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MyPlate

Finally something super simple for the public to decipher!  As the mypyramid can be a bit confusing for some people, many people just want to know what to eat for every meal – this graphic clearing shows a balanced diet.  Compare your plate with this graphic and see you rate.

 

The dietary guidelines take action in making change in three areas: calories, foods to increase and foods to reduce.

 

Here the guidelines from choosemyplate.gov

 

Balancing Calories

●Enjoy your food, but eat less.

●Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase

●Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

●Make at least half your grains whole grains.

●Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce

●Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.

●Drink water instead of sugary drinks.  

 

What a great guideline for everyone to consider.  I have also been watching a bit more Disney channel with my daughter and love their healthy lifestyle messages they give between shows (and with Michelle Obama).  Yeah, the message is getting out to eat healthy foods and move for one hour. 

Other child-friendly shows are also in on sending  wonderful healthy lifestyle  messages – good ole’ Sesame Street is doing the same.  I love watching some of their little skits such as the spin off of Deal or No Deal.  Sesame Street’s version is Meal or No Meal and the contestant has to choose a healthy meal however she keeps getting calls from a baker to make a deal for 100 cookies.  It is actually pretty hilarious how the the contestant is stressed in making the decision but in the end she picks a balanced meal.  Ah, the reality choices of life Smile

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