The first recent meal out with a friend, I tried to consume all my food while in the restaurant. Once I realized what I'd been unconsciously doing, there was still too much to finish. I ended up taking home a box and felt overly full.
Box Home=Great! Leftovers that I can enjoy later.
Overly Full=Feeling yucky. Why didn't I eat less and take more home?
The second meal I went out with my spouse and kids, who inhale their food and are ready to leave so quickly that I often wonder why we didn't just get take out. I end up rushing through the meal, enjoying it less, and eating past the point of fullness because I haven't given my stomach time to relay the message to my brain that it's had enough. Solution? I should have planned ahead to save some for later when I could savor it.
The third meal out, I finally got it (almost) right. I generally go for lean proteins and vegetables because I feel better after eating. This time I picked something that sounded rich and amazingly delicious. It was. I ate slower, which was easier because my friend and I were talking so much. I enjoyed the meal, and saved a full half to take home to share with family. There is still room for improvement, because I should have done the same thing with dessert.
Tip: Unless you are ordering a very small portion, plan to take around half of the food, and/or dessert, home. Enjoy another meal or two later on. Feel good about showing yourself love!