“MyPlate”? Well, Maybe it’s Yours but it’s NOT MINE!

I've really  been enjoying receiving reader's requests lately for blog topics, so please keep 'em coming!!


Are you planning on commenting on the federal government's new "food plate"? There are still too many grains and dairy on it, so perhaps you could recommend a "plate" of your own?


So there we have it.  The latest recommendations for our government.  I know it's going to take a long time and a lot of people collectively contributing their efforts, but changes can be made.

The USDA advises (with my comments in red!):

"Balancing Calories
  Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  Avoid oversized portions.
  Foods to Increase
  Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Make it MOSTLY veggies, followed by protein, then some fat and maybe a little fruit.
  Make at least half your grains whole grains.  CUT all grains and ADD MORE VEG!
  Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.  CUT DAIRY!  Unless you're a baby cow, you needn't be drinking cow's milk, or ANY milk for that matter!
  Foods to Reduce
  Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.  And that would be- FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES!  Fruit and veg are naturally low in sodium and high in Potassium.  Is it any surprise that MOST people in American who have hypertension and heart health issues are NOT eating tons of fresh fruits and veggies but ARE eating a lot of packaged, processed (non) foods?

Drink water instead of sugary drinks."

There is still a fundamentally misunderstood issue here.  Yes, you should enjoy your food and not over eat, and yes,  you should choose water over sugary drinks BUT the other recommendations leave a LOT to be desired.

If you haven't tried Paleo yet, or you're not fully convinced, give it a try!  Treat your body kindly for one single month as an experiment and watch as your skin clears, your sleep improves, your training gets better and your joints stop hurting.

It's NOT radical and it's NOT hard.


Here is ONE example of what MY PLATE looks like!