Portion Control

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2014-12-24 09:58:44 -0600
Started 2014-12-23 17:06:58 -0600

One of the hardest things I have had to practice on my diabetic diet is portion control. I have learned it is easier if I do not serve dinner family style. I now fix my plate in the kitchen and carry it to the dinner table. I am eating half the amount I used to eat, so my plan was to save the other half for my lunch the next day. Sounds like a plan, right? Wrong! What do you do when your husband eats 2 big portions of everything and then goes back and finishes off your next day's lunch? It's hard to get angry with him when he sits there rubbing his full tummy and complementing me on my cooking. LOL. I have gently hinted to him that portion control would be good for him, too, but so far it isn't sinking in. Maybe I need to gently hint with the frying pan.

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GabbyPA 2014-12-24 06:11:34 -0600 Report

Here is what I have done. I make up the second plate and put it straight away in the fridge. That way it's not hanging out there for him to gobble up. Sadly, I do this to keep me from gobbling up seconds I don't need. So you have a good thing going, just needs a tweak...better than a frying pan. LOL

lilleyheidi 2014-12-24 02:58:18 -0600 Report

I'm trying really hard to not giggle at your predicament as I say to myself "one more benefit of being single and living alone". HUGS and Have a happy Christmas and a Healthy 2015 Heidi

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Jibber Jabber 2014-12-23 18:19:22 -0600 Report

Congrats on your success at portion control…from personal experience…my hubby who is very much in shape would gently suggest portion control to me at certain times…not being rude or anything..I was much heavier when we married…but he was concerned for my health..and although I had been losing weight I was still indulging in unhealthy portions of some not so good for me foods…it took being diagnosed for me to start measuring everything..unfortunately that is the case with most people..If you are upset that the leftovers are not making it to lunch the next day..and concerned that the hubby is eating to much of your much loved food…the answer is just to cook less…as a mom of 4 including three grown boys..the idea of cooking less was foreign to me…in my house everyone had to walk away from the table stuffed and smiling with their pants button undone or I wasn't happy…If you are not getting the leftovers anyway…because the hubby is making sure there isn't any this seems like the route to go..

RebDee 2014-12-23 17:55:14 -0600 Report

Perhaps you should invest in a tiny refrigerator to put your leftovers so that he cannot eat them. I guess whatever is in the refrigerator is fair game to him. My husband's grandmother used to lock the refrigerator as there were so many people around the table that if someone went in and ate something that she had planned for a meal, there would not be enough. As for yourself, try a smaller plate. You are doing quite well for yourself but your husband has to learn to help you.

Glucerna 2014-12-23 17:41:50 -0600 Report

It's great that you're having such good success with portion control. Maybe you could hide your lunch in a part of the fridge where he won't look for it? Mine wouldn't think to open the vegetable crisper drawer. ~Lynn @Glucerna

BreC 2014-12-23 17:41:11 -0600 Report

Cooking becomes an if situation around here. We had planned to eat very light last night as in a salad or whatever didn't require turning on the stove. Then got a call that 2 of my grandsons wanted to stay over night. Had to feed them so husband got pizza, bread sticks, and sauce. I had 1/2 slice of pepperoni pizza and a small salad without dressing. An apple after dinner.

Pegsy 2014-12-23 17:12:26 -0600 Report

I have one of those husbands, LOL. What I do is dish up my portion. Then I dish up my lunch portion for the next day. He is free to consume what remains. I am also trying to learn to cook smaller meals so there isn't a lot leftover. Easier said than done.