Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes. Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)
The first and biggest thing that helped us is - (ta da - cue the horns) -
Yep, the 9 inch plate.
One of the only things that we could remember when we were leaving the hospital after Silent Sam's diagnosis was that we should use smaller plates. I have no idea who gave us this tip but we did remember it. Now, there might be a question as to whether I remembered it because it meant that I had to shop for new plates or if it was the concept of eating less because you used smaller plates. It was possibly the shopping part but we think that they have made a difference.
They were not easy to find. You certainly cannot find plates that are called "dinner plates" that are 9 inch plates. I think our plates were called "luncheon plates". In the US at this point, most dinner plates are about 12 inches in diameter.
So, if you are looking for a way to help limit your food intake without really suffering, go out and get some 9 inch plates.
Thanks for reading!