Monday, July 19, 2010
All those things you hear about stocking your kitchen with smaller plates and training yourself to recognize portion sizes with your hand, fist, etc. are a good thing. Because, when you go out to eat, like all the news tells you... those portion sizes in restaurants? Bigger all the time. And those portion size rules of thumb work.
My daughter in law and I went out to dinner on Saturday, kind of in honor of my son's birthday, even though he couldn't be with us. We're following those orders he left us to check up on each other.
We chose a relatively healthy restaurant: Olive Garden. I figured I get the salad undressed and watch my portion size, I'll be fine. And I picked a nice, healthy options: capellini pomodoro (angel hair pasta in a tomato-basil sauce). I had a craving for pasta, it sounded perfect.
And it was... but when the plates arrived, I did my little "a cup is the size of your fist" comparison, I could easily see that there were about 3 cups of pasta on that plate! I immediately cut the plate in thirds, isolating what I would eat from what I would take home for later. Then I concentrated on conversing, and ate slowly, sipping water in between bites.
When I got home, I looked it up on line: and discovered that the entire portion, according to their own web site, would have been 800 calories, or nearly half of my usual daily maintenance level. As it was, I was able to be satisfied and even have a small dolcini (240 calorie splurge), and feel good about the experience.
I ate "enough", and got my take-home box for the rest. I had half of the leftovers last night... and enjoyed every bite. I fully intend to finish it tonight... another satisfying meal to look forward to. Guess you could consider it eating out like a turtle?