I had bought this book "The Portion Plan" and have found it to be VERY EASY reading - quick - and with that said, you can use it as a referance, when forgetting.
It's photographic sizing of images and it's iconic representations of portions are PERFECT. Especially for me, who has Diabetes...and suffers from the cycle of cravings in large portions, that come with this dis-ease.
I find her book and explanations comforting, and fit well into my overall plan to create a LIFESTYLE change, I am not dieting (though I am), I am not dieting because the whole modality and mindset, heartset, spiritual and physical paradyme (?spell) must change, or declining health will be my lot in life.
I use "The Portion Plan" in conjuction with "The Portion Doctor" who has a line of portion plates, bowls and so forth. It's so simple it's mind boggling, but, combining this helps me to re-learn HOW TO EAT.
I am also using the Mediterranean Diet with The Portion Plan and Portion Doctor plates and so forth. I am not using butter, and only olive oils, veggies, fruits, predominantly fish and periodic chicken and beef less than that, couple of vegetarian days per week only, and working it out on the Portion guides with both, the book and eating utensils.
Though I am not perfect at it, bit by bit, I am implementing changes. I am withdrawing from large amounts of daily meat eating and pastas and breads. I have had little attention on fruits, veggies, nuts and smaller amounts of the pastas and breads, my whole life. But, I am adjusting.
The Portion Plan book helps when I feel like I want something like chocolate or chips, I use the guidelines, which is two fingers, like two strips on a bar. If I feel I am not ready for that, I add a square or two. But, it's better than eating the whole bar, a box of cookies, a whole bag of chips and dip. Doing EXTRA large for fast food.
Following the idea of the Texan theory, bigger is better, wholeheartedly I agree: bigger hair brings you closer to God and makes your hips look thinner. That's equally American as it is Texan. (smile) But, that will no longer really work for me, as I am Diabetic...and either NEED to sink or swim. Too bad I couldn't see it that way when I was younger! Often we don't.
If I had a child I would teach the child, as life went by, gently and by example, never getting angry if the child doesn't PERFECTLY comply, teaching from The Portion Plan. I feel I am that child...I am parenting myself and teaching myself gently, slowly, and by testing it out bit by bit.
Without belaboring my personal situation myself. I will end by saying that using the right portions has helped me drop weight, and I feel much, much better. I walk better, I bend better, no pressure on the knees and all the things that come with getting BIG. But, I still have a long way to go. I am taking it, like when I stopped smoking, cutting back, maintaining, cutting back more and more, maintaining, and finally realizing I had the strength, to do it all the way. But, cutting back gradually, like with The Portion Plan will build up confidence, and is!
The other elements needed are creating nutrition which is implementing fish, small amounts of meat, veggies, nuts, fruits and whole grains, lets not forget the variety of bean like garbanzo, kidney, pinto, black beans and so forth. Some form of exercise, consistently, and cutting down the fat intake...Olive Oil is powerful, the Mediterranean Diet is awesome in this way, and so is The Portion Plan, they beautifully compliment each other.
No heavy creams, just using Olive Oil toppings creatively, like making Pesto's or be American and use Butter buds with it, with herbs like Tarragon and Basil. I am excited as you can tell!!!! But, it has been a long road finding out who I am and why I allowed my weight gain, and what kind of power I have and the committment I need to overcome. I will rant and rave about The Portion Plan because it is the BONES or the FOUNDATION of my LIFESTYLE change.
If I were to use nothing else but, use the The Portion Plan with my Portion Doctor plates and bowls, it would help tremendously, and even just cut back by half on all butter. This alone would be like I said the FOUNDATION of a healthy body, a fit body and a lean body. Cutting my portions through this book, is a fabulous gift from the author to mankind.
My friend from England saw the book and said, "Americans serve HUGE portions, in England it's not quite so large". I knew she was right, with our prosperity, we need to re-learn that quality is not quantity. Eat to live and not live to eat.