So how big is yours? How do you typically decide how much of a certain food is right for you?
Many factors impact the portion sizes we choose, including how much we normally eat, how hungry we feel, how much we enjoy that particular food,and how much food is available. I was thinking back to meals at my Grandparents house, they would have a Sunday joint of meat and my Grandad would carve it, we all had meat on out plate but he didn’t keep carving until the joint had gone. The next day we would have some more of the joint served cold with pickles, potatoes, vegetables and leftover gravy. If there was any of the joint left it was minced into rissoles for the following day. Nowadays it seems we carve it all and eat it at one meal – regardless of how big it was.
Research shows that our environment has a big impact on how much we eat. The more food we have on our plate, the more we eat. This is challenging because food packages, plate sizes and restaurant meals keep growing!
Studies have found that some items at fast-food restaurants are now five times larger than they were two decades ago. As are the size of the plates we currently use. One of the major differences in the way we eat to most of the rest of the world is how we serve our food – typically we pile ours on the plate, thereby implying, this IS your portion,whereas our friends in lots of other countries serve food in serving bowls in the center of the table and in front of you is an empty plate. This works on many levels, we are influenced by what others think so are more inclined to put less on our plate, and often no second helpings!
Being intentional about portion sizes and choosing ones that are right for you is key to staying within your daily budget.
We often think of measuring portions as something we do to “rein it in.” But we can also think about controlled portion sizes as a way for us enjoy foods we love.
We all get to decide what portions are right for us. For example, some of us may think 30g of rice is just right, while others may feel 60g is their perfect portion.
A “right-for-you” portion size is the amount of a certain food that satisfies you and helps you stay within your Budget.
So how do you measure your right-for-you portions at home? How many of you actually know what 30 g or even 60 g looks like? How can you be sure? The obvious answer is a reliable set of food scales!
So what strategies can help you estimate portion sizes at restaurants and parties? No scales or spoons there! (Practiced eye) You can only use this strategy if you regularly check your portions at home! Our portion size will ultimately determine our physical size, so if you’re serious about making a change getting these right is vital to your success.