Cut Down Your Portions Sizes With The Help of Smaller utensils
I never gave too much thought about how the size of my silverware impacts how much I eat during a meal, or my perception of portion size until arriving in Thailand. In fact, I was that person who looked for the largest spoon possible when eating ice cream in order to pack the most flavor into each bite….probably shouldn’t be admitting that, but hey, honesty is the best policy!
Anyways, when we arrived in Thailand I quickly noticed that the portion sizes and utensil sizes were much smaller than I’m use to seeing. I remember thinking, “Wow, no wonder Thai people are so tiny. They don’t eat much!”. At first I was saddened by the portion sizes, but also realized that Thai portion sizes more accurately represent how much food we should be consuming in comparison to American portion sizes. The utensil sizes also compliment the portion sizes. For example, when ordering ice cream you will most likely receive one small scoop, but you also receive an incredibly tiny spoon to accompany your ice cream.
learning lessons with ice cream
The first time I got a scoop of ice cream complete with child sized spoon I was extremely disappointed. The look on my face had to have been similar to that grumpy cat people use to constantly post pictures of. (If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about please refer to the picture on your right.) I was like “WHAT?”, but ate the ice cream anyways. As I took my teeny tiny bites of ice cream I became less irritated. It took so long to eat the ice cream that by the time I was done I felt like I had eaten a heaping bowl of ice cream. And guess what? I was satisfied! Crazy right?? One tiny scoop of ice cream made me feel just as satisfied as eating a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked. Amazing!
One Helpful Realization
I’ve decided that, for me, being satisfied with the portion size of my meal comes down to how quickly I eat, and using smaller utensils or chopsticks slow me down. I am much more mindful of how much I eat as well as how my food tastes. Not only did I eat my ice cream slower, but I enjoyed it that much more. For these reasons, if you’re like me, and struggle with portion size and eating too quickly I suggest that you try eating with smaller utensils or chopsticks. I bet you’ll notice a change in how much food you consume in one sitting too. Challenge: Try eating your next piece of cake with chopsticks and see how many pieces you have. I’m guessing it won’t be more than one respectable sized piece!
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