By Jane Ross Potter
Food should stimulate our sight, smell, and taste senses. But what happens after we swallow our food? In the first book of her 3 book series, Change Your Eating, Change Your Life, Jane Ross Potter focused on showing how to help our body engine run smoothly. In this book, Jane builds on and refers back to ideas she covered in her first book by introducing the idea that what we eat may be making us ill! In her own fun and informative way, Jane continues to show us how to have a healthy life with healthy eating: nutrition for your Whole Body. After all, eating shouldn't hurt!
EXCERPT FROM BOOK
All You Can Eat, but Shouldn’t (Pages 6-7, Eating Shouldn’t Hurt)
When restaurants provide so-called “bottomless” dishes of pasta and bread, people come to expect that when they eat at home. Serving dishes placed on the table, brimming with food, are a guaranteed way to encourage over-eating. Our stomachs aren’t infinitely large, so why do we try to accommodate “all you can eat” servings?
The beloved Norman Rockwell paintings of families gathered around a table laden with piled-high dishes evoke a sense of comfort and security. But chances are, the day after filling up, those families would have dawn to dusk physical activity, like farming and chopping wood. No video games or television, no endless hours of sitting.
Things have changed, and now it’s time to leave the serving dishes where they belong— in the kitchen! But that’s not an excuse to use larger dinner plates for huge helpings. People are often surprised to learn what a correct “serving size” is for a particular food. Sometimes the surprise is good, like learning that a serving of fruit or vegetables is quite small, and eating five per day is not such a burden. On the other hand, it can be a disappointment to learn that the chocolate bar you just ate was really four servings, and you consumed six hundred calories. In the end, though, the surprises and disappointments should balance out and you’ll reach a new, enlightened, approach to portion control.