For all of us, eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. It’s important to remember that all food and beverage choices count. The ChooseMyPlate.gov website offers ideas and tips to help you improve your health. The new MyPlate quizzes are another tool to use to help move yourself – or others – in the right direction.
Test your knowledge of the five food groups.
After you’ve tested you food group knowledge take a look at these other resources.
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The Glycemic Index is a system built by scientists and dieticians. The Glycemic Index ranks carbohydrates only on a scale from 0 to 100, according to the degree to which the food will raise your blood sugar levels after consuming the food. For diabetics and others looking to eat healthy the Glycemis Index is an important tool. See Our Glycemic Index page for more information.
Why People Fail at Weight Loss – It is estimated that 92% of Americans who go onto a diet put the weight back on again within 12 months of getting off their diet. Read More.
1) Control your eating portions: When Holiday parties come into existence, overeating is almost inevitable. “Snack” throughout the entire party, don’t fill up your plate at any one given time.
2) Drink water with every meal/snack: Water will speed up the food absorption process, so you can make efforts to keep a fast metabolism. Also, remember that dehydration occurs with no symptoms.
3) Pick a workout partner now!: Nobody, and I repeat nobody, will work out to the extent they need to during the Holidays. If someone is meeting with you, your chances of exercising will go up 10 fold.
4) No Sugary Foods in the Evenings: When you’re not being active during the Holidays, don’t consume any sugar unless it’s in a fruit or vegetable!
5) Get to bed Early!!!: During the Holidays it’s very easy to stay up very late at night, and then be sluggish for the next day. If you have kids, you’ll probably have to wake up with them early in the morning, especially when they don’t have school the next day. Every day during the Holidays will have its own challenges, so please make sure you’re ready to start the day off the right way.
Need help getting in the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables? Check out this handy cook smart guide to enjoying those vegetables. Or go to www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org for lots of ideas.