plate method

Two painful feet
By Two painful feet Latest Reply 2015-07-21 12:55:31 -0500
Started 2010-02-10 21:20:37 -0600

Has any one read about the Idaho plate method of eating. You divide the plate in half and the botom half divided into 1/4's. Please let me know what you think of it.
Thank you

11 replies

GrammieMags 2015-07-21 12:55:31 -0500 Report

Hi. Researchers figured out that Americans' dinner plate has become larger over the decades. What is considered a child's plate used to be the standard dinner plate. That is the recommended size for a meal.

And the 1/2, 1/4, 1/4 work for folks who still eat 3 square meals a day! The idea is that for a regular meal, if you eat 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs, and 1/4 veggies and 'free' foods, you will have the right proportion of nutrients.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-11 23:55:16 -0600 Report

I belong to Tops and that is one of the suggestions for us to help us to eat smaller portions, a small plate. Then I read on this site, somewhere, to divide it into 1/4's, which appeals to ME, as I still can't quite cope with the numbers of other methods, just a visual guide! It helps me to be aware of just what I am eating and the size of the portions. Hugs, Pat R

dietcherry 2010-02-11 13:56:52 -0600 Report

I pretty much have always eaten this way but every 2 weeks or so will just have a sweet potato or S-F ice cream for dinner!!! This is my form of "cheating"! Question: why is it called Idaho?! Renee :)

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-12 00:05:48 -0600 Report

You always eat this way!? I don't get it…is it suppose to be portion size for each food? And if it is than an eight of a plate be pretty small to put even a spoonful of food lol. I think I just have to see it.
I try to use smaller plates, like salad's all psychological, I fill it up and I think I am eating more than I am. It works…sometimes lol.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-12 00:19:29 -0600 Report

Hi, Danni!! I see that you are still up, too—haha—the plate method isn't as strict as it might sound—-protein/meat—the size of a deck of cards, will fill one 1/4, then your veggies etc, I am trying to eat more protein—peanut butter on a rice cake, but wonder about the wisdom of a RICE cake—-but guess that is better than a 1/2 loaf of bread—-I started this morn with a boiled egg, 1/2 orange, water—one small slice of bread—-too tired to eat lunch but went to a club meeting where I indulged in a piece of Pineapple upside down cake, 3 pieces of pecans on a piece of candy on a pretzel—-then veg soup for supper. It was hamburger soup and I had just one patty of lean hamb in it so —my BS was 162, took 1/4 Glipizide (too much dumps me) am about out of strips again, so am trying to not check too often, the drugstore complained the last time I got them—-so will just check once in the eve as that seems to be my main problem time. I am going to bed—-I hope that you can sleep tonight too, Danni!!! This insomnia will make an old woman out of you—quicker! hahah—Love and hugs, Pat R

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-02-12 00:33:03 -0600 Report

Thanks Pat! I heard of the meat being a deck of cards, I never have meat, veggies and starch in one meal, or it's very seldom. I room with my friend and we "fend for ourselves" most days. Yeah, I am bout to try to hit the pillow in hopes to fall asleep.

10fluffy35 2010-02-11 09:01:46 -0600 Report

This is how they teach at the diabetic classes.
At the last class, they gave you a empty plate.
You created your own plate with all the food
choices they had to pick from. No food hanging
over the plate. ha-ha

Susie624 2010-02-11 08:03:32 -0600 Report

Yes it is a great way to help keep track 1/2plate vegetables 1/4 plate carb and 1/4 plate protein

Harlen 2010-02-10 22:25:39 -0600 Report

For me it was a joke as a chef I set up my plate to look good nomater what I am serving if it looks good it will be good
I use the carb method and I keep my BS inline well and I am dropping lbs
It works I work out as well but lightly
Best wishes

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