Divide and Conquer

The "Divide Your Plate" strategy

The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

By Joyce Hendley

Getting started on eating better would be much easier if there were a simple, “big picture” image of what a sensible eating pattern looks like. One method is winning converts and praise across the board—perhaps because of its utter simplicity. Call it the “Divide Your Plate” strategy.

What this method lacks in precision it more than makes up for in good sense. If you focus on making most of your meals look this way, you’ll automatically be following sound nutrition guidelines and choosing appropriate portions—without having to pull out a nutrition guide or a measuring cup every time.