Hello to you!
Wanted to share this lil piece of info. I know that the USDA put out the “my plate” thing as an example of what the general public should be eating to maintain a healthy lifestyle but this is MY plate. It’s a paper plate taped to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets as a reminder.
As much of your plate as possible should be should be “active” calories. Active calories are code for “food that makes your body expend more energy in the digestion process”. When you eat an apple or a carrot, your body has to burn more calories to digest (think: chewing, breaking down in stomach, etc). Foods which are over processed don’t require much effort from our bodies in order to break them down – and they’re usually pretty calorie heavy too, which certainly doesn’t help things.
About half of your plate should be fruit and veggies – loaded with active calories, fiber and delicious nutrients. Yum!
The next largest chunk of your plate (about 1/3-1/4) should be active/semi-active calories from protein: lean meats, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy or soy protein – if you’re into that sort of thing.
Last, the remaining 1/4 or so should be active/semi active calories from whole grain starches like sweet potatoes, brown rice or quinoa.
I read in the Riding to Lose Weight book that this is the “best” plate composition to use for those of us who have a some weight we’d like to see disappear. It’s the ideal variety of the right kind of foods we need.
I’m going to do a little home work this weekend and refresh myself on this material especially in advance of the Holidays. I’ll post next week about my Thanksgiving strategy. I want to enjoy the delicious food of the season, but I want to keep going in the right direction.
You gotta choose to lose – that’s it. No magic in this but some hard work and self-education is necessary. Let’s keep it up!! :)