -0500
Started 2009-03-08 14:09:42 -0500

been through food management course
but cant believe food portions are correct
being 70 yrs old dont believe in
portion sizes
although have cut down on alot of stuff love to eat
but i would like to discuss food portions

14 replies

MeiMei 2009-03-31 10:30:13 -0500 Report

Recent studies have proven that with age we need to decrease our caloric intake drastically. This decrease will increase our lifespan greatly as well as controlling our disease as well as preventing it to begin with.

SkipT 2009-03-21 19:52:32 -0500 Report

For portion control I use a 7" salad plate to eat on. Not the 12" giant we used to use. It will surprise you to see that you will feel full eating off a plate this size. Also, put away the food that is left over BEFORE you start to eat and you won't be tempted to go back for seconds.

caspersmama 2009-03-31 10:41:39 -0500 Report

I also eat on a salad plate. 1/2 is veggies or salad, 1/4 is protein and 1/4 is a carb. Has been working for me since November when I got off of insulin. This morning Bs was 77. Went to bed it was 132.

Cyberia3716 2009-03-21 17:20:53 -0500 Report

Portion size is definitely a area were i need practice! I need to keep out my measuring cups and learn to cook smaller portions. In the past when my children were younger I cooked for 5 daughters and my husband. Now its just me and my hub. So cooking larger amounts is no longer necessary. Learning to cook only one portion per person for two people has been a challenge for me.

GabbyPA 2009-03-08 15:05:51 -0500 Report

Portion control is my goal this year. Last year, after I was diagnosed, I just dumped the bad stuff, but still ate until I was full. I was able to loose weight that way, and it kept me from feeling like I was starving. So this year I am learning to take ONE serving. I often measure my foods, but still go back for more. So now I am working on the is helping. I find I do have to snack between meals to keep me from going nutty, but it is working. And as I get used to smaller portions, my weight and numbers will continue to improve.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-03-08 14:32:08 -0500 Report

Food portions are on of the most important keys to learning to eat healthier. In a society where we have "super-sized" everything, our eyes have been deceived. We must relearn what a healthy portion size really looks like.

There are two tips I've heard that seem to really help. First, over the years as our portion sizes have grown, so has the size of the average dinner plate. If you will use a smaller plate (maybe like a salad plate), your portions don't look so tiny on an enormously over-sized plate. Second, use measuring cups instead of serving spoons when serving your food. Then you will know precisely how much is in your serving.

sparkysmom 2009-03-08 14:34:09 -0500 Report

Good idea I'm going to try the measuring cup thing. Thanks John.

aprile 2009-03-21 09:16:07 -0500 Report

When my fiance wanted to lose weight several years ago, he ate from a salad plate to control his portions. As a result, he lost 60 pounds.

I'm doing that now. But it seems even though I'm eating less pasta, my bs is still not where I want it to be. This is very frustrating. Maybe you can give me some tips.

rbergman 2009-03-21 09:35:56 -0500 Report

When our daughter was put on a lower carb diet, we were given a book by the dietitian about counting carbs, its very simple to understand and for foods like spaghetti, for instance, it says 1 cup of noodles (cooked). That doesn't sound like much but once you put them in the measuring cup then dump it on the plate there are more noodles there than you would think. In 6wks time she has lost just over 11 lbs. by following her diet plan. I recently started following the same plan set up for her and have lost a couple pounds already myself. I have also found that in the 6wks she has been doing it she eats less and feels full sooner, sort of like her stomach has shrank. I haven't achieved this yet myself but now if I get the urge to eat when I shouldn't or more than I should, I go outside and walk around or find something to do to get my mind off the food, but I have to get out of the house or it doesn't work, if inside I head straight for the kitchen lol