To me, the whole world is a Taco Town. If you're not sure what I'm referring to, I highly encourage you to view the Saturday Night Live skit, Taco Town at http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/Taco-Townmpg--/229053. You'll have to watch a short commercial first. What I can eat and what other people can eat has such a stark contrast. I see the whole world eating Taco Town Tacos. So what's a Taco Town Taco?
There's even a local Mexican restaurant whose claim to local fame is a burrito the size of your head. Who can eat that?? Apparently, a lot of people can. But not me, and for that I'm grateful.
So, if you haven't had surgery or don't plan to, how can you get your portions under control? First of all, eat from a smaller plate or bowl. We also eat with our eyes. If our plate looks full, we are more likely to eat less. Secondly, eat slow. Allow the food time to hit the stomach and for the stomach to send a signal to your brain that you are full. Often, overeating is because we are simply eating too fast.
Limit bad carbs. This includes potatoes and pasta. If you must eat carbs, opt for whole grain.
The general rule of thumb is half of your plate for veggies, 1/4 for protein and 1/4 for grains. However, this will be different for bariatric patients. We must always eat our protein first and this will compose the majority of our meal. We should have about 4 oz. Then, we eat our veggies. If, and only if, there is room left for grains, then we can have them. The majority of the time, however, there will be no room left for grains.
The first time I went to Denny's post-op, I swear my eyes just about popped out of my head when the waitress set the plate down in front of me. I couldn't believe how big it looked. I ended up eating about 1/4 of the meatloaf, 1/4 of the green beans and a few bites of the potatoes. I took the rest home and got 2 more meals out of it. It's not that much different today at 6 months post-op. I always at least have one more meal whenever I go out to eat. Gotta love sleeve leftovers.
So now that we've established that I'm repulsed by portion sizes, what do I think is an acceptable fast food portion size? Check out that picture to the left. That would be it... minus the soda, of course.