A while back, I wrote about cereal and portion control, and how the bowl very much affects consumption unless you use a measuring cup.
Unless your weakness is going back for seconds (and thirds?), using smaller dishes and bowls can significantly help you manage your portions when you eat at home. For most of us most of the time, the plate/bowl/glass needs to be full in order for us to be satisfied with the serving.
I was chatting online with a friend recently. “I have a picture I have to send you!” he said.
His parents had received wine glasses as a wedding gift in 1977. Many of them had broken over time, and they were recently gifted a new set.
The picture he sent me was a side-by-side: 1977 glasses on the left, 2011 glasses on the right:
Now, I don’t know all that much about drinking wine — I have never tasted one that I liked — so he filled me in.
The standard serving size for a glass of wine is about 5 ounces (four servings per bottle), and that will fill the glass on the left a smidge over half way. Five ounces of wine “looks pathetic” (in his words) in the glass on the right.
Suppose you know that a serving of wine is roughly half of a wine glass and pour that way. You’re getting about twice as much in today’s glasses! So your one glass of wine is really two glasses of wine.
I suspect — though I haven’t looked — that you can find wine glasses that aren’t enormous, but you’d need to do some looking around.
How big are your dishes, bowls, glasses, wine glasses, etc? Do you think this helps or hinders your eating and drinking habits?