What does YOUR Plate Look Like?
The Department of Agriculture finally updated the puzzling MyPyramid to
MyPlate. MyPlate is the federal government’s way to illustrate the five food groups
that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image: a plate meal.
While it has its shortcomings, it does provide a very good start.
Before you eat, think about what
goes on your plate, cup or bowl.
My plate is different, because I have food intollerances, primarily derived from GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms). Not everyone on the planet can handle, process or digest all the foods noted on MyPlate. Many people suffer from intollerance to grains and dairy.
Most pre-packaged, canned and many frozen foods contain ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms - everything from baby formula and food to our dairy to even our meat. I do not eat alot of grains or dairy. Most store bought grains and dairy contain GMO's. I am constantly reading labels. I encourage you to do the same.
Hence, I have modified my plate to include balanced nutrition that feeds me and allow my body to thrive without chemicals.
Do you have health issues? If you do, have you ever changed your diet to include whole foods only?
You want to get your metabolism going first thing in the morning and by eating every 4 hours,
you keep your blood glucose levels balanced. Avoiding the spikes in glucose will
help control binging and cravings because you will always feel satisfied.
is not ONLY available from meat.
Protein rich foods can be found in plant foods, dairy products, diet supplements, nuts and beans.
Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are found abundantly in plants and leafy vegetables, too.
Fruits and vegetables
contain many of the minerals you need, including calcium
and iron that are found in dark green leafy vegetables. Calcium is used throughout your
body, and is especially important for strong bones and teeth. Plus you need iron to help
your red blood cells transport oxygen throughout your body.
- Protein builds and repairs muscle.
- Protein produces hormones.
- Protein supports the immune system.
- Protein replaces red blood cells.
- Protein provides energy only when other sources are no longer available (starvation, malnutrition).
- Extra protein does not build muscle bulk…exercise does
Fruits and vegetables are also good sources of magnesium and potassium, which help keep
your muscles working (including that really important muscle -- your heart) and help
regulate your blood pressure.
The polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables trigger antioxidant activity that
protects the cells in your body and some, such as quercetin (red apples and watermelon)
and resveratrol (grapes) are anti-inflammatory in nature. Some of the phytonutrients
appear to protect you against cancer, such as falcarinol, which is found in carrots
and indole-3 carbonyl, which is in broccoli.
Eating foods high in fiber
has been found to reduce symptoms of chronic constipation,
diverticular disease and some types of 'irritable bowel'. Dietary fiber, also known as roughage
or bulk, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can't digest or absorb. Unlike other
food components such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and
absorbs — fiber isn't digested by your body. Therefore, it passes virtually unchanged through
your stomach and small intestine and into your colon.
Fruits and vegetables also supply dietary fiber, which is often deficient in a typical
western diet. You need high fiber foods to keep your digestive system working normally
and to help regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Eating high fiber foods also
helps keep you feeling full, which is good for losing or maintaining your weight.
Some tips for increasing fiber in your diet:
Get Good Fats in Your Diet.
Not all the fats that you eat are "bad".
Among them are the omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods including walnuts,
some fruits and vegetables, and coldwater fish such as salmon, anchovies,
sardines and anchovies. Some fats are actually very good for you and should
be consumed to promote good health.
- Serve bean, pea, or lentil main dishes instead of meat, chicken, or fish, one or more times each week.
- Serve whole grain bread with dinner when it fits into the meal. (Go easy on the butter or margarine!)
- Eat a whole orange instead of orange juice for breakfast sometimes.
- Have fresh fruit for dessert instead of a sweet dessert.
- Grate fresh carrot into cole slaw and other salads.
- Add sliced banana, peach, or other fruit to your cereal.
- Keep prepared carrot and celery sticks, cucumber rounds, and other fresh vegetables at work for a quick, high fiber (and low fat) snack.
- Keep whole wheat crackers at work for an easy, high fiber snack.
Good fats have many benefits but the
biggest is the reduction in cardiovascular disease.
Try to get a few of the good fats listed here:
Sugar addiction is the single biggest cause of diet failure in the USA. The hardest
part is staying off of sugar for the 12-18 months it can take for your body to finally
recognize sugar as something it doesn't want.
- Olive oil: Olive oil contains phenol, which keeps your arteries elastic.
This helps prevent heart attacks by allowing your arteries to handle changes
in your blood flow.
- Salmon and cold water fish: Salmon, anchovies, sardines and cod are chock
full of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are good fats to lower inflammation
in the body.
- Flax seeds: Flax seeds are also high in omega 3 fatty acids. These tiny seeds
are a great provider of fiber in your diet also. Try flax seeds on your salad.
- Avocado: Avocado’s are high in monounsaturated fats, which are good fats.
Remember saturated fats are bad for you (saturated sucks). Avocados have been known
to lower cholesterol levels. Try avocado on your salad. Top your tacos or burritos.
Make a great guacamole!
- Fish oil pills: Want an easy way to get good fats into your diet try fish oil
pills. Fish oil pills are filled with the omega 3 fatty acids and provide all the benefits.
Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely
know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware
that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup, milk and fruit juice.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
One of the main causes of constipation is a lack of hydration. You should drink 6 to 8
glasses of purified water each day to promote a healthy bowel. Adding lots of water
is always good in the diet.
The human body is a water machine, designed to run primarily on water and minerals.
By weight our body is about 72% water, another 8% is a combination of chemical compounds
and the remaining 20% is bone and solid tissue. Our brain is over 80% water and controls
each and every process that happens inside of our body.From the most basic standpoint it is a
common sense equation, if we are made up of 72% plain water, then naturally the quality
of the water we consume will have a very dramatic impact on our overall state of health.
Every healing and life giving process that happens in our body happens through Water!
Following this meal pattern:
ALWAYS eat a protein, vegetable, fruit, fiber and fat.
Here are some of my recent meal plates....
Protein: Grilled Chicken Thigh
Vegetable: Sauteed Green Beans & Garlic
Fiber: Couscous, lentils, quinoa
Fat: Olive oil (sauteed beans)
Vegetable: Cabbage, carrots
Fiber: Pinto Beans
Protein: Pinto Beans
Vegetable: Cabbage, carrots
Fruit: Pineapple, Strawberries
Fiber: Pinto Beans
Fat: Sunflower Seeds
Vegetable:Mixed Greens, carrots
Fiber: Pinto Beans
Fat: Coconut Milk Yogurt
Protein: Turkey Sausage
Fiber: Quinoa, lentils, kasha
Fat: Turkey Sausage
Do you still have questions?
Please call me, Debbie Allen at: 800-769-7923 to get answers.
Good health begins with taking responsibility for our own body.
Contact Me Now to Begin Your Transformation.
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