This is an old picture of my little brother with a humongous pancake in a restaurant called Sissy`s in my father`s hometown. At Sissy`s they serve lots of comfort food and breakfast all day. There`s nothing on the menu at Sissy`s that doesn`t come on a plate overflowing with food. And while at Sissy`s the portion sizes are a bit extreme, they`re not that unusual in Texas.
After living away from home for awhile, it was a little shocking how much everyone ate when we went out. It was nice because I could eat a lot of the foods that I had missed, but at the same time I was glad was also glad to come back to Japan. It`s nice to indulge every once in awhile, but it`s easy to go overboard when you live in Texas, or anywhere in the South honestly. In general, most Americans are used to huge portions sizes and often don`t realize just how many exces calories they consume on a daily basis.
So, while I miss pints of Ben and Jerry`s and seemingly bottomless cartons of french fries, I think living in Japan is a good opportunity to develop better eating habits.