We decided to buy smaller dinnerware in order to help control our portions. We use 8" diametre plates for most of our meals, but because the plate is filled we don't feel like we are doing without. It's made a big difference, especially for meals like pasta.
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I packed away all my dinner plates, large bowls, super-sized mugs and other extra large dinnerware. Instead, I kept my salad plates, small bowls and regular sized mugs out. That way, when I fill a plate, I'm filling it with much less food. And, my smaller portions look larger on the smaller plate.
Most people think it's bad for you, but here's what it does: It forces you to think ahead of time what you will eat, and then pack it and take it with you. You can't change your mind for something less healthy, you can't go back to the fridge for "just one more" and you're limited to finger foods,
like cold meat strips, cheese sticks, small crackers, veggie strips and small fruits, like berries.
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