Do you remember the MyPyramid model for eating? Yeah, those were the days! Today the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, was created to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to ChooseMyPlate.gov. The new MyPlate icon emphasizes the fruit, vegetable, grains, protein foods, and dairy groups, to advance and promote Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The updated visual aids, tip sheets, and education enables consumers, health professionals, and educators to acquire tools to help change one’s eating habits without scrambling to count calories and instead promote the consumption of nutrient dense food. Consumer messages for MyPlate also include:
- Balance your calories by enjoying your food but eating smaller portions
- Eat more nutrient dense foods
- Reduce foods high in sodium and added sugar
Below you’ll find a fantastic poster explaining more about the what to look for when you decorate your plate for a meal. (We felt a visual aid would be more helpful and exciting than listing it all out!). This model really helps consumers to look at food as more than just calories. It also helps them get more familiar with food groups and portion sizes. This is also the first time calcium-fortified soy milk has been recognized to be an acceptable option within the Dairy group-good for those of you who are lactose intolerant! ChooseMyPlate does NOT supply meal plans with specific foods. If you’re looking to implement these principals while incorporating a custom designed meal plan, we’re here to help! ( Check out our programs here ) If you’re looking to lose weight or simply get a better grip on your eating habits, using the MyPlate method will surely help you get started moving in the right direction!