My brain is dumb...really, really dumb.... so easily tricked by my eyes.
I've been cutting calories (on a minimal basis) for months now and my stupid brain hasn't caught on yet.
I cut back on my portions (just a little mind you) and spread my food out over a slightly smaller plate. Brain sees a full plate and is perfectly happy.
I spread the hubs rice cake with Becel and cream cheese. My rice cake gets no Becel and half the amount of cream cheese spread carefully over every nook and cranny. Brain sees rice cake and cream cheese and doesn't notice there is no Becel and there is less cream cheese even though it was there whilst I practised my treachery (skulduggery).
When I cut our afternoon snack apple in half I make sure one half is just a tad bigger. The hubs gets the bigger half (nicely sliced of course) and I get the smaller half cut in a few more slices. Brain, well, brain sees a whole lot of apple. Good to go.
Cashews for a snack? I take half the amount I give the hubs BUT eat them very slowly. Hubs finishes his and is eyeballing mine. Brain says, 'wow, look at all these cashews I still have".
You see what I mean?
***Becel is a heart healthy margarine (or so the advertising says)