Saturday, September 02, 2006

full plate

Who hasn't over extended themselves in life and responded with "l have a full plate!" Not good for your extended life span, or your peace of mind. What's the big deal about being the jack-of-all trades, a real people pleaser, a super worker, super mom or dad, or a super star in others' eyes? Are we not obligated to take care of ourselves first? You hear it on the plane all of the time, put your mask on first! (Then you can be of good to others.)

Too bad us people who are concerned about our weight or wellness are just as oblivious as others to our own needs. Let's be accountable, the next time we are in the line at the buffet island, say out loud "my plate is full." (Too ashamed, then do something about it!) Besides using a smaller plate to psych yourself into believing you have enough, there are other options. (Don't forget what our mothers' use to say "your eyes are bigger than your stomach.")

Mentally divide your plate into sections:
1/2 of the plate fill with non-starchy vegetables and green salad
1/4 of the plate fill with protein foods; meat, fish, poultry, or tofu
1/4 of the plate fill with grains or starchy foods; rice, pasta, potatoes, corn or peas
Drink one 8 oz glass of water in between bites.
Choose a piece of fruit for dessert
Skip the empty calorie drink and opt for non-fat milk.
Fancy a small roll? Feel free.

Guess what, you're too full for seconds of anything! Not only are you satisfied, but you may even choose not to return to that place that triggers a feeding frenzy.

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.


Chana said...

i love your quote. that i know first hand. i am hunger always for love, never enough and need appreciation, who can deny that. hope you are well. hugs.

iportion said...

I make giaint salad
with veggies 1/4th cup beans or half ounce cheese
and a TBS rasins with homemade dressing