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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Do you use nine-inch plates all the time now? Or are you able to gauge an appropriate amount of food without needing the nine-inch guide?

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It's actually funny to think about because it has become such an easy, accepted part of our lives that I forget that people are eating off giant plates still. So at home we're always eating off nine-inch plates. But when we eat out we usually just split a portion. The plate is a great tool that eventually makes it second nature to right-size your portions.

Do you get the sense that this nine-inch-plate thing has caught hold?

Well, it certainly hasn't become a national sensation. But it's funny because I do get a lot of people telling me how they made the switch and they love it. Specifically because they've lost weight. That's a really amazing feeling. I've also run across and been sent a lot of articles about smaller plates that are seemingly unrelated to our book. Hopefully, the ripples are still expanding.

Will you be using nine-inch plates at Thanksgiving and the other holidays this season? And will you go back for seconds?

We will, and we are having over a ton of people, and they will, too. We like a pretty traditional Thanksgiving, so you'll see the usual suspects on the plates. Seconds is a tradition at Thanksgiving. For most of us, it has to be done. But one of the great things about the nine-inch plate is that even if you go back for seconds, you've eaten 30 to 40 percent less than if you did the same thing on a 12-inch plate.


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