Are you traveling? Under stress? Having such a busy a day that it’s almost impossible to follow your diet plan?
Here’s an easy way to keep on track, stay healthy and continue to shed those pounds.
CREATE YOUR PLATE. Developed by the American Diabetes Association it’s a plan that eliminates carb and calorie counting on those days when you just don’t have the time. It insures that you will get the fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates that you need, and it allows a free range of food choices so you never get tired of what’s in front of you.
Here’s how it works: at every meal visually divide your plate in half and then divide one half into two quarters.
1. Half of your plate should be filled with colorful non-starchy vegetables that provide fiber and phytochemicals (color) as well as vitamins; and salad—leafy greens dressed with a light oil and vinegar dressing.
2. One quarter of your plate should contain grains and starchy vegetables—bread, pastas, rice, potatoes, corn, peas and cooked beans.
3. And finally one quarter should contain your protein—chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, cheese or tofu.
A 9” plate is the best size to use. And don’t heap the food or you are defeating the entire concept of controlling calories.
You’ll get into the habit quickly and love the ease that it allows as you make food choices.