30-Day Skinny Plate Challenge

30-Day Skinny Plate Challenge

You are invited to take the Skinny Plate Challenge for the next 30 days and become a member of the Skinny Plate Club. If you are ready to slim down, get healthier and change your eating habits for good, this challenge is for you. This is one of the first steps toward living a healthier lifestyle and shedding some of those unwanted pounds. Keep in mind this challenge is not a ‘diet’ but a step in the right direction toward making healthier food choices and eating smaller portions…about the size of your palm, fist or a deck of cards. We encourage eating healthy and doing so as a lifestyle choice.

IMPORTANT:  To fully understand how this challenge works, it’s important that you read the entire post.

Here are the guidelines:

Skinny Plates = Salad Plate Size (about 7″)– Whether you are at home, work, picnic or in a restaurant… all meals must be served on a plate the size of a salad plate.

Portion Sizes – The portions of your foods must be no larger than the palm of your hand. That means ‘normal’ restaurant portions have to be cut down in size to fit on your skinny plate.

Number of Portions – All Skinny Plate meals are limited to no more than three portions. For example, if you are having chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and rolls…BEEP!!! Only three of these foods are allowed and must fit comfortably on your Skinny Plate.

Foods to Eat – It’s about taking baby steps and this is one of those steps that will help get you into the habit of eating smaller portions and less food with every meal. This challenge encourages eating whole foods, unrefined sweeteners, lean proteins and drinking plenty of water throughout the day. However, the guidelines for this challenge do not require eating particular types of food. The choice of what foods to place on your Skinny Plate is yours.

Number of Skinny Plates per day – Eat the same number of meals as you normally would. This challenge is about portion control.

Here are some Q & A’s about this challenge:

Q: What about desserts?
A: Desserts count as one of the three foods and must also be no larger than the palm of your hand.

Q: Does my drink count as one of the three foods?
A: No, your drink isn’t included in the three foods. If you’re having anything other than water or unsweetened tea, limit the amount to a 12 ounce serving or small size. We do encourage you to drink more water and fewer sodas, fruit drinks containing sugar, shakes, and artificially sweetened water.

Q: What about soup?
A: Soup does count as one of your three foods…so choose wisely.

Q: Can I have a salad that fills the plate and count that as all three foods?
A: Yes, as long as it isn’t weighed down with a cream dressing. We recommend EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) & vinegar (red, white, apple cider, balsamic, white balsamic, etc..) or freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Q: Can I have three of the same food items for my Skinny Plate?
A: Yes, but it’s not recommended. SkinnyMs. recommends a balanced plate with a lean protein, complex carbohydrate, and a healthy fat. Examples of complex carbs are fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains, dry beans/legumes, low-fat dairy, and raw nuts and seeds. Examples of healthy fats include olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, avocado, salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, and sardines. Raw nuts and seeds also fit into this category. Lean proteins are of course meats, fish, eggs, and low-fat dairy. As you may have noticed some foods fit into more than one category. This list consists of examples and is not complete.

Q: I love good old-fashioned hamburgers…is that considered one item or are the bun and condiments separate items?
A: A hamburger will be considered one item with the normal bun and condiments. However, think slider, White Castle or a burger that will be no larger than the palm of your hand. Easy?

Q: Can I have snacks and if so what about the portion size?
A: Two snacks a day are permitted. Snacks consist of items like raw nuts, raisins, one piece of fruit, etc.. Here’s some great suggestions.

Q: How can I become a member of the Skinny Plate Club, and is it free?
A: Yes, it is free. You become a member after successfully completing the 30 day challenge.  This simply means, after the 30 days has ended,  you take a pledge to continue to eat smaller portions, as defined above. It’s an honorary membership!

Check out Ten Tips on How to Avoid Overeating.

By taking this BIG baby step for one month, we think you’ll see a definite difference in how you look and feel.

Now that you’re eating smaller portions, what about starting a fitness program? This is the next logical step in your journey toward a healthier lifestyle. We have a program designed for all fitness levels with a step-by-step guide that was created for those who need an effective home workout program. Check out TOTAL BODY TRANSFORMATION today.

Comment below if you’re in on the challenge. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in once a week and letting us hear from you. We feel confident that you’ll succeed and your willpower will only get stronger.

None of the information contained in this challenge is intended to replace qualified, medical advice. Please seek qualified advice from your doctor before beginning this or any challenge.

306 Comments on "30-Day Skinny Plate Challenge"

  1. Suziegreear  June 1, 2012

    I started using a small plate recently but I haven't been sticking to the rule and certainly not choosing just 3 portions. So, I am all for this starting right now. Off to form a good habit…

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Suzie, YEAH!!! Welcome…so happy to have you in on the challenge.

      Reply
      • Momof8  April 21, 2016

        I, would like to,do, this!!

        Reply
  2. Jessica Shuler  June 1, 2012

    I think this is a great idea!  I started using a salad plate for all of my food this week.  I am in for the challenge!  

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Jessica, Great…so happy you're joining in!

      Reply
  3. Kristie  June 1, 2012

    I'm in. I'll link to this from my blog! http://needcoffeeplease.blogspot.com

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Kristie, Good idea! Welcome
      aboard! :)

      Reply
  4. Haley Ann18  June 1, 2012

    Can't wait to add this to my 12 week transformation I started yesterday!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Haley, YOU ROCK!!! Perfect
      idea of combining the two.
      We would love if you keep
      us posted on your progress!

      Reply
  5. Heather  June 1, 2012

    Excited to try this. I will say that my family has switched to sliders instead of regular burgers and we love them. I find them to be completely satisfying!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Heather, I agree…those BIG
      restaurant burgers are way
      too big and overly filling!

      Reply
  6. Multibear2001  June 1, 2012

    Is a 9" plate to big or is it ok. Or do I need a smaller plate? Let me know.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Multibear,
      I would recommend a 7" plate!

      Reply
  7. AmyD  June 1, 2012

    AWESOME!! I have a weight loss group I'm in charge of and we're all doing this!! Thank you! I love the idea!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Amy, I love that idea. Keek us posted on your group and what they think about the challenge! :)

      Reply
    • sandra  July 23, 2013

      I am in on challenge :)

      Reply
  8. Marisa  June 1, 2012

    I really need to smarten up. I tried the "eat two cups of veggies before every meal challenge" and failed after two days, but this challenge might be more doable…so I'm signing up.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Marisa, This challenge is
      definitely doable…You'll do
      great! Keep us posted.

      Reply
  9. Foursperos  June 1, 2012

    I'm in too!! Good Luck Everyone!! I'm excited. Trying the Tuscan Turkey Meatloaf recipe tonight too, smaller portions is what Weight Watchers preaches too.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Foursperos, Excellent choice
      to kick start the challenge!

      Reply
  10. Jennysturm  June 1, 2012

    I'm in!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Jenny, YEAH!!! Welcome
      aboard…we're all in this
      together. :)

      Reply
  11. Kabrumm  June 1, 2012

    I am so in – I can't wait to start!!  Just read it so tomorrow is the day!!:)  Love this challenge – it will be a challenge but will really help with the portion control!

    Reply
  12. Chawnw  June 2, 2012

    I'm going to try this. I just started with a registered dietician and she loves the idea too. My trainer supports it as well. Wish me luck! This is definitely gonna be a challenge!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Yes, but you can do it!!! I'm
      so happy your dietician likes
      the idea! :)

      Reply
  13. Robbielgearhart  June 2, 2012

    Starting today!!!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Robbie, So happy you're in!
      Can't wait to hear about your
      progress! Love your enthusiasm!

      Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      YEAH!!!!

      Reply
  14. Debfrank07  June 2, 2012

    Here I go! I'm gonna rock this challenge!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Deb, No doubt that you will!!
      Welcome to the Skinny Plate
      Challenge!

      Reply
  15. Dawn  June 2, 2012

    I'm new to this group, so this is my first challenge.  I'm in… going to implament this at my house when my daughter gets home from seeing her dad as well.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Dawn, One challenge leads
      to another. We're so happy
      to have you onboard!

      Reply
  16. love811  June 2, 2012

    Count me in!!  I was just thinking the other day about my portion sizes and that they are not in check….

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Love811, You're officially in!

      Reply
  17. Wiggler71  June 2, 2012

    Whoohoo…count me in

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      You're in!

      Reply
  18. Jla1120  June 2, 2012

    Definitely going to try this challenge. I think it's a small change that is completely doable to help me lose weight!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Jla1120, Small steps work
      best and long term. Welcome
      to the Skinny Plate Challenge!

      Reply
  19. Alisonjones04  June 2, 2012

    Count me in :)

    Reply
  20. Christalamantez7  June 2, 2012

    I am doing this challenge.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Christa, Love your attitude…yep,
      you will definitely succeed!

      Reply
  21. AmyNic  June 2, 2012

    Can't wait to try this!
    Gonna start today as well as do my Body by Vi shakes, so when I do eat it is only on a salad plate :)
    That will help so much! Wish me luck for the month of June. Bc I am so easily discouraged.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Amy, Good luck to you. The truth is
      you don't need luck…you have inside
      you what it takes to successfully complete
      this challenge. Just know in
      your thinking that you are
      in charge and you will succeed!!!
      :)

      Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Amy, Good luck to you. The truth is
      you don’t need luck…you have inside
      you what it takes to successfully complete
      this challenge. Just know in
      your thinking that you are
      in charge and you will succeed!!!
      :)

      Reply
  22. Kbarker58  June 2, 2012

    Starting this today! My son and I joined a gym and had our first work out this morning…. He is getting fit to leave in August for Navy Boot Camp and I need to lose weight and get fit!! Thank you for this Challenge !!

    Reply
  23. Sasalukester  June 2, 2012

    I'm in! I CAN do this!!!

    Reply
  24. Beth  June 2, 2012

    I'm doing this. Staring today!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Beth, So happy you're onboard with
      the rest of us!

      Reply
  25. Bucheli  June 2, 2012

    I will do the challenge!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      Bucheli, Yippie!!!!!! Welcome.

      Reply
    • Kelly  September 28, 2013

      We already use the salad plate most of the time, but better portion control is something I look forward to mastering! I'm in!

      Reply
  26. D_adams45304  June 2, 2012

    I am definitely trying this one out. I can do this challenge :)

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      D_Adams, GREAT!! Yes you can!!!

      Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      D_Adams, GREAT!! Yes you can!!!

      Reply
  27. Wiesnerschaub  June 2, 2012

    Let control be regained!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 2, 2012

      YES!!!

      Reply
  28. Bucheli  June 2, 2012

    I will do the challenge!

    Reply
  29. Beth  June 2, 2012

    I’m doing this. Staring today!

    Reply
  30. Tjdolan  June 2, 2012

    Gonna give it a try. Ready for positive change.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 3, 2012

      Great!! Welcome in.

      Reply
  31. shellreich  June 3, 2012

    I like the smaller plate idea. Portion sizes are sometimes hard to judge.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 4, 2012

      Shell, Just judge based on your
      palm size.

      Reply
  32. Septiva4u@aol.com  June 3, 2012

    I'm taking the challenge should be fun and beneficial.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 4, 2012

      Great!

      Reply
  33. Sblanchard2  June 3, 2012

    Not sure that I can do this; don't think I've ever finished anything I've started but I'm going to give it a try. I've only got 5 lbs to lose so I tend to use that as an excuse to cheat. But, that's why I've still got 5 lbs to lose! So, I'll start with lunch today and take it one meal at a time!

    Reply
  34. Kattbratt  June 3, 2012

    This sounds like a great challenge amd one I need to learn to do! I am in!!!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 4, 2012

      Katt, We think so…welcome aboard!

      Reply
  35. azakhot  June 3, 2012

    I'm in! Down 16lbs since March 1st with 15 more to go. I think this will really help me.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 4, 2012

      Great! Keep us posted.

      Reply
  36. Jmcmichael72  June 4, 2012

    I'm in!

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 5, 2012

      YEAH!!!

      Reply
  37. Queenatina  June 4, 2012

    I love this idea! I started yesterday. I even ate at a restaurant and used the skinny plate guidelines. I was full without feeling like I ate way too much and I don't feel deprived.

    Reply
  38. Jessica Shupe  June 6, 2012

    I think I am going to try this and have a friend join in to make a challenge between the both of us :) Thank you for this information, I HATE dieting but portion control is completely different than a diet and I can't wait to try.

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 6, 2012

      Jessica, Love the idea of a friendly
      challenge. Portion control is the
      best first step toward meeting weight
      loss goals. Next month will be the 2nd
      step in a series of Skinny Ms. Challenges!

      Reply
  39. Viceve115  June 6, 2012

    I get on the "saucer" diet a lot of days, a friend had suggested it years ago.  She would say, what falls off, you cannot have and you would be surprised how many pancakes you can stack on a saucer….LOL…..I have a question, I don't eat a lot of what comes out of a garden, mainly what I eat from there are a variety of beans and peas, corn and potatoes.  I guess you can say, what comes in a can…..what can I substitute for the healthier foods I do not eat…..

    Reply
    • skinnyms  June 6, 2012

      Viceve115, Definitely begin eating fewer
      canned foods and more whole foods like
      fresh fruits & vegetables. It takes more time
      than opening a can but well worth it. Try for one week to only buy food from the grocery store that have no more than 1 ingredient. Here's the example: bananas, sweet potatoes, apple, egg, dry beans, carrots, cauliflower, kale, orange, etc.. If you can find a canned food with only one ingredient I'd be shocked.
      At the least canned foods contain one food + sodium (salt). When you make your own, you control how
      much salt or sweetener goes in a dish. Keep us posted! :)

      Reply
  40. Marisa  June 7, 2012

    Four days in…so far so good!

    Reply
  41. Sam  June 8, 2012

    Cool, I'm in.  I am somewhat there already, just need to par down to  the 3 foods.  My family already knows when they set the table I want a smaller plate. I was surprised the first time they got it right!  If they are eating on the smaller dinner plates that I normally use, I get a saucer and use that.  Love it! 

    Reply
  42. Lindsayadams  June 8, 2012

    I'm going to try this out – why not?

    Reply
  43. Karenscookiesnmore  June 8, 2012

    Started to do this a few weeks ago (the smaller plate but I added smaller eating fork and spoon working good so far) . Will try this challenge. this. is my first challenge so let's be strong and healthy together.

    Reply
  44. Jeska3208  June 8, 2012

    we are doing this.  Myself and a friend and my kiddos. we haven't started yet. But We can't wait!…

    Reply
  45. Sunnyrains  June 8, 2012

    I'm in! I gave birth to twins seven months ago via csection and still need to lose the extra pooch in my belly…

    Reply
  46. j516  June 8, 2012

    Sounds like a great challenge! I think this will really help staying on track when I'm not at home, especially with lots of BBQs coming up.

    Reply
  47. momoffour  June 8, 2012

    I am going to give this a go….I actually started yesterday, before I read this!!  I am in a definite need of change…after 4 kiddo's,  no exercising and not watching what I eat…my future is not looking so great, if I continue this path!!  Also, I will be setting an example for my children! 

    Reply
  48. Jaynie000  June 8, 2012

    Great idea! I'm in!

    Reply
  49. Drennerm  July 16, 2012

    I know its in the middle of the month, but this challenge starts for me today :)

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  July 17, 2012

      Drennerm,

      Good for you!!! Keep us posted on your progress. :)

      Reply
  50. Jensie Churchill  January 21, 2013

    Already started doing something similar… I’m In!

    Reply
  51. Gwen  January 24, 2013

    I am curious about gravies. I never go over the serving size. Do I have to count this as 1 food or is it part of the food it is on? Same thing with mini hot dogs.

    Reply
  52. Steph  January 27, 2013

    I started the challenge 1 week ago today and lost 10 pounds. (I have a lot to lose.) I bought some Corelle bread and butter plates that are almost 7 inches and some IKEA rectangle shaped 7" plates to have the right sized plates. I'm planning on doing this for the long haul.

    I've been amazed at the amount of extra space I have freed up in my cabinets simply from downsizing my dishes. I have removed all of the huge mugs, glasses, water bottles, plates, bowls, and utensils. Seeing the extra space is a good motivator too. It is a visual reminder explaining how I got this big.

    I also read a couple books on portion sizes. The Portion Teller's Diet is an excellent book that goes into detail about how the food industry went on an upsizing spree in the 80's. Because it was incrementally done people just didn't realize how much they were really eating.

    Reply
  53. Susan Saldivar  February 7, 2013

    I’m in…need to shed these last 10 lbs. Great tips!

    Reply
  54. Jodi Waidelich Rupp  February 12, 2013

    This sounds like a great idea and way to shed some of these unwanted pounds!

    Reply
  55. Skinny Ms.  February 12, 2013

    You’ll be amazed! Let us know how it goes for you.

    Reply
  56. Sandy Herbert  April 2, 2013

    I'm in too. I 've been having too much fun in Az this winter!

    Reply
  57. Kathy  April 21, 2013

    im in… im working out with zumba and walking on tread mill now eating out of small plate… here i come skinny me…

    Reply
  58. Mel  June 14, 2013

    Love this Challenge! The day is almost over so I'm starting tomorrow, June 15th. Can't wait! I'll check in every week ; )

    Reply
  59. jenn Wells  July 22, 2013

    My husband and I are both going to do this. What a great idea. We had already picked up some smaller bowls for eating things like Charro Beans, the small plates is a good idea too!

    Reply
  60. Charleen  July 22, 2013

    I will accept this challenge!!!

    Reply
  61. Teresa  July 22, 2013

    I'm in!!!

    Reply
  62. WilmaNC  July 22, 2013

    This sounds like such a good idea! Starting tomorrow. How do you count cereal? In a sauce dish?

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  July 23, 2013

      Wilma, Yes, or just eat half the amount you normally would if it seems larger than your palm.

      Reply
  63. Jennifer  July 22, 2013

    I'm in! Excited about this because I definitely eat too much per meal!!

    Reply
  64. Kim  July 22, 2013

    I am up for a challenge!

    Reply
  65. Dawn Cose Putney  July 23, 2013

    I am so in for this challenge!

    Reply
  66. Christine Lee  July 24, 2013

    I WILL

    Reply
  67. tweedy08  July 24, 2013

    I'm in!!

    Reply
  68. Elaine  July 24, 2013

    I'm in for the challenge!

    Reply
  69. Kathleen McGinnis Sieger  July 24, 2013

    I CAN do this too !! I already bought a few pretty salad plates to use !

    Reply
  70. Michele  July 24, 2013

    I'll take this challenge.

    Reply
  71. Kathy  July 24, 2013

    I really need to lose and would like to do this. I'm in. I hope I can do it!!!

    Reply
  72. Ruth Rater  July 24, 2013

    We are so doing this!!

    Reply
  73. Holleysmom  July 24, 2013

    I'm in.

    Reply
  74. Emery  July 24, 2013

    Ok, I'm going to give it a try. I will start tomorrow morning because I have already ate my fair share for lunch already. Water for supper. Wish me luck.

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  July 25, 2013

      Emery, Best of luck..you can do it!!! Keep us posted.

      Reply
  75. Danielle Gates Rush  July 24, 2013

    I am totally in on this. I need to do something to shake up my routine,.

    Reply
  76. Betty Joe Williamson  July 24, 2013

    I'm in! I have been on WW and have lost 39 lbs. —-Many more lbs. to go. However, this challenge works in with WW great. They talk a lot about the smaller plate. Thanks.

    Reply
  77. Cyndi711  July 24, 2013

    I'm in! I can't wait

    Reply
  78. Sonya D  July 24, 2013

    I love this. I ate smaller portions a few years ago and have slowly gotten off of it. I cannot wait to begin this again.

    Reply
  79. Kathy L  July 24, 2013

    I am in!!! I think I will go to the dollar store and look for a colorful "skinny plate"!

    Reply
  80. ~Kacy~  July 24, 2013

    I will start tomorrow! I have been all about portion control. Thanks! 😀

    Reply
  81. Tanya  July 24, 2013

    I want to give this a try. My portions have gotten too big!

    Reply
  82. Mariel Ortego  July 24, 2013

    I want to join! Count me in! I'll start tomorrow coz i just ate my dinner. :)

    Reply
  83. Sharon  July 25, 2013

    It's worth a try!

    Reply
  84. Michele  July 25, 2013

    My husband and I are both doing it!

    Reply
  85. Lisa Cantrell  August 4, 2013

    I'm in. I have joined a gym and changed my breakfast to a healthy smoothie and making sure to take healthy snacks to work. I log my food on my fitness pal. Still not seeing the weight loss I was hoping for and I know it's my eating habits. So this might be a good baby step for me.

    Reply
  86. Jacqueline Vollmer  August 4, 2013

    I want to be in this too!!!

    Reply
  87. Tricia  August 4, 2013

    I'm in…let's go!

    Reply
  88. Teresa Smith  August 6, 2013

    I'm in for this challenge !

    Reply
  89. Pam  August 8, 2013

    Ok, I am going to try this starting now! It seems so simple!

    Reply
  90. Traci  August 13, 2013

    I'm in! :)

    Reply
  91. Christine  August 13, 2013

    I'm in! Starting tomorrow because my children return to school :) Ready to start something new with them.

    Reply
  92. cori  August 13, 2013

    im in!!

    Reply
  93. Barb Childers  August 13, 2013

    I'm totally in and I've shared the link with my group http://www.facebook.com/groups/HealthyExpectations and have encouraged them to DO THIS!! What a great way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle of eating!

    Reply
  94. Cynthia  August 13, 2013

    Great idea! I'm in CL

    Reply
  95. Louann  September 28, 2013

    I'm in, I'm in, I'm in!!!!!! I'll be starting this on October 1st. I need to clean the bad stuff out of my pantry and fridge and visit the grocery and farmers market.

    Reply
  96. Ronda Kaufman  September 28, 2013

    I'm in for the challenge..

    Reply
  97. carol  September 28, 2013

    will do with my husband!

    Reply
  98. Sharon Stairs McDaniel  September 28, 2013

    Going to give it a try and share! Who's with me?

    Reply
  99. Susan  September 28, 2013

    I just love this site and have been following the advice I get here. I am definitely taking this challenge !

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  September 29, 2013

      Great! Keep us posted on your success. :)

      Reply
  100. Cindy  September 28, 2013

    I'm in!

    Reply
  101. Jean Hart  September 29, 2013

    I'm in for the challenge!

    Reply
  102. Anita Fitch  September 29, 2013

    I am ready to do this challenge!

    Reply
  103. NRGrim  October 24, 2013

    I'm in!

    Reply
  104. KathyinFL  October 24, 2013

    how do I figure my breakfast smoothie into this? Ingredients: 1 cup frozen fruit, 1/2 small banana, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1/3 cup greek plain yogurt, 1 cup almond milk. Suggestions needed!!

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  October 25, 2013

      Kathy, I would recommend, 1/2 cup frozen fruit, 1/2 banana, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1/3 Greek yogurt and reduce the almond milk to 3/4 cup.

      Reply
  105. Anita  October 24, 2013

    How do you sign up?

    Reply
    • Skinny Ms.  October 25, 2013

      Anita, You don’t need to sign up, just note in the comments that you are joining.

      Reply
  106. Bethany  November 15, 2013

    What about Thanksgiving?

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  November 16, 2013

      Bethany, That's up to you. I typically eat on a regular size plate for Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, I don't have seconds. :)

      Reply
  107. Cassie  November 15, 2013

    I will be starting this skinny plate Challenge today! :)

    Reply
  108. Richelle Ross  November 17, 2013

    I'm going to start this. I've been having abdominal pains the last couple of months and so far no tests have come up with an answer (waiting on a CTE scan results). My hope is to be able to control this issue with portion control and food choices if nothing else!!

    Reply
  109. catie  December 10, 2013

    I will do the challenge :)

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  December 10, 2013

      Catie, Keep us posted!

      Reply
  110. Melli  January 2, 2014

    I live in the UK and I have just discovered this website. Right now I'm doing the 3-day detox (day 2 and still counting!) and I want to continue the work done. The 30 day skinny plate challenge sounds like the right transition as I have issues with portion sizes. I understand that the plate must be no more than 7 inches but what about bowls? Also, I take packed lunches to work in reusable containers – so how would this work?

    You mention the three portion rule. So for example, if I were out in a restaurant and had a 3 course meal The salad would count as one portion, the main as the second and the desert as the third is that correct? If so, would that mean I could have only one item on my plate as the main?!?!? Please clarify. I really want to put my stomach under control so please help!

    On a final note, I would just like to say that I really enjoy this website and thanks for the free links – it makes the commitment more worth it.

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  January 3, 2014

      Melli,

      Thanks so much! This challenge is a way to transition into a more healthy eating plan. Whatever you choose as your three portions, make sure they are no larger than the size of your palm. I would prefer you eat healthy options, but for this challenge, you are permitted to eat whatever you choose, weather it's two mains and a side. :)

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  111. Melli  January 2, 2014

    I live in the UK and I have just discovered this website. Right now I'm doing the 3-day detox (day 2 and still counting!) and I want to continue the work done. The 30 day skinny plate challenge sounds like the right transition as I have issues with portion sizes. I understand that the plate must be no more than 7 inches but what about bowls? Also, I take packed lunches to work in reusable containers – so how would this work?

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  January 3, 2014

      Hi Melli,

      For bowls and containers, you will need to eyeball the portion sizes. Just make sure each portion is approximately the size of your palm. If you are using our recipes, follow the recommended serving size. Most all of our soup & stew recipes recommend 8 ounces. If you have specific questions, feel free to email me directly at gale@skinnyms.com. :)

      Reply
  112. Jackie  January 9, 2014

    I am leader of a wieighloss group and tonight is our first day back after the holidays, they don't know what they're in for,lol, but we will be starting this tomorrow, I think it's fabulous, great way to start the year!!! Thanks!

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  February 8, 2014

      Jackie, How's it going?

      Reply
  113. Lucie Winborne  January 31, 2014

    Okay, I'm new to this so have a couple of questions that might not sound so smart.

    First, you obviously can't fit soup in the palm of your hand, so how do you measure that for your meal?

    Second, for much of this month, for lunch, I've been having a veggie burger with a slice of veggie cheese on bread, along with a steam in the bag vegetable, because it's relatively low-cal (about 500 calories) and easy to do at work. Does the slice of cheese count as a single portion? Obviously I'll have to give up the bread, but I was thinking of doing that anyway, as I'm trying to reduce my A1C blood sugar level to below 6.0 and should probably cut carbs.

    And as for the steamed vegetable – how does one measure a palm-of-hand portion?

    Thanks for any advice. :-)

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  February 8, 2014

      Lucie, Follow the serving size of each recipe if you are unsure. For soups, I generally recommend one cup. You'll have to eyeball veggies, but a one cup serving should be fine.

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  114. Lucie Winborne  January 31, 2014

    I'll give it a shot, starting tomorrow. May screw up a few times, but I'll try. Trying to lose 74 pounds by the end of this year – started on January 1. Doing the 30-day Ab Challenge as well.

    Reply
  115. Lucie Winborne  January 31, 2014

    Oh, heck, I really do feel like a dummy, but I forgot to ask…does my breakfast smoothie (fruit, almond milk, protein powder, flax seed and raw spinach) need to be no more than 12 oz.?

    Reply
    • GaleCompton  February 8, 2014

      Lucie, 8 – 12 ounces.

      Reply
  116. ann  February 1, 2014

    I'm in

    Reply
  117. Anna Pergamo-Solimando Duffy  February 12, 2014

    whohoo!!!! ready for the challenge!!!!! Anyone else wants to join the 30 day challenge with me…

    Reply
  118. Ellen  February 19, 2014

    Started today. Thinking back on lunch–perhaps a little too generous? A work in progress…

    Reply
  119. Jean C.  February 28, 2014

    I'm in for the challenge. We usually do eat on salad plates!

    Reply
  120. Donna Churchill  February 28, 2014

    I am on my last 30 days of my challenge, it's a perfect time to start this challenge as well!! I am #ALLin !!!

    Reply
  121. Kris riley  February 28, 2014

    Both my husband and I are going to do this challenge! Start tomorrow I think.

    Reply
  122. Keena Baker  February 28, 2014

    I am in. I have been eating healthier for over 6 months now and lost about 40lbs. But I have been battling this sinus infection and I cannot taste anything so I have been eating everything trying to satisfy this hungry feel by satisfying my taste buds. So I am looking forward this challenge.

    Reply
  123. Christine in Canada  March 1, 2014

    I want to join this challenge but i have a question that hopefully will be answered… i understand the portion has to be no larger than the palm of the hand…I like to weight my food, it gives me a sense of safety that i am doing this right… any pointers regarding the weight of fruits, veggies, meat, grains,etc?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      Serving per meal:
      Meat= 3 ounces
      Grains= 1 ounce
      Fruits and Vegetables= 6 ounces

      Reply
  124. Renee L  March 1, 2014

    Going to try this! Starting today.

    Reply
  125. Tammy  March 1, 2014

    Count me in too…..

    Reply
  126. Mercedes Kelly  March 1, 2014

    i love how this site isnt boring! it really motivates me i have high triglycerides and trying my best to get them down! my number was close to 600 normal is 100 …im praying i can do it! im taking FISH OIL OCEAN BLUE BRAND 1050 mg im taking for them a day hoping that helps .my body rejected the meds i was put on so im eating healthy as possible ty ms skinny for all the inspiration!

    Reply
  127. Robin Shearer Elibrahim  March 1, 2014

    im in too!!!!

    Reply
  128. Linda Hallauer  March 1, 2014

    I'm gonna have to go out and get new plates! All I've got are dinner plates and dessert plates. But once I do that, I'm all in! I've tried so many of your recipes and have loved them all. I have a whole stack of more to try!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      You may be able to use the dessert plates if they are a similar size as the salad plates. If they are too small, yes it sounds like you might have to.

      Reply
  129. Kitsuné Shadow  March 10, 2014

    This is exactly what my wee granny used to do when she felt she needed to lose weight. Who knew she'd be right? She was a skinny mini, though – should have guessed!

    Reply
  130. Mandy  April 19, 2014

    Love this! Step by step instructions and Q&A makes this easy and crystal clear. So excited to start!

    Reply
  131. kathleen morton  April 24, 2014

    SO in!

    Reply
  132. Bonnie  May 8, 2014

    I'm in.

    Reply
  133. heather  May 8, 2014

    I will do the challenge

    Reply
  134. Karen  May 8, 2014

    I am really ready for this here I come

    Reply
  135. Allison  May 8, 2014

    I will do the challenge

    Reply
  136. Guest  May 9, 2014

    Does this challenge change if I am also weight-lifting and increasing physical activity?

    Reply
  137. Penny  May 13, 2014

    I'm in! I have about 20 lbs to lose…looking forward to getting fit!

    Reply
  138. Barbara Murray  May 30, 2014

    Cool, I'll give it a go.

    Reply
  139. Johanna  May 30, 2014

    I' m in! I will do the challenge!

    Reply
  140. itcbeth  May 30, 2014

    I'm in – sounds like this is what I need!

    Reply
  141. Cindy  May 30, 2014

    I am in!

    Reply
  142. Linda  May 30, 2014

    I'm in

    Reply
  143. Stacie  May 30, 2014

    I am starting today! Any words of wisdom!

    Reply
  144. Georgette  June 1, 2014

    I'm in!!!!

    Reply
  145. Patti Newberr  June 1, 2014

    Now, on certain days I run quite a distance (like yesterday I ran 11 miles), there is no way I could survive on that small of amount of food. How does that work? I also eat a lot more on a regular basis b/c of lower blood sugar issues and just over all a higher level of fitness. I'm not sure I could reach my calorie goal by doing this challenge. Is there a way to still participate but on my level of nutritional need? Just curious, thanks!!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  June 4, 2014

      Patti, If you're burning tons of calories you may need to compensate by adding more nutrients into your diet. I would check with a dietician to make sure you're getting enough food. Going hungry is never an option.

      Reply
  146. Denise  June 1, 2014

    What about breakfast? Can I still eat my bowl of oatmeal?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  June 4, 2014

      Denise, Definitely!

      Reply
  147. Doris  June 2, 2014

    Hi – I'm in

    Question regarding smoothies?
    Are smoothies with fruit/ unsweetened Almond milk or juice/ light yogurt considered a snack because of the fruit – or is it a meal when the glass is served on your small plate in a glass?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  June 4, 2014

      Doris, It can still be considered a meal. Just be sure to follow the serving size of the recipe.

      Reply
  148. Davette Martin  July 4, 2014

    I'm in. I've lost 34 pounds & have about 17 to go. I've hit a wall. I am learning as much as I can about food, portions, & health.

    Reply
  149. nancy  July 14, 2014

    This is the motivation I've been needing.I'm in.

    Reply
  150. Shannon  July 21, 2014

    I'm in

    Reply
  151. Kris  July 21, 2014

    I'm soooo in!!!

    Reply
  152. Marilyn  July 21, 2014

    Started skinny plates the Monday after Mother's Day this year. (A little over 2 months ago.) My husband has lost 18 pounds, and I have lost 26. When we eat out we share a meal so we always still have a skinny plate. Great idea, and it works! We eat mainly fruits and vegetables with 1 fish, 2 meats, 2 eggs, very little gluten, and about 2 oz. of cheese weekly. Walk 2 miles at least 5 times weekly. THANKS for all your great ideas and recipes!!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  July 21, 2014

      Marilyn, That's amazing!! Congratulations and you are very welcome:)!!

      Reply
  153. Sarah  July 21, 2014

    I'm SO in!

    Reply
  154. TriciaD  July 31, 2014

    I'm in! This sounds more reasonable and less disruptive to my life. I'm going to try this and do my best!

    Reply
  155. Chrissy  July 31, 2014

    I'm ready for the challenge!

    Reply
  156. Bridget  July 31, 2014

    I'm In

    Reply
  157. VickyD  August 1, 2014

    I'm in….I'll give it a try.

    Reply
  158. BecP  August 1, 2014

    I'm definitley doing this. Planeed on starting today, and have eaten ok, but am a bit confused about a couple things!!!

    Breakfast…. if i have cereal..is that ok? Museli for example?
    And for lunch today i had a chicken salad. Is the salad (lettuce tomato and cucumber) one portion or are they the three things meaning I was wrong having the chicken too?

    Sorry for all the questions. Want to do this right!!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  August 1, 2014

      BecP, It depends on the size, not the ingredients, so if the salad filled the whole 7" Skinny plate that was the 3 portions allotted for one meal. As for cereal, only have the portion size that is listed on the box. This is probably about 1/2 cup. You could add fruit to the cereal.

      Reply
  159. Lucretia  August 9, 2014

    I am up for the challenge.. Adding this to my yoga routine, I hope to get back on track soon and feeling healthy and alive again

    Reply
  160. Andrea Thielen  August 19, 2014

    I would love to join in on this. Is there a group to check in on?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  August 20, 2014

      Andrea, There's no set group but you can do it with a friend/ coworker/ spouse if you like.

      Reply
  161. Kathy  August 30, 2014

    Count me in!

    Reply
  162. Ginger  August 31, 2014

    I'm in too.

    Reply
  163. Camera Bug  September 1, 2014

    I'm in. I lost 50# in one year on WW. Then went into depression after my Dad died and gained 30# back. No longer going to WW but fighting it tooth and nail. This should help.

    Reply
  164. Angela Gibson  September 1, 2014

    Signing up. Great idea!

    Reply
  165. Liz  September 1, 2014

    I am in!

    Reply
  166. Patty  September 1, 2014

    I want to try

    Reply
  167. Dana  September 1, 2014

    I can do this…Now to buy more salad plates!

    Reply
  168. Donna  September 1, 2014

    I will do challenge!!

    Reply
  169. Cathi  September 1, 2014

    I'm in

    Reply
  170. Linda  September 2, 2014

    Challenge accepted!!

    Reply
  171. Marie  September 16, 2014

    Ok i am in for the challenge. :) perfect timing. I am ready for it. My birthday is October 26 and have a goal weight in mind. By doing this challenge and with support from this group, i know i can do it. :) THANKS for the great tips! Portion control has been my downfall. Love this plan.

    Reply
  172. Katlyn  October 10, 2014

    I'm going to try the Skinny Plate 30-day Challenge!

    Reply
  173. Letta  November 13, 2014

    I'm in and I CAN and WILL succeed even through Thanksgiving!

    Reply
  174. Jane  December 27, 2014

    I'm in. My eating and weight have gotten out of control. I need to do something and this challenge will give me a good start. Good luck everyone!

    Reply
  175. Chris  January 1, 2015

    I am in!

    Reply
  176. Judy McClimans  January 2, 2015

    I am ALL IN for the skinny plate challenge!

    Reply
  177. Courtney  January 5, 2015

    Count me in! This will definitely help me stay on track!

    Reply
  178. kimberly  January 14, 2015

    i like this idea. Although I want to loose weight learning healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime is what I want. I,m in.

    Reply
  179. Mihail  May 10, 2015

    I am in

    Reply
  180. Daine  May 23, 2015

    I am in for the challenge and will start with my next meal today.

    Reply
  181. Joy  July 6, 2015

    count me in also…portion control sounds doable

    Reply
    • Joy  July 6, 2015

      ok..i am new and you have to check…understand completely

      Reply
  182. CherylWright  July 9, 2015

    Easily doable! Count me in!

    Reply
  183. Ms. Edd  November 29, 2015

    I'm excited…starting this challenge tomorrow!!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  November 30, 2015

      Keep us posted on your progress. :)

      Reply
  184. Nicole  December 31, 2015

    I’m in starting the challenge tomorrow

    Reply
  185. Cindy  January 2, 2016

    Let’s do this. Fun to see what we can do to improve our health. Love these challenges. I’M IN!

    Reply
  186. danielle  January 9, 2016

    I’m starting the challenge with my husband tomorrow!!

    Reply
  187. Danielle  January 9, 2016

    Starting tomorrow!!

    Reply
  188. Wayne  January 17, 2016

    Is this just for woman or can men take part as well?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs.  January 17, 2016

      Men can take part in any of our challenges!

      Reply
  189. Fionna G  January 25, 2016

    OMG count me in, starting tomorrow, hopefully I can make it ><

    Reply
  190. Fionna G  January 25, 2016

    I want to ask a question, how about yogurt? Does it count as one of the three too? Or better make it as snacks?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  January 25, 2016

      Yogurt is fine for the challenge and can be eaten as a snack or as part of your meal.

      Reply
  191. Trish  January 25, 2016

    Love this..easy to understand and follow.
    I’m in!!

    Reply
  192. Dee  January 26, 2016

    Count me in and thank you!

    Reply
  193. Kelly  February 13, 2016

    Can you go a little bigger than palm size for veggies? Portion control is what i really need to work on.. i have the working out part down, just need to dramatically change my eating habits.

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  February 14, 2016

      Kelly, Yes, especially fresh or steamed veggies. Veggies, espcially greens, can be enjoyed by eating an extra serving, or even two. :)
      In fact, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, etc.. are considered foods that actually fill us up and provide tons of antioxidants and nutrients. So, eat up and enjoy!!! :)

      Reply
  194. Lau  February 20, 2016

    I started the challenge today! So far, so good!

    Reply
  195. Arianna  March 9, 2016

    I am going to start this tomorrow. It’s very doable! I like the fact that I can eat anything I want, keeping it to three items no larger than my fist. I will complete this challenge!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs.  March 9, 2016

      Great, Arianna! Let us know how it goes.

      Reply
  196. Jamisue  March 10, 2016

    I’ve been wheelchair bound for the last 5 years. For health rereasoning need to watch what and how much I eat. The Skinny plate challenge sounds excellent. I’ve been counting calories as any form of exercise is out. Not only is that boring but it teaches me nothing about portion control. I’m starting the Skinny plate challenge tonight!

    Reply
  197. Rachel Hero  March 10, 2016

    I’m thinking of starting this plan. Is it safe for hypoglycemic people and would fat free chicken broth be considered an item or a drink?

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  March 11, 2016

      Rachel, Please check with your doctor about your hypoglycemia. Chicken broth would be considered an ingredient.

      Reply
  198. Kelli  March 12, 2016

    This is a fantastic program, I just had my first skinny plate meal ,and I was very satisfied,! I am also going to incorporate clean eating with this!Thanks

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  March 13, 2016

      Good for you! I agree, after using salad size plates for years, I don’t miss the extra food…it’s satisfying and not overly filling.

      Reply
  199. Michelle  March 19, 2016

    I’m in!! I can’t wait to get started!!

    Reply
  200. Dawn  April 19, 2016

    I’m in.. This seems simple to to start with! Thank you for making it simple enough where your not feeling overwhelmed and deprived! Love! Love!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs.  April 20, 2016

      We’re so happy that you’re ready to take the first step. Please keep us posted on your progress. :)

      Reply
  201. Deborah  April 20, 2016

    Count me in. This sounds like a really good plan. Starting 1st thing in the am.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs.  April 20, 2016

      That’s great, Deborah! Keep us posted on your progress.

      Reply
  202. Yvonne  April 21, 2016

    I’m in!!! I already eat small portions but this is a great idea!!!

    Reply
    • Kym Votruba  April 21, 2016

      Awesome! Keep us posted on your progress, Yvonne.

      Reply
  203. Ronda  April 27, 2016

    I’m going to make a shopping list from this post and start today.

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs.  April 27, 2016

      That’s great, Ronda! Keep us posted on your progress.

      Reply
  204. Brenda  May 12, 2016

    I have fibromyalgia so therefore I don’t get any exercise. Will this still work.

    Reply
    • Melissa Bump  May 14, 2016

      Brenda, Yes, this is helpful for portion control and you should see some results.

      Reply
  205. Mia  May 12, 2016

    Im starting today! :)

    Reply
    • Kym Votruba  May 12, 2016

      That’s great, Mia! Keep us updated on your progress.

      Reply
  206. Bonnie Helms  May 13, 2016

    This looks like what I have been looking for – encouragement!! I am 5ft 8in, 62 years old, medium frame. What is my ideal weight?

    Reply
  207. Becky  May 15, 2016

    Great idea! I just found this last night and I’m going to try it. I do really well with eating until about midweek and then I crash. I’m hoping to keep this up! It will also be really good for when I have an all day business meeting in a week. We will have lunch and it’s not usually the healthiest but it is always delicious. I’ll take my plate with me and just pick the three things I want the most!

    Reply
  208. Becky  May 15, 2016

    Is a sandwich one or two items? Like a tuna sandwich? I’m guessing since a hamburger is one a sandwich would be too.

    Reply
    • Melissa Bump  May 15, 2016

      Becky, That depends upon the size of the sandwich. With two sides, a half a sandwich is often a better choice.

      Reply
  209. Tina  May 23, 2016

    Ok I see people taking the challenge but do you have people reporting success ?
    I’m in today and I will be back weekly to give updates.

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  May 23, 2016

      Tina, Some do and some don’t report their success. We get emails from time to time which aren’t made public. We would love to get your
      weekly updates. This is one of my keys to successful weight maintenance. I’ll use a salad size plate forever! :)

      Reply
  210. Tracy M  May 27, 2016

    Starting this challenge in the morning! So excited to start a healthier lifestyle

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  May 28, 2016

      Tracy, Congratulations on your decision. We’ll be excited to get your feedback along the way. :)

      Reply
  211. Tara Fitzgerald  June 2, 2016

    Do you know the way you said limit fruit drinks containing sugar is fruit in water count? Example: infused water?

    Reply
    • Kym Votruba  June 2, 2016

      Fruit-infused water is fine for this challenge. We are referring to sodas and fruit juices with added sugar.

      Reply
      • Tara Fitzgerald  June 2, 2016

        Ok thanks! Count me in! I’m starting first thing tommorrow

        Reply
        • Kym Votruba  June 2, 2016

          Great! Be sure to keep us posted on your progress!

          Reply
  212. Marilyn  June 17, 2016

    I’m in. When do we start?

    Reply
  213. Yvette  June 21, 2016

    I’m in. Can’t wait to start tomorrow 😀

    Reply
    • Kym Votruba  June 21, 2016

      Great! Keep us posted on your progress! :)

      Reply
  214. Maz  July 12, 2016

    Starting tomoz

    Reply
  215. Sherr  July 28, 2016

    Just found this and I am so in!! I’ve lost 8.5 pounds so far eating these delicious Skinny Ms. recipes, walking and drinking my water!! I really enjoy all of these challenges – keeps my excited!! I absolutely LOVE this website and all of the support :-)

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  July 29, 2016

      Sherr, Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks so much for the positive feedback. :-)

      Reply

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