I don’t know about you, but I’m a little stunned over the latest version of the healthy eating pyramid. Okay, maybe the word stunned is a little strong for most of us, but when we’re in the biz, hey, it’s a big deal!
It seems the designers of the new pyramid think most people have a lot more interest in healthy eating than we do. True, most of us reading this blog care a lot about eating healthfully, but enough to spend the time required to use the pyramid the way it has been designed? It’s certainly not an at-a-glance tool, and methinks that’s a major problem.
Our busy lives today dictate that we have simple tools to help us make food choices. My favorite healthy eating guide is the Plate Model. It’s a simple visual that helps us balance our meals without worrying about the numbers – no counting! Just eating like this most of the time means we’ll meet healthy eating guidelines. If we’re not eating a meal like this, all we need to do is remember the components of the plate – starchy foods, protein foods, vegetables and/or fruits – and make our meals around those. For example, a sandwich with whole grain bread, tuna (yes, made with mayo), lettuce, tomato and onion is a balanced meal that provides the basic types of foods for health.
Where’s the fat? It’s just added into foods in preparation, e.g., the mayo in the tuna salad. Use oils and the like to make foods taste good. If you’re worried about overdoing it, read this article for tips on making healthy foods taste great.
Keeping it simple like this helps us stop obsessing about eating, too. Trying to count what I ate to make sure I got what I was ‘supposed’ to never did anything for me except make me crazy.