Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello MyPlate?

MyPlate makes sense. It’s easy to read and understand. Children won’t have a hard time figuring out how it works, but what exactly is MyPlate all about?

Some people didn’t like the original food pyramid because they felt it contributed to the obesity epidemic. Many couldn’t wait for the Department of Agriculture to revise it.

Not much changed with the dietary requirements of the pyramid or in 2007’s revision, and a lot of people were disappointed by that. Many of the changes were in the presentation of the guidelines, which was supposed to make them easy for people to understand so they could follow them and make healthier food choices.

The original food pyramid seemed fairly simple, but a lot of people misunderstood the servings for each food group or weren’t even sure what a serving size was,. It eventually led to oversized portions and overeating. So, the revised pyramid never caught on and has been retired.

MyPlate

MyPlate has replaced the original and revised food pyramid. It looks like a place setting, which may help to visualize portion sizes of the five food groups (fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy).

First Lady, Michelle Obama, is quoted as saying, “This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom, I can already tell how much this is going to help parents across the country.” She went on to say, “When mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, a referee, a cleaning crew. So it’s tough to be a nutritionist, too. But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates. As long as they’re half full of fruits and vegetables, and paired with lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, we’re golden. That’s how easy it is.”

The main message of MyPlate is that everyone can build a customized plan in order to eat healthier. You can do this by:

  • Avoiding oversized portions
  • Making half of your plate fruits and vegetables and eating unsalted nuts as snacks
  • Switching to fat-free or low-fat milk, or calcium-rich soy drinks as an alternative to dairy

Eating grains and making sure that half of those grains are whole grains

  • Varying your choice of proteins by eating seafood at least twice a week, eating beans, and eating small portions of lean meat and poultry

You should still have a daily food plan, but take a look at your plate and you will know if you are on track. If your plate is full of chicken nuggets, pizza or pasta, it isn’t a healthy diet that represents all of the food groups.

The dietary guidelines haven’t changed, only how it looks. By using the MyPlate site, you will begin to start other healthy habits like:

  • Enjoying your food, but eating less.
  • Eating fruit for dessert
  • Making half of your grains whole grains
  • Eating several proteins
  • Cutting back on sweet treats
  • Avoiding extra salt by reading nutrition labels
  • Drinking water instead of sugary drinks

The MyPlate site includes sample menus, recipes that are based on the food groups and ideas that will get your kids to start eating fruits and vegetables.

Eating healthy is important to staying healthy. Will this new MyPlate food guide help to accomplish that? Try it out and find out for yourself.

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About Stephane Manos

Stephane Manos has developed several online companies. While working as an online entrepreneur, he fell in love with the sales aspect and recruited some of the best clients and affiliates the companies have ever had. The fun, he found was in building the connections and relationships. One of Stephane's top qualities is being able to motivate. He found a passion in motivating others which in return motivated him. Happy colleagues and clients would send word-of-mouth referrals and increase traffic to his online businesses. Teamwork is something that Stephane promotes. The focus is not on self or individuals but in working as a team to reach the same goals. It is his role as a leader to lead the team by example. Currently, his interest is in real estate investments and financial investments. He is now looking into emerging markets such as the Middle East. He also believes some of the better deals can be found in certain parts of the United States. Many distressed buyers are looking to liquidate. Developing new online businesses, purchasing commercial and residential real estate, and developing rentals has led him to travel around the world. Stephane Manos contributes a portion of his time and earnings to charitable associations and philanthropic groups. His charities are: -Children's Telethon -AHEPA brotherhood and Shriners -REVIVRE Bipolar Support Assocation
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