Sunday, November 30, 2014
Some tips from Brian Wansink, PhD on Mindless Eating:
1. Serve meals on nine- to ten-inch plates. Any smaller and you'll be going back for seconds; larger, and you'll pile on more to begin with.
2. Take the serving bowls off the table! The only exception: the ones containing vegetables.
3. Drink from a skinny glass. Your mind perceives height more readily than width, so you'll think you had more.
4. Choose a small serving spoon: In one Cornell study, participants ate 11 percent less ice cream when they used a petite scoop.
5. Control your environment—if the room in which you eat is too bright and loud, or too dark and quiet, you'll tend to eat more because you become overstimulated or linger too long at the table.
Number 1 (9-10 inch plates)
For myself I do prefer smaller plates. Smaller plates would work well to fit more folks at the table. :)
Number 2 Serving bowls off the table.
Did this by accident at Thanksgiving as we had limited space on the table and I did my my flowers and candle on the table. For meals, normally I serve plates with appropriate portion size. Seconds are available if I made them, but I usually just cook enough.
Number 3 Skinny Glass
I have a glass that I prefer to drink from. It is like a stemmed old fashioned glass. Great for an upscale effect for lemon water or a vodka tonic. So I sort of have this one.
Number 4 Small Serving Spoon
Now this one surprised me, because I hadn't thought about it. My sis brought some "serving utensils" That I thought were outrageously huge, more like for cooking huge vats of food. So I can see how this one works. Smaller serving spoon smaller portion.
Number 5 Control your environment
Um... 12.5 folks crowded into a 12x16 room? Oh nevermind. Normally for we still have family dinners and sit down at the table. No TV. I should take time to at least light a candle and make the environment more peaceful to aid in slowing down and being mindful during dinner. Breakfast and lunch are still seated but not as mindful. Need to work on this.