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In this world of magic weight loss, diet pills, and "cleanses", it can be difficult to know what (and what NOT to) eat.
Let's keep it simple people! There are 5 main food groups: Fruits, Vegetables, Protein, Grains and Dairy. They are all EQUALLY as important in their respective portions, as they each contain a unique set of vital nutrients. All of which our bodies need in order to function appropriately.
First of all, you want to use a 10" plate, which most Americans consider a "salad" plate. This keeps our portions smaller.
Fruits and vegetables should take up half of your plate.
Proteins (doesn't have to be meat) take up a quarter.
Grains should come from WHOLE grains when possible and should be the final quarter of your plate.
Include 1 cup of dairy at each meal. This can include milk, yogurt, cheese or cottage cheese.
Your plate may not always look like this if you're having a sandwich or spaghetti, but even with those meals, you can apply this information.
- Fruit: side of berries
- Vegetable: in the homemade sauce
- Grain: the pasta (OR: the garlic bread if you go with spaghetti squash noodles)
- Protein: in the meat or bean purée used in the sauce
- Dairy: Parmesan cheese topping
So before you think of trying one of those fad diets that eliminate an entire food group, please give me a call, shoot me an email or a text and I'd be happy to talk you through the pros and cons before you make that final decision.