There are a million fad diets out there. I should know. I’ve probably tried most of them. Keto, high protein, low carb, no carb, clean eating, fasting, shakes, gym junky, meal deliveries – you name it, I’ve tried it.
In the end, I just decided to eat less and better. Crazy, I know. No fads. Just eating less. And healthier. Like a psychopath.
Well, like a hippy. For cost and for health, whole grains, pulses and legumes with fresh fruit and veg was my diet decision #1. Hippy food is delicious, especially if you experiment with herbs and spices. Carbs has become a bit of a dirty word but brown rice, barley, buckwheat, quinoa and burghal wheat went back on the menu, with a bumped up amount of fruit and veg.
Diet decision #2 was cutting out as much processed food as possible. That was mostly for cost but it had the side benefit of making much healthier food. Cutting out processed stuff makes room for all those extra fruits and veggies too.
Diet decision #3 was eating by 7pm at the latest, that way, my body is basically resting for 12 hours before it starts eating again at breakfast. Also, eating earlier means I tend to have more activity between meal and sleep, rather than eating late and going straight to bed.
These combined are working for me. My weight goes up and down and down and up but I am also just healthier and learning better habits. BUT the diet decision #4 was my favourite:
Eat on a smaller plate.
This seems ridiculously easy. It seems ridiculous. Logic would say if you have a smaller plate, you’ll eat less. It’s not necessarily the case. There are studies that show both. I can only tell you my experience. When I tried to eat less on my normal dinner plate, I felt short changed and tended to want more afterwards.
When I ate from my side plate, it similarly felt skimpy so I piled it up more.
Time for a new plate. In the picture, the side plate is 19cm across. The dinner plate is 28cm. Mummy’s Special Plate is 22cm. Using it tricks my brain. I’m not being short changed, I have a full plate of food and so my brain says I’m full. Obviously it doesn’t happen all the time, but as a general rule, I’m not foraging in the fridge late at night.
Dieting is hard and it’s a long journey. I, personally, have a loooong way to go. But as I explore my life changes to be healthier and be less reliant on stuff, these are the kinds of little changes that are do-able.
Eating less. Using less. Wasting less. Spending less.