The Alzheimer’s mom [AM] and I joined my sister’s family for a holiday dinner at a “family” restaurant. The prices were more than reasonable, and it took my brother-in-law’s comment to wake me up to the connection. He said: “I like this place. The portions are the right size.”
So, I checked out everyone’s plates, and realized that he was right! Each serving of veggies or mashed potatoes, or mac and cheese, or whatever, was ONE-HALF CUP! The protein portions were the size of a DECK OF CARDS! And the menu was designed so that a person could satisfy a major hunger with as many side dishes as he or she wanted!
True confession time. When the plates were put in front of us, I immediately thought that there just wasn’t much food on the plate. And trust me, that was a STRANGE thought, because even with these truly normal portions, the WLS prevented me from eating most of it, and I packed the rest of it up for another time.
A scary moment, as it suggests that my eyes are getting bigger than my stomach – literally – and that’s dangerous. I’m starting to eat with my eyes rather than with my appetite, and it has to stop.
However, that’s not really the point of this post. The real point is that it IS possible to have reasonable prices, reasonable food, and reasonable portions. There probably IS a direct relationship between the cost of the meal and the portion size.
If only other restaurants would learn a lesson from this restaurant!!
On a personal note, I’m thrilled to have taken the extra home, but even happier that it’s enough for only ONE more meal, instead of the 2-3 MORE meals that I normally get. Boredom isn’t good, ya know!