I’m not about to try to sell you on a specific food program. While you may choose to count carbs, fat grams or points, I don’t believe that eating healthy should be that complicated.
If you haven’t heard, the food pyramid is no longer in use and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) now uses the food plate (choosemyplate.gov) which is easier to visualize and adapt to real life.
For me, the easy way to eat healthy is:
- Don’t eat out of a box.
- Keep sugar, fat and processed food to a minimum.
- If you must use a fat, make it a healthy fat.
- Switch to whole grains.
- Divide your plate into 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs, 1/2 vegetables (or 1/4 vegetable and 1/4 fruit).
- Don’t forget your dairy products and multivitamins.
It isn’t a perfect method but it may influence your decisions when you’re staring at your burger with one pathetic leaf of lettuce.