2.01.2011

New Nutrition Guidelines

Did you know that one in three American children are considered overweight or obese? Did you know that two-thirds of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese? How about that only 5% of Americans participate in a type of physical activity once per day? Does that utterly scare the crap out of you?

It scares me.

So have you heard about the new nutrition guidelines that the USDA recently released?

Apparently, that nifty food pyramind that's been drilled into our heads since kindergarten is WRONG! Oh, the irony. They are going to come up with a new one in the next few months, and I, for one, am counting the days (well, not really, but I am interested).

If you're like me, you're wondering - what the heck does all this mean, exactly? You're in luck! I did research on this topic so you don't have to. Consider it my parting gift before I leave for Hawaii.

So I'ma give it to ya straight: basically it means to do what I keep telling you to do! Eat more fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans and cut WAYYYY back on sodium, saturated fat and processed foods. And exercise for 30 minutes a day. And eat breakfast.

I truly, truly hope that this sticks with the general population. It's not just about being skinny; even if you have a good metabolism, you aren't immune to the effects of bad nutrition and the toll it takes on your health.

I'm going to continue making lots of delicious (and, undoubtedly, some not-so-delicious-but-at-least-they're-healthy) recipes that fit within these guidelines. If any of you lovely readers have suggestions or recipes that you want me to feature, feel free to send them on over! I'm always looking for new yummy goodness.

3 comments:

  1. I think your blog is amazing! Your recipes sound super yummy and it inspires to be more creative in my cooking (I buy lots of produce and try to make as many home cooked meals with lots of veggies for my family but I have never bought kale!). I'm glad you said something about processed foods...this is something I recently have gotten very upset over when shopping at my grocery store, it seems to me that the processed foods are always the ones that have the good sales! This is not conducive to encouraging out society make healthy choices in the food we eat! But anyway, I think this blog is fabulous and I can't wait to read more!

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  2. Thank you, Melody! I really love hearing this! If there's anything you ever want to read about specifically, just let me know - I enjoy doing research and summarizing the bottom line. We have a lot of information at our disposal with the internet but it's so hard to sift through crap to find the right info. :)

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