Now most grown folk have a bit more control than to eat until we regurgitate, but I guarantee the majority of people who attend a buffet eat more than they should and frequently feel “stuffed”. Haven’t you heard people say “I’m gonna get my money’s worth.” When we lived in North Carolina, there was an establishment that we affectionately called the ‘golden trough’ – yes, like a pig trough. It was absolutely disgusting to see people waddle back and forth from the buffet with mounds and mounds of food that they would sit and indulge in.
All-you-can-eat establishments are by far the extreme. My husband and I have sworn off most buffets for other reasons (ever wonder how many people wash their hands between using the restroom and touching serving utensils?), but occasionally we will attend a nice brunch. But when we do, we pay close attention to portions.
Most of us today have no concept of what a healthy portion looks like, particularly as consumers demand more for their money. This whole issue of portion distortion has lead to an entire generation that cannot tell what a normal serving is and what has been super-sized. Check out this link that compares a few food items, showing what portions were like 20 years ago!! Amazing how much more food we consume today.
While there are some tools that suggest using body parts as surrogate measuring tools, you have to be careful. So 1 cup is the size of your fist?? Check out the size difference between my fist and that of Chef Jeff's below. What serving size would you choose? In my estimation, it’s better to use inanimate objects for the portion test; things whose size remains relatively stable. Check out this downloadable guide from LiveBetterAmerica.
Try it, even if you do it for just a day. You might be surprised!
Let us know what tools you use to manage your portions.
~One drop of knowledge can ripple through an entire community.