Get your plate in shape

This month, as I have mentioned in a previous blog post, is National Nutrition Month.However, what I have not mentioned is the campaign developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Get your plate in shape”.

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Of course, we all know nutrition is important. Public health professionals/nutritionists are trying their best to remediate any bad eating habits predominant in certain populations using models and campaigns fighting these issues. This campaign highlights ways for the public to make informed food choices. Basically, without wanting to be redundant, it gives advices and incentives on how to get your plate in shape.

Getting your plates in shape, a blunt summary of what I’ve read usually encompass eating fewer foods which are high in solid fats or high in sugars like pastries. Well, we are not saying that you should totally eradicate the consumption of these types of food, but that they should be used as occasional treats rather than typical meal options. Remember also to avoid eating lots of salt since it may increase your risk for heart disease which is one of the leading causes of death in the US.

So, here are some highlights on diet change that I urge you to adopt and encourage others to do so as well.

Choose foods and drinks with little or no added sugars. Always think about eating fresh fruit salad for dessert. If you are the juice type, its best to use 100% juice made.

Eat fewer foods that are high in solid fats. Grill, broil, bake or steam your foods instead of frying. Cook with healthy oils

Cut back on sodium. It’s always best to prepare your own meal using fresh produces. If at the restaurant avoid adding salt to meals, pasta for instance. More important learn how to read the nutrition label on sodium for canned or frozen foods. Instead of salt, use herbs and spices to season foods, and avoid salting food before tasting it.

For more info please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website on Eat Right.