I eat air popped popcorn BEFORE going to a family dinner or any kind of large dinner where I will be tempted with lots of food. By the time I get there, I am already feeling full and so, don't overeat.
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When serving your food, put your portions on a salad or dessert plate, the plate looks as though it is full of food, sending a message to the brain that there is more than enough to eat.. You will actually find yourself feeling full before your plate is empty!4
This has greatly helped me in my quest for portion control! In fact, I have begun serving my whole family from salad plates and only use the dinner plates for large family dinners!
When I'm baking rolls for my family's dinner, I also slide in a little pan of vegetables to roast for me. I especially love blanched brussels sprouts with olive oil just spritzed on them, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Carrots are amazing roasted a bit, too, with some onion slices.
I enjoy them instead of the rolls and don't feel deprived! Extras go in a lunch baggie for work the next day.
Dealing with huge portions of healthy food. I ordered an Asian chicken salad with dressing on the side and got a portion big enough for a family dinner. I eyed where the 1/2 way point would be stopped eating and boxed the rest for lunch today!
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