I Bought New Plates

This weekend I bought new plates. That may seem like an odd statement, but truthfully, It was time. Now, there wasn’t anything wrong with the original ones. They weren’t chipped, scratched or broken, and none were even missing. And to be honest, I really liked the old ones. But, the simple truth is they were just too big! This insight came after doing our Precision Nutrition online coaching program for awhile. See, if you’re doing your PN habits with any regularity, then most likely, your average American sized dinner plate, probably has a lot of unused space on it when you eat. If not, then take a look at your current eating habits and see if adding more blank space to your plate can fit into your daily practice. Remember: you can always go back for more food after your first plate is empty, and as long as you check in with yourself about whether you are truly hungry or not.

Now, back to plates. The size of the American dinner plate has increased dramatically over the last 40-50 years. It seems what most of us use for a dinner plate now, used to be called a Charger, and was meant as decoration in a formal setting before the meal began. Today’s lunch plates are what we used to use as dinner plates, and what we used to use as lunch plates, we now call appetizer or bread plates. And whatever size we use, we do a great job of filling up all the space on it. “I still have a little room, I can pile "more on!”

Moron is right!

So, for the last bunch of months, the dishes I have been using for meal time have been a hodgepodge of small appetizer plates and ramekins. Even my coffee cup is now only 4oz. And after many months of practicing with these smaller sizes, I realized I’m not hungry or feeling deprived in any way, and I have no intention of going back to the old, larger ones. So it was time to buy some new smaller ones as a reward to myself. When my Precision Nutrition coach (yes, even I have a coach!) asked me what I was going to do as a reward for my hard work in the program, this is the reward I stated: Buy smaller plates!

Think about places in your life where you can assess your daily nutrition habits. Where are you doing well already? Are there places you can still tighten up and make easy, permanent changes? For me, it was plate size. What have you found is working for you? Check in with me and let me know. And if you want to know more about the Tacoma Strength Precision Nutrition coaching program, drop us a line. In the meantime, have a great week!

By Craig on Tuesday, May, 23, 2017