Heading into the spring and summer months, the dread of bathing suit season is upon us. Typically I don’t talk about dieting and diet ideas, only because most seem to be fads and it all differs with your genetic makeup. But recently, I heard about two South Jersey moms, Danuta Highet (a mechanical engineer) and Roberta Cahn (a bio-chemical engineer), who invented the Dish Diet. This is a program that tackles issues with diet and portion control and focuses on how you eat not what you eat.
It seems like one of those ideas that’s a no-brainer. So many times we focus on what we are eating, which is just as important, but when we don’t have proper scales and measuring resources, how can we be sure about proper portion size? Well, the Dish Diet is a set of specially-designed, patent-pending dishware that takes the guessing out of portion-control and excess calories out of your daily food intake.
I’ve seen plates that have dividers on them, but in this instance the Dish Diet plates are numerically sized so they let you “step down” your calorie intake so you can gradually adjust your portions all while eating your own food.
Highet says, “The Dish Diet program is designed to help you change your eating habits without depriving you of the foods you love. The Dish Diet is not a quick fix gimmick, it’s a tool to help you establish healthy eating habits for life.”
The cool thing is that this diet is not just for adults but it can also be used for children, because once bad eating habits are established they become more difficult to break, as most of us can attest. Many children grew up in homes where they had to eat all the food off the plate before they left the table. That stayed with them into adulthood.
On a personal level, I’m thankful for my genetic makeup because I was never overweight, and I tend to eat what I want but in moderation. There are times when people say to me, “you didn’t finish your meal,” or “what, you didn’t like that?” and it’s not that — usually it’s because I’m stuffed and just can’t eat anymore. I’m thankful that I was always able to listen to my body, and I hope that you listen to yours as well.
Nowadays you’ll notice “quality food” will come in smaller portions that are typically enough to be satisfying, but there are times when you get a plate with heaping food, or sometimes the whole plate is smothered in some type of sauce. To me that shows lack of quality and flavor by compensating with a larger portion or a sauce that “masks” the taste. Jon Henderson shares the same sentiments, saying “Quality beats quantity. Often restaurants make up for mediocre food by giving you lots of it.” Bert Bertino agrees, noting that quality trumps quantity as long as he leaves the restaurant satisfied.
On the opposite side, Mike Hampton said he doesn’t see anything wrong with plentiful portions and great quality because he loves leftovers. Erica Brooke agrees with Mike, adding that she loves the leftovers idea but still a smaller portion is more appealing and less overwhelming to eat.
For the most part people opted for quality over quantity. Normal portions are the way to go according to the views of Donna Russo Albano and Denise McCarthy Irvin, and Anthony D’Alicandro says he prefers normal-size portions because he has a tendency to eat everything on the plate (hence the point above) — sometimes, he admits, to unhealthy extremes.
Whatever the case — quality vs. quantity, large vs. small portions — pay attention to your everyday eating habits. According to the American Medical Association, when creating a plan for healthy eating, you have to remember you are not on a diet, but you are building healthier habits for a lifetime. Don’t deprive yourself but keep your weight under control. For more information regarding the Dish Diet, go to dishdiet.com. Healthy eating everyone!
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.