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03-17-2008, 07:14 PM
Do you use a gigantic mixing bowl for your salad? Do you have a favorite plate - pretty color, nice shape, just the right size? do you use measuring cups, or something else to portion out your food? Does just the right place-setting make you happier with your meal? Do you think using a smaller plate (ala behaviour modification) helps you to eat less? Do you use different dishes than the rest of the family? Answer as many as you like, or add something!

Years ago, I bought a green plate made by Homer Laughlin (of "Fiesta" fame) at a thrift shop. My plate has a nice scalloped edge and it is smaller than a regular dinner plate. The medium green color goes well with my food, and my plate makes me happy with my meal.:D I have a little cobalt blue ramekin that holds exactly 1/4 c. I use this to serve myself nuts or snack mix. I love the color and the snack makes me happier in the blue dish than just using a glass custard cup.

My DH bought our dogs gigantic stainless salad bowls for their meals. They chewed up all their other dishes. These dishes make the dogs happy.

03-17-2008, 07:18 PM
I definitely mix my salad in a mixing bowl and then dump it on my plate before putting a little dressing on it . . . then I smash it over a bit to add my protein serving.

I also cook my oatmeal (microwave) in a large bowl (to prevent splashes) and then just eat it out of the same bowl.

My favourite water glasses definitely hold 16 oz.

Other than that -- no favourite plates or other dishes for me.

03-17-2008, 07:25 PM
I do the same thing with my oatmeal. I finally figured out what bowl to use that won't boil over in the microwave. Not a cute bowl, but practical.

03-17-2008, 07:34 PM
I am new to calorie counting/portion control (seriously anyways) and I am finding that those little psychological tricks really do work!!! In fact, I'm getting myself some pretty measuring cups when I reach my mini-goal :) Right now, mine are either stainless steel or white, plastic. Blah....
I have been using my great grandma's china for pasta, but that's about the only "special" item I have at this point. I use the same dinnerware as my family, just a smaller plate/bowl most of the time. I do have a pink ribbon water bottle that I carry with me ALL the time and find that's much more exciting than the ugly clear bottles you can buy at the grocery store ;)

Thanks for starting this thread...how fun!!

03-17-2008, 07:54 PM
That is a good idea to reward yourself with measuring cups instead of food.:lol: I think that is behavior modification, too!

03-17-2008, 09:04 PM
That is a good idea to reward yourself with measuring cups instead of food.:lol: I think that is behavior modification, too!

That is a good idea! When I hit my mini-goal weight I think I will reward myself with a new bento box. And I think I will buy a 1/4 cup ramekin now so I can stop pretending that I can accurately measure 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup with my hand. :devil:

03-17-2008, 11:05 PM
I use measuring cups, spoons, and my kitchen scale. It just depends on what I'm measuring.

I don't have any special dishes, but I try to make sure that 1/2 my plate is veggies, 1/4 protein, and 1/4 whole grain. I don't pile my plate up though.

03-18-2008, 12:02 AM
I definitely have favorite dishes!

My normal plates/bowls are the Noritake POP design (look it up - they have optical illusions!) which makes meals extra fun.

Whenever I exercise at home, I drink water out of the same plastic cup -- it's got my former college logo on it. It's just the right size (16oz) and I like plastic because I can't break it when I'm frantically grabbing it during a workout video. :D

I use a tiny spoon (almost normal length, but a smaller "head"... I have 2, no idea what they were/are made for, the family had them long before I was born) when I'm eating pudding, jell-o, or other desserts. Sometimes I use it for yogurt too.

03-18-2008, 02:31 AM
I eat my salad out of a mixing bowl. I mix up a big bowl of lettuce and other greens and dressing, portion out a tiny amount for my SO, the add the rest of my veggies (cucumbers, radishes, and one other veggie). It's a huge salad (at least 8 oz total in weight) and I eat one almost every night. It feels so decadent that I'm often embarrassed to tell people how much salad I eat. :o If my SO isn't having a salad, then I make and eat my salad in a serving bowl, which is slightly nicer than the mixing bowl.

I cook oatmeal and other hot cereal in a small saucepan on the stove. I used to dump into into a bowl to eat, but then I figured out that doing so was just making an extra bowl for me to wash. Now I just eat my oatmeal right out of the saucepan. I do the same thing with single servings of soup.

Otherwise, I don't have any special plates. Our plates are horribly boring--my SO inherited them from his Dad. But there's nothing wrong with them, so I can't justify buying new ones.

03-18-2008, 05:37 AM
I sometimes use the luncheon plates for dinner. When I do it, everyone gets the smaller plate.

I have some Corelle serving bowls that are a nice size for salads that are meals. I "plate" the salads into the bowls rather than in a large mixing bowl and then serving it out. One less bowl to wash. And I can customize the salads. I don't want the hot peppers, my daughter doesn't want peppers, my husband wants 2-3 times more lettuce than I do and my daughter wants a third the lettuce I want. (This salad is too large for me. This salad is too small. But this salad is just right. hehe)

Oh, almost forgot. We have some bowls that are 8 ounces, exactly one cup. It's fairly easy to use them for one cup, 1/2 cup, and 1/4 cup in measuring out a side or snack.

03-18-2008, 10:55 AM
Good morning.

I use a HUGE mixing bowl for salads and other "free" food. I've also got my favorite water glass that easily holds 22 oz. I try to stay away from our regular dinner plates because they're the typical large white plate--so I use the bread plate instead! Apparently I'm a very visual person because I really do eat less when the plate is smaller and looks full.

03-18-2008, 11:20 AM
This is a brilliant thread! Because a big salad does not equate with a big brownie. When we folks say a BIG salad ... we mean big.

On Sunday I took a plastic box 9x6x4 ... at work added a can of salmon, walnuts, sunflower seeds, carrots, tomato, soy cheese and dressing. Mine is the biggest lunch bag at work.

03-18-2008, 11:29 AM
:lol: Visions of a salad bowl sized brownie just popped into my head. That would be one serving, right?

My salad container for my lunch is 6x8x2. This container just fits in the bottom of my lunch bag. Then I have smaller containers of the same kind that pile on top of my salad container. The size of my lunch always impresses folks.

03-18-2008, 01:36 PM
Do you use a gigantic mixing bowl for your salad? Do you have a favorite plate - pretty color, nice shape, just the right size? do you use measuring cups, or something else to portion out your food? Do you think using a smaller plate (ala behaviour modification) helps you to eat less? I have a little cobalt blue ramekin that holds exactly 1/4 c. I use this to serve myself nuts or snack mix.

Sometimes I do use a big mixing bowl for my salad, I hate overfilling a regular dinner bowl because it's hard to mix the dressing. I recently got a Fit & Fresh salad shaker that I like to use because it holds 4 cups of salad and has a compartment for up to 4 Tbls of dressing and when you put the lid on and twist the compartment for dressing, it drops the dressing onto the salad and you can shake the whole thing to distribute your dressing. I don't have a favorite plate, but I like this idea. Sometimes I use a salad plate, but what I will usually do is pile that plate high to make up for a smaller plate! But now that you mention it, I will try it again tonight. I use measuring cups, measuring spoons and a scale to portion out most of my food. If I don't do this I find myself cheating sometimes. I love the idea of using a ramekin for snack mix/nuts. I have a little sushi soy sauce dish that I bet doesn't hold much, I will have to measure some nuts out and see how much it holds. Thanks for the idea!

03-18-2008, 01:47 PM
Cool thread!

We have been collecting jadeite fire king bowls and plates for years. The plates are a cool green color and pretty solid for 1940's dinnerware. They really do help with portion control. The bowls are soooo tiny. I told my hubby that they would never work, because we like big portions. Well, he ignored me - as always - and now we get tiny portions of cereal and soup.

I make our salads on the dinner plates ... a tiny salad would be a crisis!

03-18-2008, 02:02 PM
I use a large soup bowl for salad. I use a tiny bowl for cereal. I use a wine globet for slimfast if i drink it ...or for a smoothie. I have white correlle dishes but I eat off a purple plate that goes with a good set of dishes I have. Its alot smaller and I feel special when I eat off it. I only eat with a small fork and small spoon. My kids laugh at me...but hey whatever works!!

03-18-2008, 03:35 PM
I just have basic round bowls and plates that are plain cobalt blue which I use for my oatmeal, eggs and other meals. I have a cobalt blue glass mixing bowl that I use for my salads since its a little bigger than my regular bowls.

03-18-2008, 05:17 PM
You guys inspired me, so I went out and bought a 1-cup soup bowl and a fancy glass plate that is a little smaller than my regular dinner plate. Thanks for the inspiration!

03-18-2008, 09:06 PM
For me, it's a lot easier to eat and control portions if I have smaller plates or bowls to eat it out of. Tonight, I had some of my mom's fantastic spaghetti which I would normally eat a huge plate of, but tonight I put it in a shallow bowl and had about 2/5 cup spaghetti noodles with 2 small spoonfulls of sauce. It seems to really help me portion control.

I come from a family of "clean your plate" people, so I can still clean my plate, but not over eat.


03-19-2008, 12:42 PM
I haven't found the perfect soup bowl. I am using a corelle bowl that I think they call a "berry bowl". It is just plain beige. I got some others that I liked, but turns out they aren't microwave safe - in my life everything has to go in the dishwasher and microwave. The cats are drinking water out of those bowls now.

I, too, have some small spoons from the family. I think they are demitasse spoons. They would be good for eating a treat like ice cream out of my little blue ramikins.

03-19-2008, 01:03 PM
I have dinnerware fantasies. When (not if) I win lotto I am going to buy a different set of dinnerware for each month. Until then, I have a set of stone wre that I love. My plates and bowls are cobolt blue my mugs and luncheon plates ate yellow and a dark green with a floral print with colbalt and cranberry colored flowers.

Salads are brought to work in a mixing bowl. I am the only woman where I work and when I take lunch in the break room rahter than my desk they guys tease me that I have a salad bowl the size of most kitchen sinks.

I have a kitchen scale that I use for portions. I usually measure stuff in a cup the first few times, then weigh out that portion and write it down. I think it is easier to use the scale. I put whatever I am eating out of (plate bowl etc on the scale zero it out and add my food, zero it out again then add the next item. Saves on ashing all those little cups.

03-19-2008, 01:36 PM
I bought a blue set of ocean style dishes from Ross a year ago, had to find some new bowls actually on ebay to match as I love the set and go through a lot of bowls for soup and salad. Since my star sign is fish, and I love the ocean these dishes make me happy. I love salads, have one almost daily. I read that Katherine Hepburn used to have five vegetables at least with lunch and dinner, in a book about her... I don't like vegetables like salad so I thought - it's easy, five vegetables on a salad (stealing an idea that must have contributed to her living a long healthy thin life). So I pack them on, love, love my salads!

03-19-2008, 01:45 PM
I'm not fancy. I keep meaning to buy new plates, but my eyes are bigger than my budget and I find myself drawn to hugely expensive dinnerware. Or cute antique plates that are loaded with lead. I'm tired of my old wedding registry plates.

Anyhow, my salads are gigantic! I either use a big old pie plate or my jadite mixing bowls.

Plates, I use happy plastic kid ones or my retro dessert plates. Tiny, happy and the illusion of bigger portions.

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03-19-2008, 05:22 PM
Yes, I have special dishes - of course, they're my everyday dishes, but I think they're special just the same! :rofl:

I use the salad plates for regular dinner eating. It really helps with portion sizes. I use a huge bowl for salads, and I do not put my dressing directly on my salad. I keep dressing in a condiment bowl, & I dip my fork in the dressing & then stab some salad. This keeps me from eating too much dressing!

I measure out cereal & so forth, because to me, that kind of thing is hard to eyeball. But as long as I use my "little plates" for basic dinner prep, I rarely go over the proper serving size of anything. And when I "go back for 2nds" - I only get VEGGIES. :D

03-19-2008, 05:49 PM
I like dishes like some women like shoes! I have actually bought some pretty cute dishes at the $1 Store. I got some with red checks like my ticker, and some with a rooster pattern because we have chickens and my DH likes chicken decorative things.

03-23-2008, 08:51 PM
Yes I do have bowls and plates just for me. Brought smaller ones when I decided to diet. Nothing fancy, but white, I always thought that food looked better on white. And reading through this thread have just realised that I do a lot eating on the run, (Taxi Driver)for breakfast, I have 35g weetabix, dry sort of cereal in bite size pieces. And a orange already segmented. These I can just eat and drive without the mess. For lunch I have my chilly bag, and containers, I make up lunch the nite before, so it's ready to pack and run the next morning. Fruit, yogurt salad fish etc winter is coming for us so I have brought a wide mouthed flask for soups and stews.
And of course my faithful water bottle.
I am not too fussed about dinner ware But boy! do I have a lot of plastic containers :D

03-23-2008, 08:59 PM
You can get nice salad plates and bowls really cheap at walmart. I think my clear glass plate was only a dollar, and i know my bowl was 50 cents. I dont care that i dont have a set..I just need them for me. Walmart also has alot of pretty colored plates cheap.

03-23-2008, 10:44 PM
MaryL, I have many, many plastic containers which are very dear to me :lol:.

I have some of those dishes from Wal-Mart. I don't have any glass ones, but I saw them and am considering one of those to go with my glass coffee mug from $ Store. Gotta have the right equipment, here!

03-24-2008, 10:46 AM
I typically make my salad in a tupperware bowl (because I am making only for one) and then transfer it to a regular bowl. I don't have special dishes for myself but I do try to serve myself smaller portions. I also use a measuring cup for my cereal each morning.

Speaking of dogs - my dogs eat from stainless pet dishes but I did buy one mega-monstrous stainless steel bowl for their water. Piper (who is no longer alive) drank in such a fashion that most water landed on the floor around her. The huge bowl took care of it. The best buy I ever made - I was constantly wiping the floor before I bought it.

03-24-2008, 10:54 AM
Pets are so messy, but we love them anyway.