Portion Control and the Coke Bottle

Coke Bottle

Once upon a time there was the Coke bottle and it was everyone’s friend.  Sure, it was only 6.5 ounces, but it was cute.  People liked Coke Bottle so much he was at every party and special occasion.  People wouldn’t have a party unless Coke Bottle was there. Then, Coke Bottle got a new brother.  Brother was a 12 ounce can.

You see, someone decided that our friend Coke Bottle was too small.  Who decided?  Well, nobody really knows for sure, but there is a story told in the dark that it was someone in Atlanta, Georgia.  Sales of Coke increased when Brother Can was introduced.  Everybody thought it was a wonderful event; a blessed event.  One day we were enjoying our 6.5 ounce Coke Bottle and the next day we were enjoying the 12 ounce Brother Can even more.  One day 6.5 ounces was enough; the next we had to have 12 ounces.

The people loved Brother Can and wondered how they could ever have liked Coke Bottle.  How could 6.5 ounces ever be enough when Brother Can gave you 12 ounces of sugar, coloring, and water?  We demanded Brother Can at home, parties, baseball games, and, well, just about everywhere.

Then as time went by, the “little” Coke Bottle became more and more sad.  He didn’t have  many friends any more.  He just sat on the shelves in the grocery store waiting to go home with us as we began to enjoy Brother Can more and more.  In fact, Coke Bottle gathered dust on the shelves while he patiently waited.

One day another Bottle appeared.  Could it be our friend Coke Bottle?  No, it was Coke Bottle’s even bigger brothers who held 16 and 20 ounces.  Suddenly Coke Bottle looked so very, very small.  Oh, he was still so very pretty, but sooooo tiny.  Nobody wanted the little Coke Bottle any more.  They wanted his bigger siblings.  Not Brother Can so much…suddenly he was pretty small.  People wanted the BIG Brothers; the 16 and 20 ounce bottles.

And, the people had them.  They still loved Coke, but wanted to love it more by drinking more.  And, it was so much easier to do if the bottles were bigger.  The Big Brother Coke Bottles were loved by millions of people.

Then, a funny thing happened.  People began to get bigger.  The more Coke they drank, the bigger they got.  It wasn’t Coke’s fault.  Really.  There were french fries, hot dogs, ice cream…oh, you know – all of the food you eat with Coke.  It seemed like we could never get enough of our friend sugar.  Until the people got Diabetes.

The moral of the story: Maybe Coke Bottle at 6.5 ounces was the right size, after all.

And, portion control can help lead you to victory over Diabetes.

As always, thank you for reading.



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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