USDA Guidelines Remind Us to Eat Well!
If you’ve been watching the headlines, you’ve probably noticed that today, the United States Department of Agriculture made a big announcement. That big announcement was the 7th edition of the USDA guidelines for healthy eating and to all of us, it’s an important reminder to stay healthy.
Since 1980, the USDA has been providing us with tips on how to best nourish our bodies. This year is no exception. While many of us know that we should drink more water, eat fewer fats, cut back on the sugar, and avoid processed foods, it’s always a good reminder to know what exactly we can do TODAY to start eating right. Remember – our bodies are fueled by our diet choices and we have to give our bodies the best fuel possible in order to be healthy.
Want to start eating better? Here are some concrete tips from the USDA dietary guidelines released today:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables at meal times.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk.
- Avoid oversized portions.
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
- Avoid high sodium, added sugars, refined grains, and saturated and trans fats.
Now these are just a few things that you can start doing TODAY to make your diet better. Remember that New Year’s resolution you made to get healthy? Now is the time to make sure that you’re sticking with it – even if it’s just one meal at a time.