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Good nutrition is only 20% knowledge but it is 80% action.

You do not need expensive supplements, diet drinks or fad diets. Follow the lessons of MyPlate:

Find a way to eat more fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. Half of your cart or shopping list should be fruits and veggies. This is probably one of the most important steps. MyPlate is half fruits and veggies!

Instead of eating a variety of chips, crackers, white bread and other processed foods, start incorporating whole grains into your diet. The first baby step is to convert while flour choices to 100% whole grain choices. The next step is to eat more cooked whole grains like oats, whole grain pasta, barley and brown rice.

Protein choices should include as little fatty meat and processed meat as possible. Think beans, fish, lean poultry and nuts/seeds instead of burgers and barbeque.

Dairy choices should also be low in fat, sugar and sodium. Think yogurt and skim milk and read the label.

For more information:

  • choosemyplate.gov
  • nutrition.gov
  • eatright.org

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