Portion sizes

@Anne18 (11034)
April 9, 2012 11:32am CST
You read an awful lot these days about portion siz and what is meant ot be a proper size portion size of meat, veg etc that yuo should be having on your plate. Wouldn't it be nice for a food doctor to come into our houses for a whole day and cook and dish up a whole days meals in the correct portion sizes so we could actually see what a proper portion is meant to be on our plates
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@celticeagle (122950)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Apr 12
It would be nice to have a doctor come right into our homes. THey do cooking on some of the doctor shows. Dr. Oz and another one I can't think of its name right now. And doctors used to make house calls years ago. Not anymore. I would hate to get that bill!
@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
I don't want a bill either!! In england they do cooking shows on how to cook properly and how to eat proper size meals etc. i think lots of people have lost what is the correct amount to eat
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@Hatley (164266)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Apr 12
and what happens when I go to a restaurrant as I cannot begin to eat all that food and as a diabetic I have to ask for a doggie bag and take half of it home for another meal lol.
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@celticeagle (122950)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Apr 12
I know I have. We have cooking shows here that do the same thing.
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@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Hi Anne, I'm not a big believer in any "proper" portion size. I have heard stories where if you serve on smaller plates, the portions appear bigger. But as far as I am concerned, I don't eat with my eyes (not much nutrition in that), and I don't want some "expert" telling me what my stomach does a good job of. When I'm full, my stomach sends a signal to my brain to tell my arm to stop raising food to my mouth, and to stop masticating. Besides for whom are these portions proper? If you examine two 90 kilo males, and one is a bicycle messenger and the other is an accountant, the bike messenger will burn more calories in 8 hours that need to be restored. So which one is considered proper? And if you limit your portion size and the person is still hungry, would that not entice them to snack on other food? Pretty much I don't agree when the "experts" tell me something is good for me. Life is hazardous to your health, that's a known fact. And the experts seem to have a different opinion every day. And the experts know this anyway, that is why the line "the practice of medicine is not an exact science" is present on every medical consent form. The experts also have a track record of being wrong. William Conrad Roentgen discovered X-ray in 1895. Does a great job of imaging bone, and some "experts" used it for other things, like curing ringworm and measuring feet for shoe fit. Oh, then they found out x-radiation causes cancer....oops..better stop using it for treating ringworm. I need doctors for treating any medical condition that may arise, but when they start showing up at my dinner table uninvited, I have a real problem with that! Anyway now that I am done ranting...nice to hear from you again Anne!
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@petersum (4525)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Well said! Food is there to be enjoyed.
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@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
I shall have to agree with you jj. And petersum here here I agree with you as well. Well said.
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@jjzone44 (917)
• United States
10 Apr 12
I couldn't agree more petersum, and may I add Life is here to be enjoyed, as we are not guaranteed the next second!
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@laken02 (3067)
• United States
9 Apr 12
that is why i like the biggest loser show they are always talking about portion size and on some occasions they will bring the great chef curtis stone in and he will teach on these subjects and he is very good at it.. i know portion size counts when trying to lose weight i am trying to cut back on portion size now..
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@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
I loved the biggest loser, my children also like ot watch that show. It was a real shame about Angie the trainer taking her life, I really admired her, I did read up about her sometime last year as I wanted ot know more about her and she had led a very troubled life. Hope she is at peace with herself now. I also like Supersize super skinny. I'm very thin and my hubby says I could go on there. Love it when they go to Us to visit all these overweight people. Although they are very overweight I do admire them for coming on the show and showing the overweight english people what could happen if they keep eating like they do.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
I don't know is Angie took over from a person called Jillian. I konw that she was the trainer last year along side Richard Callender (the black trainer). she did mess up on the show and I think that was why she wasn't asked back to od this years show and another blond lady, very pretty took over her role and they also brought in another trainer for this year Killer Rob with a bald head. Angie jumped off Beachy Head. It is sad when people feel they have to end there own lives
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• Canada
10 Apr 12
I agree with you that portion size is something we need to control... and I learned this in a big way when I went to Weight Watchers years ago. I think the reason a lot of people don't do well with portion control is because it can be such a hassle. When you have to weigh or measure things, it takes even more time to get a meal on the table. In WW, they taught us to eyeball food... as others have said, a meat/protein portion would be about the size of a deck of standard playing cards. Make a fist and that is approximately one portion of fruit (so, when they say to have one apple, it's not an apple the size of a bowling ball ). If we can use these simple techniques, we might not be getting an EXACT portion but we will certainly be a lot closer than just filling up our plates without thinking. One of the areas people seem to have the most trouble controlling portions is starches... rice, pasta, etc. I mean, a portion or serving size of cooked pasta is actually 1/2 cup. Try putting 1/2 cup of cooked spaghetti on a dinner plate and see if that looks like your idea of a meal That's why places like WW encourage us to put a correct portion of meat on the plate and fill the rest as much as we want with veggies or salad. We eat with our eyes just as much as our stomachs ... and a full plate looks like "oh wow, I'm having a lot to eat!"
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
Love your reply, so many good points etc. Thank you for sharing
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• Canada
11 Apr 12
Thank you so much, Anne... you are certainly very kind!
@GardenGerty (112443)
• United States
10 Apr 12
There are actually plates that have dividers or lines for portion sizes of various foods. In the US they are using a picture of a plate as a guide for choosing the right portions.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
A divider would be great as I'm not into weighting food out and a picture always looks so different
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@GardenGerty (112443)
• United States
12 Apr 12
You could possibly find a plate like this online. I have not looked. May be called "The Perfect Plate."
• United States
10 Apr 12
I try to limit my portion sizes if I can when I eat because I really don't want to gain weight again. I was once overweight and obese, and I never want to go back to that.
@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
Well done on loosing all that weight and I know that you will be able to keep the weight off for good
@cerebellum (3870)
• United States
10 Apr 12
I try and watch portion sizes, but can't always do it. It would be nice to have someone come in and do it for me. Some labels will say the portion should be 1/4 cup or something like that and I am too lazy to measure it out. Also some labels will say calories per serving, but the serving is half of a candy bar. Who eats half? Not me that's for sure.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
Glad that you enjoy your candy bard. Some labels are confusing and misleading to read regarding calories and servings
• United States
10 Apr 12
they put to much on portion sizes just eat more fruits and veg's and less starch and sugar and meat and portion sizes will not matter.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
I'm all into my friut and veggies
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
10 Apr 12
It's actually quite easy. Buy a kitchen scale. Also as a rule, half the plate should be veggies, 1/4 of the plate starches and 1/4 protein. A normal serving of protein is the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand. You can eat all the veggies you want. Veggies are healthy, full of fiber and low in calories.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
Veggies and fruit is what I live on, and some bread egg and cheese. I do have scales to weigh out my porriage amount in the mornings and to cook cakes etc for the family.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
10 Apr 12
When my mother was still alive, her doctor would advise her that her meat portions should be no bigger than a matchbox. My mother, out of her good humor, asked him what kind of matchbox since we do have the big boxes and not the small ones here. The doctor laughed and said, okay, the size of your ATM card then. I don't believe in portioning. I am more into common sense when it comes to food. Imagine having a family of four and you're the cook and you have to measure and scoop each plate just to adhere to what is recommended by nutritionists. Food is meant to nourish. We get fat when we abuse food and more often than not, we know when we have had enough. We just don't stop. This is where the common sense comes in. You know how many calories a piece of fried chicken is, but you eat more than two pieces (plus all the sides). Then you add dessert. Imagine how many calories that is. I think the portion sizes are just a guide. It's still up to us to really "portion" what we eat.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
Yes common sense is very good but I think a lot of people have lost or mislaied that part of the common sense so that is why they invented the portion size and guide ot try and help us out. Love your motheres sense of humor
@dream_ozn (1757)
• Singapore
10 Apr 12
that is a really nice suggestion. However, it would be even better if the cook comes in at no cost!
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
Yes i wasn't thinking of paying anyone, the doctor could come free on the NHS
• Philippines
10 Apr 12
Well so nice if the doctor came to my house and cook and prepare food for us.It is nice thing to do and very appreciated.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
As longs as the doctor cooked food that I like and din't make me et any meat or fish. Lots of veggies etc would be find by me
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
9 Apr 12
Healthy eating plate - A cute and silly way to know how much to eat!
How about if get a plate like I had when I was little with the sections in it? That way I would know the right size. Or, sometimes, I just use a smaller plate so it will look fuller and I will eat less.
@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
I use a smaller plate than the other memebers of the family so I don't put too much on my plate. Would like a plate with sections on it, would be so much easier than weighing the foods etc
@Hatley (164266)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Apr 12
hi anne I think if you go to AmericanDiabetesAssc.org you can find pictures of a plate with the proper sized portions of meat, veggies fru it and bread. a portion of meat we are taught is the size of a deck of playing cards.as I remember also we were taught to divide our plate in fourths and meat was one fourtth,bread one foruthl,fruit and veggie the other two fourhts of the plate. There is a lot of things about food in the diabetes site that workd for anyone. the diabetic diet is the same diet we are all told to eat for health sakes. strong on veggies and fruits,lean meat, and whole grain bread.fruits preferably for desserts.
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@Anne18 (11034)
11 Apr 12
Thanks for the link, I have seen a cardboard cut out of what we should be eating but would be nice to actually see it on a plate I'm very strong on my veggies
@beenice2 (2564)
• Canada
9 Apr 12
We have to be the judge of all that and have a balance view of what a meal has to be, if you are spending the same amount of energy we are eating in a day noboday would get fat.
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@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
Too true
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
9 Apr 12
It would be great, except the doctors don't have a clue! LOL!!! They make all these informed statements about how we should eat and what we should eat and then a few weeks later they change their minds. I recently went to a new doctor (my clinic goes through them like most people go through Kleenex) and of course we discussed the medications and other things I am taking. I take vitamins too, and confessed that to the doctor. He sat there and LAUGHED at me. I was informed that I was NOT to take anymore vitamins as I get them in my food; and that vitamins are a total waste of money. The doctor before him told me to take calcium and Vitamin D to name a couple. The next doctor I saw was my pain doctor. During the pre-visit update I told them that I wasn't taking the vitamins anymore. The doctor came in, saw that and had a fit!!! He promptly told me to get back on the vitamins and stay on them no matter what. It's the same thing with portion sizes. What one doctor would consider the right size the next one would think it was either too big or two small. With the medical profession you can't win for losing! The other thing is the doctors who aren't married are the ones you find in various restaurants chowing down on the most awful food that they wouldn't recommend to their patients. I think doctors take a class on being "important" and sounding "important". They're the ones that I like to pull the rug out from under. I've done it to many doctors during my life and will continue to do it to the rest of the medical profession as long as I can do it.
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@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
I agree with your comments and thank you for sharing them with us and showing different views and ways at looking at this discussion. Yes doctors do seem to change there minds on a weekly basis about what is good for us and not good for us. And yes different doctors do think and tell us different things!
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@Torrs13 (217)
• United States
9 Apr 12
I think it's interesting how different our eating habits have become over the past century. Fast food has especially made matters worse for eating. It seems that "super sized" meals are turning up everywhere. Not to mention the fact that restaurants have meals with loaded calories. I think it would be a good idea for restaurants to serve half-portions or lunch portions all day so that people don't have massive amounts of food sitting in front of them. On the other hand, I think schools need to start teaching portion control in health classes during school.
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@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
We have a cafe that will serve a small portion of anything which is very good in our town. Yes schools should start teaching portion sizes as well and fast food places etc should stop asking you and serving would you like ot supersize
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@almond24 (1248)
• Hungary
9 Apr 12
I wonder if that ideal portion is really what someone needs. But i agree it would be good to know what they mean by a portion. I heard that one portion of food should be equal to the size of everyone's own fist or palm. But I never tried how much it is actually.
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@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
I have never tried either, I just put on the plates what I think best, so sometimes sepending on what I have cooked etc I let the children and hubby dish up what they want, that way they take what they want and should be able ot eat what is on there plates without leaving anything
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• United States
9 Apr 12
I am not sure many of the doctors that I know would even know where to start in cooking healthy meals! lol!They eat on the run so much or have their wives cook it! They may not know - but I would like for a nutritionist or someone like Jillian Michaels to come do that for me for a day or two!
@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
Yes doctors do eat on the go and I'm sure very sure that they don't practice what they preach!!LOL I would like a nutritionist as well, see what they think to our eating habits. Bet they fall off the wagon every now and again
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• United States
9 Apr 12
Yes it would be nice. But if we could go to that extreme we best hope we also don't have anything further in our home, to avoid temptation as we are so used to bigger portions. This in a way is why I stopped watching Oprah years ago as she was sharing her diet secrets about how her personal chef makes this or that for her. I don't have a personal chef to cook healthy or smack my hand any time I wonder into the kitchen when it's meal time, I don't have that kind of money.
@Anne18 (11034)
9 Apr 12
But we are meant to have these foods in our house and not to be tempted! Part of living, they teach you that on the biggest loser that is how thnigs are in the real world. I also don't have the money to do that either, I was just day dreaming how nice it would be. I'm skinny, very skinny but I do love ot watch all the food shows and thw weight issue ones
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