Thrift Stores, Portions and Dangerous Questions

That is an 8.5 oz. coffee mug.  Why would I ever have a picture of a coffee mug?  Bear with me.

A couple of weekends ago I was out walking through a thrift store run by a local non-profit group.  There was all kinds of stuff there from clothing to vinyl records and everything in-between.  But do you know what really caught my eye?

Coffee mugs and cups.  Ones from the 50’s and 60’s.  Now, I am not enough of an expert to know what they are called – they must have some semi-technical name.   As I looked at them I noticed they were smaller than the cups and mugs sold today.  Which got me to thinking.  (Always a bit dangerous.)

Do the portions we serve and consume have a direct relationship on Diabetes?  Of course they do.  But, why do we seem to always want ‘more.’  More of just about everything from coffee to french fries.  And, do you notice that the items we are offered more of are not necessarily good for us to eat in terms of nutritional value?  Is it surprising that Diabetes is on the rise and showing no signs of slowing down?

Ever hear of anyplace offering an extra-large salad?

When did we suddenly require a cup of coffee that was 28 oz.?

Here are what may be the most dangerous questions for your health in the English language:

Would you like a large?

Want to make it a combo?

Do you want fries with that?

Do you want it ala mode?

What can I get you for dessert?

And, the greatest one of them all, “Can I supersize that for you?”

What do all of these questions have in common?  They are offering you more grease, oil and sugar.  They are offering you the opportunity to consume food (loosely defined) that does very little for you except add huge amounts of calories to your diet and eventually pounds to your weight.

As you battle and beat Diabetes, I hope your answer to any of the above questions is, “No, thank you.”


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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