Balance: The Plate Model for Food and Soul


Balance is the opposite of busyness. Busyness increases stress, interrupts self-care and distracts us from adding balance to our lives.

In today’s post we’ll check out the plate model for the body and the healthy platter model for the mind and see how both  can show us a way to calibrate without counting calories or tracking every moment.

Here at Green Mountain we have used the plate model for over 30 years to guide women with healthy eating without dieting.  Recently the US government has changed the food pyramid to the plate model encouraging us to eat many more fruits and vegetables and to be more aware of portion size.

Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. David Rock have used this concept as a springboard to create the Healthy Mind Platter which cleverly diagrams how to add balance into our lives.  Below are their seven essential daily mental activities.

  • Focus Time
  • Play Time
  • Connecting Time
  • Physical Time
  • Time In
  • Down Time

Inclusion of each of the items on this platter can add balance to our lives. For many busy women adding play may feel like the biggest stretch, but the one that can make a remarkable difference in the quality of our lives.  Perhaps the fireworks on the 4th of July can engage our playful selves.

By experimenting with what is fun you can start reconnecting your head and to your body. Just like feeding yourself 3 meals a day at predictable times helps you to reconnect with your hunger/satiety cues, fun connects you to your spirit and helps you to balance your day.

What mind platter delicacy do you want to add your life this week?

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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