10 tips to a great plate – Physical Wellness

10 tips to a great plate – Physical Wellness

If you are looking for some great nutritional tips to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle check out MyPlate.

I am always looking for tips to give my clients who are looking to make changes to their diet. I found this tip sheet on choosemyplate.gov.

This sheet provides tips on ideas to balance your calories, foods to eat more often and ones to cut back on.

Here’s my take on the 10 tips, but check out the original tips here.

  1. Balance calories
    Tip one focus is on balancing your daily calorie intake.
  2. Enjoy your food, but eat less
    I often eat to fast and on the run. Often I am eating in my car or in front of the TV. So many times I ask myself did I really taste what I ate.
  3. Avoid oversized portions
    My first big ah-ha moment was when I realized I was eating from a four-cup bowl and was calling it a cup of soup.
  4. Foods to eat more often
    Pile on the fruits and vegetables. My goal is to have a vegetable at every meal. I still find it hard to get my fruits in but I am working on it.
  5. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
    A repeat of tip 4, but I do try to eat more than just salad. Just the other day I added sweet potatoes to my lentils and it was very tasty.
  6. Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
    Since I normally only use milk for cooking switching to one percent was not hard. I prefer drinking almond milk.
  7. Make half your grains whole grains
    I switched to brown rice and whole grain pasta, I never missed the white stuff. It’s been years since I have eaten white bread.
  8. Foods to eat less often
    This was my challenge. I gave up coke. I just love a nice cold 32 ounce of coke with pizza or with food in general. I switched to “Ice” sugar-free drink. I got the carbonation but no calories.
  9. Compare sodium in foods
    This was also a big ah-ha for me when I started reading labels on sodium content. I cut out canned vegetable years ago, however, processed or prepared food is loaded sodium. I also noted food with a long shelf life was loaded with sodium.
  10. Drink water instead of sugary drinks
    As soon as I read this I grabbed my bottle of water. Check out my water challenge at drshelution.com – “Water Challenge”

This is my take away, make sure you check out the article for the real scoop.

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