Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

5 Tips for Editing Your Diet

We tend to focus a lot on hard goods like knives and moving walls here at LifeEdited, but one of most urgent places to bring editing is our diets. According to the CDC, today’s average restaurant portion is 4 x’s larger than it was in the 50’s; a 26 lb increase in average weight is surely correlated.

We are always promoting the idea of less and better when it comes to products and architecture. Suffice to say, this principle works with food as well. Here are 5 tips for editing your diet at both restaurants and home:

  1. The CDC suggests ordering the smaller portion wherever possible (i.e. the pint vs the quart of Kung Pao chicken), sharing meals with a friend or wrapping up half your meal from the get-go. These strategies probably works best with higher quality meals that don’t excite your appetites like a Extra Value Meal from McD’s (see tip #5).
  2. Try not ordering a meal for yourself the next time you go out to a restaurant. In order to avoid being branded a mooch, explain your experiment to your meal-mates and get their approval first. Offer to offset the bill. Oftentimes, people either leave a big portion on their plates or eat that extra amount because they don’t want it to go to waste. By taking a portion of their food, you are helping keep their portions sane as well.
  3. Join the “Small Plate Movement.” Seriously, there’s a movement, which, as the name suggests, promotes using small plates to affect dietary habits. One challenge they offer is to eat off of a 10″ plate for a month. One case study they cite found that people ate 53% more snack mix when their bowl was bigger. At the LifeEdited apartment, we searched for a do-it-all plate, finally choosing one by Arzberg called the Tric soup plate. It is 8.3″ diameter with a 1″ rim, so it can work for virtually any course.
  4. You don’t need to be stuffed to be nourished. Many of us don’t consider a meal over until we feel uncomfortably full. Experiment with stopping short of that feeling. Eating fiber-rich foods like greens and other veggies help you feel fuller faster, without the bloat.
  5. Cut out junk food. It’s kinda obvious, but poor quality food is worse than poor design. You just don’t need it.

via Treehugger

  • I’ve also found that drinking more water helps edit my diet. I have a small Nalgene (cuts down on waste AND gives me measurable goals) that I take with me everywhere (even restaurants. Isn’t it strange that everything at restaurants has been super sized, with exception of the water cups which are unreasonably small?) and keep up with how much I’ve had to drink through the day by keeping tally on Evernote. 

    Great post. Keep ’em coming!

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