The average serving of pasta on a typical American’s plate is almost 480 percent bigger than what’s recommended as a healthy portion, says the research paper “The Contribution of Expanding Portion Sizes to the U.S. Obesity Epidemic,” by Lisa R. Young and Marion Nestle. Muffins are 333 percent larger than they need to be, they write, and steaks are 224 percent excessive. Don’t get caught up in this. Get what you need, but not way, way more. Be judicious in your approach to all of life’s necessities. In your next phase, you thrive by applying the Goldilocks principle: not too much nor too little, but just right.