Thursday, February 17, 2011

Myth: There’s no way I can eat less, as the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends, and feel satisfied.

Answer: Busted!

Yes, there are simple ways you can change how you eat and still feel satisfied!

How do you do that?
  • Use a smaller plate when serving yourself and others. A portion of food on an 8” plate seems like an ample amount of food versus the same amount on a 12” plate.
  • Serve food on individual plates and leave the serving dishes in the kitchen. You’ll be less tempted to get up and get more food.
  • Eat s-l-o-w-l-y. After each bite, put down your spoon or fork. It will take you more time to eat and you’ll eat less.
  • Avoid watching TV. Distracted eating may cause you to eat more because you’re not paying attention to your food.

Visit the MissouriFamilies website to learn other simple strategies for healthier eating habits.

Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573-882-1933

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