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NUTRITION ON A PLATE

Posted Aug 03 2009 2:53pm

(Hi there... this is my 1st post in this community.)

Instead of micro-managing food ingredients and driving ourselves nuts with the details, let's look at the big picture: what, really, goes on our plate?   Ah, but, do we actually use a plate any longer?

Why are health and nutrition news so confusing and, at times, so contradictory?   Depending on the investigating body and the financial backer of the study, various foods and their components are alternatively "good" or "bad" for us.   Immediately, the hungry media seize the marketing opportunity and feed us at nauseum their re-packaged slugs.  

 

"Eat nuts," and the compliant public stashes 1lb-baggies of almonds in their lunch boxes, not realizing that the healthy dose is 7 nuts a day.

"Eat olive oil," and we're now soaking whole slices of bread in plates of olive oil, not even thinking of the total caloric intake of the "healthy snack."

"Omega 3, baby!" and we're popping capsules on top of eating farm-raised salmon, forgetting that there is a healthy balance between omega 3 and omega 6.

 

Sparking at each diet news like a firecracker on the 4 th of July, we do not take the time to look at what really matters: what goes in our plate.   I mean, the whole meal, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, year after year.   I bet that if I sent out a survey right now, not even 10% of the responders would tell me that they have their next 3 days meals planned.   But their cupboards are filled with food substitutes, their cars littered with fast-food wrappers, and their bathrooms stacked with "xxx Health Magazines."

 

To help with re-connecting us to our plates, there are actually a few well-thought and comprehensive websites.   One of my favorites is "THE NEW AMERICAN PLATE" by the American Institute for Cancer Research.   Half the plate filled with colorful fruit and vegetables, 1/4 of the plate with lean protein, and 1/4 of the plate with starch.

ENOUGH of eating out of baggies, on-a-stick, paper-wrapped, walking, driving, on-the-phone!   Let's sit down and eat out of a plate a well-thought and balanced meal.  

 

And don't whine and tell me it's hard, because it is a lot harder to eat a well-balanced meal in a hospital bed!

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