I'm still alive! For those of you that know me, I must be REALLY busy not to post. Well, this week was busy x 4.
I've been wanting to bring you up to speed on USDA's release of the new look for the old pyramid and here it is! USDA MyPlate! Your stomach is not a garbage can (aka it MATTERS what you put in there!). MyPlate offers a visual reminder to make healthy food choices when you make decisions on your meals. The goal is to prioritize food choices by reminding us to make half our plate fruits and vegetables and the other important food groups fall in the other half, which are: whole grains, lean proteins and low fat dairy.
MyPlate or display on a mobile device and snap a photograph to show how and where you choose the best foods to put on your plates when building a healthy meal.">
Image copyright: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
The part you may not know about is that you can head over the the USDA's Interactive Tools page to find information specific and individual to you including your calorie needs per day, number of food groups needed per day, printable food logs and much more! It's a wonderful place to help you or a friend / family member understand appropriate portion sizes, the benefits of each food group and you can even use the food tracker to log all of your meals letting you know how close you are to meeting your goals! It's a wonderful tool that many people can take advantage of absolutely free.
Obviously, along with eating healthy also comes getting more active. For many of us, that's via the swim, bike, run, but for others that can mean anything from walking the dog an additional lap around the park or even taking the stairs instead of the elevator! Don't forget Michelle Obama's initiative Let's Move! to enhance your overall quality of life.
I'd love to see what your plate looks like so feel free to twee it to me @fuelyourpassion! It helps inspire me share how well all of you are doing with the world!
Now, on to the big news! The winner of the Timex Ironman Watch Giveaway is (drum roll plllleeeeassseeee):
Erica! I hope you see this Eric because I see you don't have a blog so I can't comment on yours to leave you a message! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!!!
Hope everyone has a great weekend and if you want to bike tomorrow for any portion of my VERY long ride, let me know!