My, how you’ve grown!

Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) release an infographic detailing the change in portion size at restaurants over the last 60 years.  The numbers are astonishing & they don’t like. As the portion sizes of food have skyrocketed, so have the waistlines of most Americans.  Here’s a breakdown of the infographic:

  • Limit the amount of times you dine out of the home: Bring your lunch to work during the week.  Make dining out special by saving it for a weekend night.   If you dine out for lunch, look for the ‘lunch sized’ portion, which is smaller AND less expensive!
  • Choose the smaller size:  Sure, the ‘value  meal’ may seem like a good buy, but it costs you more in the long run: extra calories, fat, carbs, sodium can all lead to dire health consequences if we make this a habi.
  • Split your plate:  Share a huge plate of food with a friend.
  • Go app free:  If your lunch already contains a sandwich with a side salad or fries, do you really need mozzarella sticks, bruscetta or dip?
  • Use your hands:  Not sure what a portion size is?   Your hand can help`!  1 cup is about the size of a your fist (or a baseball). A cupped hand  is about a 1/2 cup. The palm (not counting fingers) is about 3-4 ounces. Your thumb is about 1 ounce and 2 thumbs are about 2 tablespoons.
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