Food Is Not Your Enemy

Little Changes–Like a Lunchtime Soda–Lead to Weight Gain
June 23, 2011, 5:38 pm
Filed under: Fruits, Grains, Healthy Lifestyle, nuts, Vegetables, weight loss | Tags: , , , ,

The difference between an overweight person and a lean person may be nothing more than a bag of potato chips a day.

Or a soda a lunch. Or a a little too much TV.

A new study has found that gradual weight gain over many years tends to happen to those who eat more chips, drink more soda, watch more TV, and get either too much or too little sleep. Those who eat more fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains are more likely to stay at a healthy weight. Read the full article here.

Out With the Pyramid, In With the Plate
June 2, 2011, 5:19 pm
Filed under: food politics, Fruits, Grains, Meat, Vegetables | Tags: ,

At long last, the USDA has ditched the confusing pyramid and has unveiled instead, ta da, the plate! It all became official today.

The plate is a real improvement over the pyramid–easier to understand, clearer about portions. But I still don’t love that the USDA is sticking with its “make half your grains whole” recommendation and continuing with its big push to drink lots and lots of milk. But hey, I wasn’t really expecting perfection from an agency that still must answer to the food industry.