sensible eating waitplate

Sensible Eating – it’s actually really easy!

Eating should be one of those things in life we enjoy but these days, we find a lot of the joy is sucked out of the experience.  This is for many reasons:

  • Calorie counting
  • Allergies/intolerance’s
  • Poor meal planning
  • Fast food
  • Cooking for the family
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Time management

So how do we get back to enjoying our mealtimes? The answer is easy, simplify your expectations and take it all back to good ol’ sensible eating.  But how? Well here’s a few tips to get the ball rolling and hopefully help you in making your mealtimes less chaotic and more sensible.

Plan your meals: This sounds pretty obvious but it still can be neglected when we find we run out of time and just wander around the supermarket aimlessly grabbing items we think we’ll use.  Sit down with a cup of tea and write out the meals and draw up a calendar of the week ahead so you know exactly what you have planned.  Take into account that some afternoons might be busier than others with after-school activities and commitments so ensure you keep those meals simple.

Experiment with different meals: There’s no point getting annoyed at the lack of variety in your weekly menu or the fact that little Johnny is turning his nose up at your spinach pie – every week!  The world of healthy (and easy) meal ideas is at your fingertips.  Find a blog or website that offers healthy meal options or just use Google and type in some suggestions. Get adventurous and try some new foods and make meal time exciting for everyone!

Online shopping: While we may not be able to get everything we want with online shopping, it’s such a great time saver to keep things simple. It will stop those impromptu purchases too that we know we don’t need!

Include the family with meal preparation: There is no reason why the kids or husband can’t help out with dinner. It will make the experience fun for everyone and give the family some ownership of the meal and food choices on their plate.  It will also help the kids understand portion control with how much food everyone actually needs.

 

 

women enjoying waitplate portion control tableware

Why is ‘Diet’ a scary word?

“I’m going on a diet.”  Everyone has either heard this statement or said it themselves.  There seems to be such a finality in these five words and little room for compromise that it’s no wonder people often shudder when they hear it.

The word ‘diet’ itself has become such a powerful force when it comes to people searching for a way to loose weight and feel healthy.  The word diet refers to the consumption of food used for nutrition.  This is why we refer to poor food choices as a ‘bad’ diet because the nutrition side of things is lacking and the body is not receiving the diet it needs to sustain itself in a healthy manner.

However, these days the word ‘Diet’ has been ambushed by companies and products whose sole focus is to provide weight-loss solutions.  To prove this, simply type the word ‘diet’ into Google and take a moment to read through the types of search results that come up.  There’s not actually many that options which offer information on nutrition.

‘Diet’ should not be a scary word. Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in and the word ‘diet’ has almost become synonymous with being overweight.  The word ‘diet’ should be used as an educational tool to help assist individuals to make their own decisions when it comes to nutrition.

People need to be enabled with the mindset that they can be responsible for their own actions and not have to rely on a mapped out meal plan or food products.  There are many reasons that people take the step into changing their eating behaviour and these include:

  • Health concerns
  • Diagnosed Health conditions
  • Low energy levels
  • Self-confidence
  • Happiness

Notice we did not include weight-loss in this list. This is because gaining weight, just like loosing weight, is a result of other elements – it is not an action or emotion.

People don’t go on a ‘diet’ to lose weight. They go on a diet to repair something internally that is not right, whether it be medical or emotional. Unfortunately many manufactured diets are just short term plans working on a specific time frame. After this allocated time frame, whether it be 12 weeks or 12 months, the client is left on their own and inadvertently exposed to their old habits that got them in trouble in the first place.

So instead of trying to find a short-term fix, the answer is to look for lifestyle choices that can easily be incorporated into your life’s routine.  Having tools that you can use on day-to-day basis and do not have an expiry date or contract, will enable you as the intuitive individual that you are, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  You need realistic solutions that do not hinder your life but compliment it.

This is especially the case if you are trying to improve eating habits when you have a family.  Displaying an informed eating behaviour which can easily be transcended into your home, is one of the best ways to ensure success when it comes to sticking to a healthy lifestyle.  If your way of thinking and habits are something that involve the entire family/partner rather than isolate them, the support you will personally gain from your home environment, will be more effective than any personal trainer or dietitian.

Our Waitplate System embodies the philosophy that we believe you are intelligent enough to be responsible for your own health and happiness.  Having the Waitplate System in your home is having tools you and your family can physically touch and use. It is having an organic alternative to retrain your eating behaviour, right at your finger tips.  It is allowing you to eat naturally and sensibly without having to stick to a rigid meal plan. It does not have a contract or expiry date.

If you would like any more information on our products, or would like to share your journey with your Waitplate, please don’t hesitate to contact us.