According to the newly-released Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, it is time for us to make a shift to a healthy eating pattern.
An eating pattern represents the totality of all food and drink consumed over time, and is an indicator of health and disease risk. A healthy eating pattern is one that is nutrient-dense, while remaining within a caloric limitation, in order to maintain an optimal body weight and reduce chronic disease risk factors.
Making the shift to a healthy eating pattern from current eating habits may seem like a daunting task, but by using these eating pattern makeovers as examples, changes for the better can be achieved.
By Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.