Monday, 18 August 2014

1000 Flowers for the Planet - #274 Serve Smaller Portions

1000 Flowers for the Planet - #274 Serve Smaller Portions

A huge 30% of food in developed countries is thrown out – put into the rubbish bin to be thrown ‘away’, which we all know means to be sent to landfill. A great deal of energy and resources has gone into producing that food – precious water, time, human effort, land, transportation, energy and fossil fuels. When food is thrown away it wastes all of these things. Think of all those people in the world struggling to find enough food to eat and then think about how much food you throw away. Does it make you see the issue differently?
The other aspect is the obesity problem the Western world seems to be concentrating on these days. Obesity can be contributed to by portion sizes, as well as several other factors, so serve smaller portions when having meals. This simple act will affect so many things in a positive way: your health, your energy levels, your fitness, your mental wellbeing, financial savings, reduced landfill, better use of resources, less energy consumption and so much more. Challenge yourself to serve smaller portions for two weeks and see what a difference it makes.

1 comment:

Susan Rowland said...

I think smaller serving portions also relates to HOW we eat. Many people just shovel it in and move onto the next mouthful, and are finished their meal before they know what happened to it. I like to take my time, cutting smaller forkfuls, chewing thoroughly and enjoying the flavours. The benefit is that I feel my stomach telling me it's full before it's too late and I've overeaten (how many of us, after a big meal, wish we'd stopped eating sooner?!). Smaller portion sizes and slower eating could help a little with the obesity epidemic that's sweeping the country/world. I'm no expert, that's only my thoughts on the matter.