What is a Diet Tip Trio Challenge?

Have you ever noticed that when you are ready to get going on a diet program, you are bombarded with all of the things you’re not supposed to do? Well, I thought it would be fun if we approached this from the angle of what you’re supposed to do.

So, I’m going to challenge you to pick a diet tip from the three listed below and actually do it for a week (ideally, you should do it longer - but I’d like to see a strong commitment for at least one week).  

I’m sure you’ve probably already heard of most of these diet tips. So have I, but it doesn’t mean that I have actually done them. It’s kind of like my 7 year old son who just started taking Karate. Right before his first lesson he announced to me that he already knew how to do Karate. I had to explain to him that watching Power Rangers doesn’t mean that you know Karate. Just because you’ve seen it done or know about it, doesn’t mean that you know it. It takes practice to know something and furthermore, if you say Diet Tip Trio Challengethat you know something and you haven’t practiced it - you are actually closing your mind to learning more about it.

Okay, so now I have to eat my words. How’s that for a diet program? I suppose I’m a lot like my son. I know a lot about these diet tips but I often forget to practice them. That is why I am including myself in this challenge.

Together, let’s take a look at our choices for our Diet Tip Trio Challenge:

Eat Off Smaller Plates - This is a pretty simple one. If you have kids in the house, use one of their plates. You could buy smaller paper plates or (my favorite) go out and buy a few special plates just for you that have a really cool design on them. Don’t worry about matching it to anything. Just make it fun for you. Eating off of smaller plates has the benefits of: making it appear as if you are eating more food since a smaller amount fills the plate and with a smaller plate it’s difficult to put a whole bunch of food on it in the first place. 

Snack on Fruits and Vegetables - In order to make this easier to do, have all the fruits and veggies cleaned and cut and “snack-ready”. I know if I have to cut up a cucumber in order to have a snack, I’ll opt for something else. When you come home from the store, set aside some slicing and dicing time. Put all of the sliced produce in ziploc bags or tupperware. If you do it all at once, it makes it easier to just grab a healthy snack when you are hungry or on the go. Snacking on fruits and vegetables adds necessary vitamins and fiber to your diet and it also fills you up with lower calorie foods which will help your total calorie reduction.

Every Time You Eat a Meal, Sit Down, Chew Slowly and Pay Attention to Flavors and Textures - Okay, this one sounds real easy but in our fast-paced world it is actually very difficult. This means when you are eating, you are only eating. No watching TV or reading or anything else you do while you’re eating so that you can accomplish two things at once. (I am so guilty of this) Slowing down and actually paying attention to our food helps us to enjoy what we eat, it helps us to be mindful of how much we are eating and it also makes us feel full faster if we eat slower.

So … are you up for the Diet Tip Trio Challenge?

Which one will you pick? Click on the “comment” link below and let me know which one you chose. To keep yourself accountable, let me know when you’re going to start. And don’t forget to come back after a week or so and let me know how things went. To see which one I picked, check out the comments.



4 Responses to “What is a Diet Tip Trio Challenge?”

  1. Okay, I’m going to get this party started - I’m going to do tip #3 (Sit down, chew slowly and pay attention to flavors and textures). I’m going to start tomorrow. This way I can read all your comments over dinner tonight :-)

    I’ll keep you posted with how things go.

    Are you up for the challenge?

  2. I like #3 also. Instead of the usual inhale method I will pay attention! Good post!

    Mark Salinass last blog post..Clear Food Choices

  3. I’m doing it but it is way harder than it sounds. I’m used to checking my email over a bowl of cereal in the morning. I have restrained myself from doing that however, I did blow it during the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Ate my whole dinner in front of the TV. I did the same thing the next night. I’m still on track for the other meals.

    This is really helping me to see how much I really do eat and do something else at the same time. Apparently, I had myself fooled into thinking I didn’t do this very often - and then I took the challenge?

    Are you up for the challenge? Are you ready to see where you might be fooling yourself into thinking you’re doing the right thing most of the time? C’mon, join me and pick one for a week.

  4. I have been trying to pay attention to the textures etc. If I get distracted I tend to stray back towards inhaling :). It is a work in progress!

    Mark Salinass last blog post..Right Brain vs. Left Brain

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