In thinking about my last blog, l decide that I am going to look at what my daily plates of food look like. There are several new plate in town, ones that are very different from the the original MyPlate.org.
My plate is separated into 4 parts. 1/3 is veggies,, 1/3 fruits and protein and the last third grains. Of course dairy is off on the side within a perfect little circle. Although this plate is very colorful and fun to look at, no one really eats like this. Especially if you are buying your lunch from school or work every day.
A low GI, or glycemic index. plate is a little easier to mange. 1/2 the plate is veggies and the other 1/2 low GI carbs and protein. But still are we really buying plate separators to make out plate look like this. It can be discouraging and often frustrating trying to get it all in.
That is where the Precision Nutrition comes in. They understand that it is not always about the food on your plate but how you feel when you eat it. Like the Low GI plate. PN recommends 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protien and then 1/8 each of starch and fat.
This brings me to the behavior of what and how we eat. The Mindful plate is separated into 5 parts, aware, savor, observe, in-the-moment, and non-judgement. Mindful eating is all about feeling positive about what you eat and recognize when your body is done. Stop when you are full and eat when you are hungry. Stop the working lunches and treat your meal like a gift to yourself.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.