This morning as I was cutting up some fresh strawberries for breakfast, I was reminded of one my key theories. Namely, the larger a piece of fruit is, the less likely it is to taste like what I’m looking for. This holds especially true for apples, tomatoes, and any kind of berry. When I shop, I instinctively hunt for the smallest bananas, the tiniest apples, and the most diminutive fruits and veggies.
In fact, as I tasted this morning’s breakfast results, the very large berries I cut up (and they were HUGE) tasted bland — pulpy strands of nothingness. The two very tiny strawberries at the bottom of the pint, however, were heavenly. I actually had to sprinkle a little sugar free, fat free jello powder on the large berries to give them a little oomph.
Like many people of my acquaintance, I tend to be a volume eater. As a result, I’m more likely to be satisfied with an entire head of cooked broccoli than I am with a tiny square of the most exquisite chocolate. I’m not saying that one is a substitute for the other. Its just that when I get to eat a lot of ANYTHING it seems to provide me with more pleasure.
I’m sure there are evolutionary and biological reasons to automatically reach for the larger size of anything. Devin, who is at a healthy normal weight and always has been, still fills his plate and goes for the largest serving size of anything. It would make sense that in ‘nature’ human beings would strive to maximize their food stores.
The difference is, Devin is easily able to stop when he’s satisfied and quite often he’ll eat a reasonable portion no matter how high he has piled his plate. Whereas I never seem to stop eating until the metal of my utensil is scraping the clear white ceramic surface of my own cleaned-off plate.
I don’t feel gluttonous or particularly greedy in terms of my food choices. But last night when Devin asked for a bite of my Skinny Cow I practically freaked out. He laughed and said ‘I’m just teasing, but honestly, you are really stingy about sharing.’
It doesn’t seem likely that I’m ever going to overcome my genetic programming on this. And as I have become slender and worked my serving sizes down to smaller, more reasonable amounts, I actually feel even LESS inclined to share with anyone else.
But I really need to think about those berries. Its just a fact that sometimes, smaller is better.