Sunday, January 2, 2011

“People are so worried about what they eat

between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.”

I am always fascinated by the way people think...long term seems non-existent these days. If I had a dollar for every time the auctioneer says, these used to bring X dollars, I would be basking in some island sunshine today. Markets change. Life changes. Tastes change. Even the weather...a week ago we were looking at a blizzard;

today the snow is transforming into fog.

Since New Year's always seems to be a key in the diet revolution, I thought I would give a little insight into how we have grown along with the size of our dinner plates. The diameter of a typical new American dinner plate is 11 inches; the diameter of a typical European dinner plate is 9 inches. That 2-inch difference amounts to the 11-inch plate having 50% more surface area than the 9-inch plate. If you fill your plate, you’re putting 50% more food on it than a person with the 9-inch plate.

This means we’re eating 50% more food, since we usually eat whatever is on our plates (you know those starving children in {feel free to pick your country--I always heard China}). Or, to look at it differently, we feel full when our plate is empty. Restaurants gravitate to the 13-inch plates, which means it’s twice as big as the 9-inch plate.

If you look at these vintage plates...Limoge and Johnson Brothers from mid-century, you can see where the food would be is small compared to the plate size itself since you would not pile food up to the edge (unless you are in one of those buffet lines where people manage to create food drifts!)

So, maybe in your diet plans, you may want to consider a vintage dinner plate. They may provide a good alternative to that huge plate with your "Lean Cuisine" portion on it.

Remember also these words from Lewis Carroll: "That which chiefly causes the failure of a dinner-party, is the running short—not of meat, nor yet of drink, but of conversation."

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

Very interesting blog content, as usual. Well, I think I need to have a smaller dinner plate...mLOL!