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How do I stop eating as much as my husband??

It's nearly impossible. We're at dinner and he just eats and eats and eats and I end up picking at things until I've literally eaten double of what I should have eaten. I know if I was by myself it would be fine, but we eat together. HELP!??

Mon. Oct 15, 12:38pm

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Smaller Plate?

Hey, I know what you mean... My hubby can pack it away too. When we eat at home I try to grab a smaller plate than him, then just say no to seconds. If the meal is something I know I should have a smaller portion of, I make a salad to start my meal with and steam up some healthy side dishes - like broccoli. That way I heap my plate up with greens and only have a serving of the main course.

Try eating slower... that way you and the husband are done eating at the same time.

Monday, October 15, 2007, 12:53 PM

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Dinner is NOT a competition!!!
Get that fixed in your mind, and you've won the battle.

Monday, October 15, 2007, 12:57 PM

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Me too! I have 2 strategies.

1. Get up, take your plate to the sink and pour yourself a cup of something warm to drink (tea/coffee). Sit, relax and enjoy your after-dinner tea or coffee while he finishes.

2. Don't serve food at the table. Instead take your plate to the kitchen, take a resonable serving and then go eat it in the dining room. When the food is gone, do not get up and go get more (because it will take a trip to the kitchen yes?).

I simply cannot eat like him and it's taken me far too long to really own my behavior and to recognize that I will keep eating as long as he does if the food is in front of me. Best wishes!

Monday, October 15, 2007, 12:57 PM

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Eat what you need to be content, not overfull, then add conversation to your dinner time. If he is eating while you are talking . . .

Monday, October 15, 2007, 1:32 PM

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all the suggestions are great! i had the same problem and i not only controlled my portions but set a better example for him using a salad plate instead of a giant dinner plate.

Monday, October 15, 2007, 1:36 PM

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