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HellBelle

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Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Ashley Graham wrote:

When I'm on the road, I get it a lot when I stay with photographers. It's almost like they're offended I ordered this but couldn't eat it all. My mom was a Nurse Practitioner, my dad a scientist and they got food portions. I was never forced to eat more than I could handle. The fact that I had a MExican stand off with a nanny over it once probably didn't help. I sat for an entire 8 hours staring at an unfinished bowl of cereal because I wasn't allowed to leave the table until I finished it. I was a stubborn child, so I sat. She got fired for that. However, I do often feel guilty when I'm out and people give me a hard time saying there are starving people in the world and I'm wasting so much. Look, I'll take it home, or go give it to a homeless person, but I'm not going to make myself sick eating. That's not smart. The portions are gigantic compared to how I cook at home and I just won't force feed myself.

Same. My mom is an MD and she is a firm believer in the "eat when you're hungry, don't when you're not, stop when you're full" stance. I usually eat half of whatever I'm given at restaurants, the other half is lunch for the next day. The only time I've ever eaten EVERYTHING I was served at a restaurant (oh, and I don't do fast food, so I mean like a REAL restaurant) was when I had a big breakfast and had accidentally skipped lunch/snack because I was so busy at school that day. I was STARVING by the time I got to dinner with my family. I ate slowly, took lots of breaks, drank like three glasses of lemon water and STILL finished everything on my plate. Then again, I was also in a top state-ranked marching band at the time, and probably burned just as many calories as I consumed that day in my four hour rehearsal that night.

If you exercise properly and only eat half to three-quarters of what is given to you,  eat your veggies and drink a glass of water first, you're usually fine here. But I do agree, portion sizing here is WAY off.

Jan 11 13 06:15 am Link

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ArtisticPhotography

Posts: 7699

Buffalo, New York, US

Jerry Nemeth wrote:

Did you hear about the Canadians that were caught smuggling cheese into Canada?    smile

Yeah, that was right here, locally.

"Hey buddy, wanna buy a dime bag of mozzarella?"

Jan 11 13 06:17 am Link

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ArtisticPhotography

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Buffalo, New York, US

NicoleNudes wrote:

Yes, we went over this, remember?

I want all your milk and cheese. Those are two of the most expensive things here. Except I want my milk in bags. Your jugs are weird.

Just don't come after our bacon.

Jan 11 13 06:23 am Link

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Kincaid Blackwood

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Los Angeles, California, US

Caperucita Roja wrote:
how do you eat all that stuff?

By living in a culture where you are guilted to "clean your plate."

"Finish your dinner.  Don't you know there are starving kids in Africa!"

"Don't you dare waste that food I paid for!  I know what's best for you; eat it all!"

"You will not leave this table until you clear your plate!"

"Look at all that food you are throwing away!  You are wasteful and ungrateful!"



Etc etc.  So while the idea of super-sizing and all that is pretty absurd, we've also conditioned people from the time they're young to eat all that's put in front of us.  Because, you know… it's the American way to bear the burden of someone else picking your portion size and damn you if you decide to eat less of it.  No, they made it that large and we're obligated to the entire planet (especially those fucking kids in Africa, on whose behalf we must gorge ourselves) to finish every forkfull.  By the time we reach adulthood, we can't feel full unless we're stuffed. 

The whole idea of eating until satisfied is removed from our ideology early on.  No, we don't eat until satisfied, we eat until the plate is clean… often beyond the point of satisfaction.  We don't savor the taste we like and eat at a leisurely pace like they do in other countries.  Here, we eat pretty fast and before we know it we have to unbutton our pants or something.

Jan 11 13 06:47 am Link

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HellBelle

Posts: 19972

Indianapolis, Indiana, US

Kincaid Blackwood wrote:

"Finish your dinner.  Don't you know there are starving kids in Africa!"

My grandmother told me that one time (I must've been about ten years old). Being the intelligent, uninhibited child that I was, I responded with, "Well, ship my leftovers there, then! Shipping would cost you more than the food, and it'll be bad by the time it gets there..."

My mother would have laughed. My dad DID laugh and said I was correct. Memaw, on the other hand, swatted me for being impertinent.

Jan 11 13 07:05 am Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3963

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jerry Nemeth wrote:
Did you hear about the Canadians that were caught smuggling cheese into Canada?    smile

ArtisticPhotography wrote:
Yeah, that was right here, locally.

"Hey buddy, wanna buy a dime bag of mozzarella?"

lollol

What in the actual fuck? No, I didn't hear about that.

Jan 11 13 08:40 am Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3963

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ArtisticPhotography wrote:

Just don't come after our bacon.

Psh, our bacon is better anyways.

Jan 11 13 08:41 am Link

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Peter Claver

Posts: 26657

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jerry Nemeth wrote:

Did you hear about the Canadians that were caught smuggling cheese into Canada?    smile

I wonder which is worse... a country that has such high cheese prices that people smuggle it in... or a country which has such high pharmaceutical prices that people smuggle it in...

Personally I'll take the cheap drugs over the cheap cheese.  But that's just me.

Jan 11 13 08:49 am Link

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Little Queenie

Posts: 6219

Indio, California, US

I eat a lot but its spread out through out the day. It also depends on what it is. If its something I'm craving you better get the hell outta my way.

My husband on the other hand is a freaking dump truck. The guy can eat. But he has a very active job so he burns far more calories in a day.

Portions for our child will be strict. I see a lot of parents starting their children on larger portions earlier and it isn't doing them any favors. Seconds are given before they have digested the first one and it just creates a monster.

Jan 11 13 09:00 am Link

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hygvhgvkhy

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Chicago, Illinois, US

HellBelle wrote:

My grandmother told me that one time (I must've been about ten years old). Being the intelligent, uninhibited child that I was, I responded with, "Well, ship my leftovers there, then! Shipping would cost you more than the food, and it'll be bad by the time it gets there..."

My mother would have laughed. My dad DID laugh and said I was correct. Memaw, on the other hand, swatted me for being impertinent.

I said "well why don't you just send my food to Africa then?" And she responded with pretty much the rest of yours.

If I were quicker, I would've said, "and what exactly are YOU doing for the starving kids in Africa gram? Are they important enough to donate to or just a good way to try and guilt me into eating?"

Jan 11 13 10:17 am Link

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ArtisticPhotography

Posts: 7699

Buffalo, New York, US

NicoleNudes wrote:

Jerry Nemeth wrote:
Did you hear about the Canadians that were caught smuggling cheese into Canada?    smile

lollol

What in the actual fuck? No, I didn't hear about that.

How could you miss something so important.

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl … 29140/1003

Jan 11 13 11:22 am Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3963

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ArtisticPhotography wrote:

How could you miss something so important.

http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl … 29140/1003

That was a good idea though. If NY cheese is 1/3 of the price.

Jan 11 13 11:33 am Link

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Kincaid Blackwood

Posts: 23473

Los Angeles, California, US

HellBelle wrote:
My grandmother told me that one time (I must've been about ten years old). Being the intelligent, uninhibited child that I was, I responded with, "Well, ship my leftovers there, then! Shipping would cost you more than the food, and it'll be bad by the time it gets there..."

My mother would have laughed. My dad DID laugh and said I was correct. Memaw, on the other hand, swatted me for being impertinent.

My parents never told me any of those things though they're commonly expressed in households across the United States. 

My parents were actually very good about portion sizes but I was adamantly opposed to eating my vegetables.  I was willing to stuff my mouth full of green beans or broccoli or whatever it was, slip to the bathroom and spit it all out and flush it because… y'know… to actually swallow the food I stuffed into my mouth… well that would have been disgusting, of course. 

I was able to pull that off for a dinner and a half while my parents weren't paying attention.  Mostly they would tell me that I couldn't leave the table until I finished my food which was totally fine with me.  I was willing to sit at that table all fucking night out of spite.  We'll see who caved first.  Each time they'd walk past they'd be angrier and angrier, which only served to strengthen my resolve.  Their frustration let me know I was on the right path.

Jan 11 13 01:29 pm Link

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Sha-Lynne

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Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Kincaid Blackwood wrote:

My parents never told me any of those things though they're commonly expressed in households across the United States. 

My parents were actually very good about portion sizes but I was adamantly opposed to eating my vegetables.  I was willing to stuff my mouth full of green beans or broccoli or whatever it was, slip to the bathroom and spit it all out and flush it because… y'know… to actually swallow the food I stuffed into my mouth… well that would have been disgusting, of course. 

I was able to pull that off for a dinner and a half while my parents weren't paying attention.  Mostly they would tell me that I couldn't leave the table until I finished my food which was totally fine with me.  I was willing to sit at that table all fucking night out of spite.  We'll see who caved first.  Each time they'd walk past they'd be angrier and angrier, which only served to strengthen my resolve.  Their frustration let me know I was on the right path.

Haha my parents did that too!  I don't recall if the portions were the proper size but I would sleep in the kitchen until they caved in and said I could go to bed despite not finishing.  My brother and I used to flush our breakfasts down the toilet while she was getting ready for work.  And I'd throw out my lunch at school and my friends would give me cookies LoL

Jan 11 13 02:56 pm Link

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Jerry Nemeth

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Dearborn, Michigan, US

NicoleNudes wrote:

Psh, our bacon is better anyways.

I bought some fantastic bacon that was made at a meat market in northern Michigan this summer.  It was the best bacon that I have ever tasted!

Jan 11 13 04:40 pm Link

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Jerry Nemeth

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Dearborn, Michigan, US

Peter Claver wrote:

I wonder which is worse... a country that has such high cheese prices that people smuggle it in... or a country which has such high pharmaceutical prices that people smuggle it in...

Personally I'll take the cheap drugs over the cheap cheese.  But that's just me.

There are some pharmacies around here that are giving selected drugs free.  Others have very low prices on selected drugs.  I pay $4.00 each for my prescriptions.

Jan 11 13 04:49 pm Link

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Jay Pegg

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Kansas City, Missouri, US

Almost ironically, I eat better in the US than in the UK. However, I do like to go to buffets where I can choose my portion size rather than go for the fatbastard size.

Jan 11 13 04:54 pm Link

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Kincaid Blackwood

Posts: 23473

Los Angeles, California, US

Jay Pegg wrote:
Almost ironically, I eat better in the US than in the UK. However, I do like to go to buffets where I can choose my portion size rather than go for the fatbastard size.

That's because Angland is a 3rd world country where you can't get proper nutrition!

Jan 11 13 05:03 pm Link

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Jay Pegg

Posts: 6326

Kansas City, Missouri, US

Your outrageous racism and name thievery distresses me muchly, Jay

*kisses*

Jan 11 13 05:22 pm Link

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Model Sarah

Posts: 39592

Columbus, Ohio, US

It's true but it really depends on where you go. If you're eating at any mainstream place it's meant for two meals. Well, most healthy people would do that.

I haven't eaten fast food in any other country but this one. I rarely eat it here. I find that I cannot have fries AND a hamburger. I just can't do both. If I have to, I'll choose one. When I eat out, a diner doesn't serve you huge portions UNLESS you go to a place like Denny's. I have found that, because of my travels, eating at cafes, diners, and private restaurants is the way to go. I always cringe when I hear someone judging an entire country on mainstream things.

I do not judge Canada on Tim Hortons (though they have some pretty tasty last minute soups!). I have eaten some awesome and crappy places there along with places in Europe as well. OP, I'm not suggesting you're doing that I'm just suggesting to eat at places that are privately owned/have good reviews on Yelp. tongue

Jan 11 13 05:59 pm Link

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NicoleNudes

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Model Sarah wrote:
I do not judge Canada on Tim Hortons (though they have some pretty tasty last minute soups!).

Hey now, Timmies is awesome lol.

Jan 11 13 08:58 pm Link

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Koryn

Posts: 37160

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I just ate a fuck-ton of fried rice noodles tonight.

It was like 4 meals worth of food.

Jan 11 13 09:05 pm Link

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Quay Lude

Posts: 6369

Madison, Wisconsin, US

NicoleNudes wrote:

Psh, our bacon is better anyways.

Oh no. You didn't.

http://www.nueskes.com/shop-by-departme … bacon.aspx

Jan 11 13 09:54 pm Link

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Quay Lude

Posts: 6369

Madison, Wisconsin, US

Model Sarah wrote:
I find that I cannot have fries AND a hamburger. I just can't do both.

I sat across the table and watched you do it. With a big fat beer too.

Liar, liar pants on fire.

smile

Jan 11 13 09:56 pm Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3963

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cuica Cafezinho wrote:

Oh no. You didn't.

http://www.nueskes.com/shop-by-departme … bacon.aspx

Oh yes I did!

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRJ4UX2AX97iflXuM-tn3TwbBKfGrdrfI3MTiCMm0qgM9jsTNj2

Jan 11 13 10:00 pm Link

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Quay Lude

Posts: 6369

Madison, Wisconsin, US

NicoleNudes wrote:

Oh yes I did!

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRJ4UX2AX97iflXuM-tn3TwbBKfGrdrfI3MTiCMm0qgM9jsTNj2

Just one Sunday morning with me and I could have you begging for Nueske's for the rest of your life.

(Breakfast is probably all I could have you begging for).

smile

Jan 11 13 10:35 pm Link

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NicoleNudes

Posts: 3963

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cuica Cafezinho wrote:

Just one Sunday morning with me and I could have you begging for Nueske's for the rest of your life.

(Breakfast is probably all I could have you begging for).

smile

Jokes on you because I don't actually like or eat bacon.

So neener neener tongue

Jan 12 13 12:31 am Link

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Model Sarah

Posts: 39592

Columbus, Ohio, US

Cuica Cafezinho wrote:

I sat across the table and watched you do it. With a big fat beer too.

Liar, liar pants on fire.

smile

lol

THAT time, and once in New Mexico have I ever eaten an entire meal. I swear!

Jan 12 13 04:47 am Link

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Robb Mann

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Baltimore, Maryland, US

I will not eat at any restaurant where the kitchen is understaffed by disgruntled Employees making about minimum wage. Noooo thank you. If i want greasy spoon food Ill hit a waffle house. You can watch the food being made. Dinner theater, almost.

Jan 12 13 11:19 am Link

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JadeDRed

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London, England, United Kingdom

I hate it when i'm in a restaurant and when they come to take my plate and there is food left on it they ask 'I'm sorry, is there something wrong with your meal?' Makes me all embarrassed and apologetic, like i offended them. I just cant eat a whole massive bowl of pasta after having a starter. And often if i order dessert i'm only going to want a couple of spoonfuls, i just ate a meal for goodness sake. Its nothing to do with quality.

If i get proper takeaway stuff i'll often chuck some of it away before i start, and then get rid of whatever's left over when i'm finished to avoid temptation for picking whilst its sitting there, and you're bored waiting for everyone else.

Jan 12 13 03:15 pm Link

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John Edward

Posts: 2462

Dallas, Texas, US

Okay,

What I could never understand was:

The Marine Corps spent a bunch of money, sending
us strange places.

They Navy took us there, That were not cheap either.

So you are 12 thousand miles from home.


And the other guys;

came back to the boat, bitching about how micky D's was different.


I went out, alone.


I did not speak to anyone who spoke my language.
UnLike those guys went out in abunch.


Mamma San, took me back in the kitchen.

I pointed at ths, I pointed at that.

I ate new food.

I learned how to say "Please," and "Thank You.."

And how to eat with chopsticks,

Those other guys?

Still eating at mcdeath.

Jan 12 13 04:35 pm Link

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Koryn

Posts: 37160

Boston, Massachusetts, US

John Edward wrote:
Okay,

What I could never understand was:

The Marine Corps spent a bunch of money, sending
us strange places.

They Navy took us there, That were not cheap either.

So you are 12 thousand miles from home.


And the other guys;

came back to the boat, bitching about how micky D's was different.


I went out, alone.


I did not speak to anyone who spoke my language.
UnLike those guys went out in abunch.


Mamma San, took me back in the kitchen.

I pointed at ths, I pointed at that.

I ate new food.

I learned how to say "Please," and "Thank You.."

And how to eat with chopsticks,

Those other guys?

Still eating at mcdeath.

Vietnamese food is amazing.

Jan 12 13 09:49 pm Link