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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lunch Portions

I went with some work friends out to eat for our first day back to work after Christmas break.  I had eaten at the restaurant for lunch many years ago.  My recollection was that it was a cheap place to eat but not enough food.  The lunch plate is "small" (aka right size) and not flowing over like a lot of other Chinese restaurants. 

So after we ordered our food, I discussed how at lunch a person doesn't get a lot to eat here like other Chinese restaurants.  When the lunch plates were served, I looked at mine and said, "Wow, that is a lot of food."  My friends agreed with me that we had plenty to eat for lunch.  I said that the restaurant had closed to remodel and had possibly revamped their portions. 

Then, after I was reflecting on that experience last night, I thought maybe it was just me.  When I was extremely obese, did that lunch plate not seem or feel like enough? I was used to shoveling food in without enjoying or thinking about the experience.  The portions may still be the same as they were years ago.  I didn't eat even half of my main entree.  The waitress kept trying to convince me to take my lunch leftovers home with me.  I only indulge in Chinese food once every few months, so I told her no thank you.


  1. Great choice in leaving the leftovers. You have made such amazing progress on your journey. And I wouldn't be surprised if it's you that's changed and not the portion sizes. Your eyes are seeing things in a more realistic way now.

  2. Thanks Michelle, I believe you may be right about the portion size and I'm the one that has changed. It is such a challenging journey but one that is worth it :)

  3. I think our perceptions of what is the "right" amount changes over time. Most Americans see portions as about right, when medical professionals tell us that these larger sized portions contribute to our obesity as a nation. You have obviously learned what is appropriate and that is to be celebrated!