By Jamie Dougherty – Part #3 of the JamieLiving 5-Part Holiday Survival Guide

See Part 1 – Buffer Your Beverages
And Part 2 – Eat By Numbers

Remember the other week when you mowed through your first plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and peas just to hit the buffet for a second round?  The first plate was simply the gateway to plate number two, the serving you were actually going to taste, right?  If you are a habitual second-helping sister, this is the tip that will change your life forever.

Part 3: Become a member of the One Plate Club.

One Plate Club members take their singular plate, fill it with bits of each tasty holiday dish and then enjoy each morsel to the fullest.  They say yes to stuffing, yes to turkey, and a big freakin’ YES to dessert… but only once.

Rather than pick and graze which makes it impossible for you to know how much you are eating, have a small plate/napkin for appetizers, a plate for dinner and a very small plate/napkin for dessert.  Nothing goes into your mouth than does not first go on to a plate.  (This is key to portion control.)  Each plate then gets filled only once which allows you to taste everything while keeping track of your food and avoiding what often turns into a seven-course meal.  Eating only one plate also encourages you to sit and savor because it is a sad state of affairs when you blow through your food and then have to watch everyone else finish theirs.  No FUN!

In the comments let me know your thoughts on the One Plate Club and how it works for you.  Come on ladies, sharing is caring! (And it feels good too.)

Jamie G. Dougherty, founder of, gives women the secrets to feel amazing in their bodies and create the balance they crave between their busy schedules and eating well. Jamie believes that though kale and brown rice are good foods to put on your plate, until we truly learn HOW to eat rather than just WHAT to eat we will continue to be carb-craving, super-frazzled, stress-out ladies.