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This diet plan is so easy it took several tries to even explain to Debbie that it was a diet. It was #10 on yesterday’s list of diets to try for one week. Our previous three months of diets were intended to be super easy. December was to not eat anything between 8 PM and 8 AM. That was very easy to do because we were asleep most of the time and generally didn’t eat on first getting up. With that success behind us we upped the difficulty to not eating anything between 8 PM and 12 noon for the month of January. That diet turned out to be easy to do also and the only inconvenience was a social one of departing from evening meetings that I like to go to that were scheduled to go from 6 PM to 8 PM. I departed at 7:30 to get home for dinner, which was a bit awkward. We considered changing our diet time from 8:30 PM to 12:30 to accommodate my meeting schedule, and might do that next month.

The additional super easy diet limitation that we added to the previous one, for the month of February, was to drink an 8-ounce glass of water with our meal. Generally, we did that before starting our sit-down meals. The only problem was remembering to do it but by the end of the month it had become routine and it seemed to fill us up and made it easier to stop eating sooner.

This month we are doing the easiest possible diet. “#10 Leave tiny amounts of each serving on the plate. You are in control.” We leave a tiny piece of each serving on the plate. I’ve been leaving about a pea size piece. The point of this practice is to gain mental control over the process of stopping the meal. There was a debate over leaving the tiny portion if we chose not to complete a serving and to save it for tomorrow. We decided that even if the food was to be put into an overnight container in the kitchen that a tiny portion would be left on the plate for washing. The point is to acknowledge that we are in voluntary control of the food and not the food in some bizarre control of us.

We are in control of our lives and we are masters over our food.