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Jun. 12, 2011 10:38 am 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011 7:51 am
This past January, after I had our second child, I decided to start Weight Watchers.  I have always eaten healthy, even more fruits and veggies than most of the people I knew.  But this, this new way of living, was an eye opening experience.  Not only had I realized that a lot of the way we had eaten in our Family was determined by how we were fed as children, but it was not entirely healthy!  We have all heard "clean your plate," or "there are starving children (insert your favorite continent here)," making it hard for us to push that plate away, even though we are full.  I made an executive household decision and began to serve my Family on smaller plates.  Call them what you will; sandwich plates, salad plates, luncheon plates, they are all the same not only in size, but what they can do for you mentally.  You see, if you have a smaller plate to fill, and you change your mindset, the portion size you are eating WILL be smaller too. 

In recent years, the American diet has become, shall we say, insane.  I see the enormous portions, the gargantuan plates, the excessive oil, grease, and butter used and I have to wonder, what the hell are we all thinking?  This is horrible for the entire planet, let alone my Family!  I haven't seen Food, Inc., the movie, and I don't know if I care to.  I have heard things from this movie will make your head spin, and  your stomach turn.  Corn syrup, gluten, fat, cholesterol, carbs, and salt are all things that have been under the miroscope, and for some, with good reason. 

I would like to propose a new idea to put under the microscope: moderation.  Yep, that's all.  If one Family of four ate in moderation for one year, instead of the massive portions we are all used to now, what would happen?  This is my journey and plan.  Eat small, eat until you feel full, save the special treats for special days and times. Look at what you are eating BEFORE you put it in your mouth.  Does it look appealing, does it smell yummy, will eating it make you feel like junk?  We all have to indulge sometimes, but everyday? Really? Why? 

If you eat an entire bag of potato chips, how do you feel?  Gross? Greasy?  If you were to eat 1/2 gallon of ice cream, what do you think will happen?  Fall asleep? Go for more?  Let's not find out.  Let's get a bowl, look at the portion size on the package, and put that much in the bowl to eat.  It's that simple.  Most of us can count, most of us can read, and all of us have brains in our heads.  Why aren't we using them?  Scared? Lazy? Uninterested?  You could be hurting more than just you.  Who sees what and how much you are eating?  Your friends and  Family.  Do kids do what they see us do?  Yeah, I'm pretty sure they do.  This doesn't mean to eat in a hiding place so you can have what ever you want.  This is living your life, and showing your kids how much better things can be for everyone involved. How much better you can feel, look, and act.

It's a small thing for one person to say all these things, it's quite another to take yourself seriously and actually do them.  So that's where I am starting.  Eating smaller portions, eating the portion size on the label, setting a good example.  I want to sow my kids how great you can feel, how smart you can be, just by using your head.

It's Sunday, and this week I want to try a new food.  Any suggestions?
Jun. 12, 2011 12:41 pm
Jun. 12, 2011 12:48 pm
I like the way you think AP! You are correct, we do need to stop and Think, before we eat. Good for you and your commitment to feed your Family the right way. My son was watching Jamie Oliver the other day, he.has excellent ideas on eating better. Keep up the good work;)
Jun. 12, 2011 12:51 pm
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grilled-Fish-Tacos-with-Chipotle-Lime-Dressing/Detail.aspx These are Great!!
Jun. 12, 2011 9:52 pm
As someone who has done the weight watcher thing let me tell you, it is not easy. But I like to keep things in perspective. I've come across a new truly inspiration and entertaining show. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. It's on ABC on Monday nights at 10pm/9c. Those people are morbidly obese. I love the show because it is so nice to see them look so happy after the transformation. You are right thought, plate sizes have gotten out of control as evident by the people on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out!!
Jun. 13, 2011 7:51 am
I LOVE Weight Watchers. It is a fantastic tool for learning to eat everything in moderation. Keep it up kid!
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