14. Choose the Smaller Plate
It may be tempting to grab the large plate and load up on your choices, but a smaller plate will help you limit your portions and not overdo it. As yummy as all those tempting dishes appear to be, overloading can leave you feeling overfull, bloated, and miserable. Start small and stop when your plate is full. You can always go back for seconds if you are still hungry.
13. Don’t Use a Tray
There are two reasons to avoid using cafeteria trays at the restaurant. The first is the extra space may entice you to load up on foods you wouldn’t choose if you had less space. The second is that cafeteria trays have shown to be highly populated with disease-causing germs and bacteria. The Public Health and Safety Organization reports that plastic cafeteria trays are among the germiest spots in schools, second only to water fountain spigots. Skip the restaurant tray as well and save your health.
12. Plan Your Plate
The American Diabetes Association recommends this tool for visualizing your food choices. A well-balanced plate will contain 50% non-starchy vegetables, 25% proteins, and 25% grains and starchy foods. Before hitting the buffet table, plan to fill half your plate with green leafy or cruciferous vegetables. Visualize the next 25% of your plate containing lean meats, and the remainder is for whatever suits your fancy.