Portion Control
23 September, 2010
Portion Control

 

America is the most powerful, most fiscally abundant and most influential nation in the world. With that being said, Americans have the largest pant sizes in the world. How is this possible? How can Americans be so morbidly obese or overweight, and why are “lesser” nations better off physically than the rest?


The answer is simple: It is portion control! Anything in excess typically has no real benefits, especially when it comes to food, smoking, alcohol consumption…basically the point that

needs to get across is that Americans are gluttons, and just for food. Portion control is an understanding how much a serving size is and how many calories a serving contains. Portion control is important for weight management as the weight is defined by the total calorie intake. Healthy eating, using Aristotle’s philosophy, is the desirable middle between the extremes of excess and deficiency (over-eating and not eating enough), the “golden mean.” Portion control is eating a healthy balance of amount and types, of varied foods. The failure to control portions is often caused by emotional factors such as a depressed mood or boredom. To avoid overeating triggered by emotions, planning meals ahead and using smaller dishes may be helpful. Portion sizes can be estimated by using objects as a point of reference. One way of determining portion size is to compare hand size. For example a healthy serving of protein should not be larger than a palm size piece of meat. Carbohydrate servings such as pasta can be measured by fistfuls. A healthy serving of pasta should be one fistful. What I have noticed over the years after coming to Georgia on many occasions is that Georgians suffer the same disease. We are told to finish our plates of foods, always finish our glass of wine, and to smoke our cigarettes until there is nothing left to smoke. This is terrible! We need to control our portions. 3 glasses of wine or a couple beers are plenty. It’s okay to not finish your meal and take the rest or eat it later. Smoking half a cigarette and saving the rest for later isn’t a bad idea (although smoking in general is hazardous to your health, but let’s take baby steps, shall we?) We need to learn limits, to size our portions. When it comes to food, eat what you can and take a break for 10 min, see if you’re still hungry and want to finish your plate. Maybe you can eat the rest later. The more times a day you eat the faster your metabolism works and the more likely you are to maintain good health. Drinking is a huge problem. I cannot remember a time when I was at a Georgian dinner table and I was forced to drink down 10 glasses of wine. Why such peer pressure? I don’t want to drink so much, and neither should you. Alcohol, especially un-portioned amounts can be detrimental to your health and is a precursor to most liver and kidney diseases. Why cause yourself such unnecessary harm and strife? Smoking is a whole other can of worms that I will touch on in our next session together. Take portion control seriously. When you’re hungry, eat until you’re full, this doesn’t mean eat everything on your plate because mommy told you that you’d have a pretty wife someday if you cleaned your plate now. Set folklore aside and learn some discipline and turn your metabolism into a machine that helps you stay healthy.

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