You know the old saying that you can’t ‘serve two masters’? The USDA represents consumers and the food industry. So, they have approved things to eat you might or might not agree with.
‘Americans are slowly, with ﬁts and starts, shifting their eating patterns toward more healthful diets. They are eating more low-fat and nonfat products, and leaner cuts of meat. However, this trend has been undermined by a growing preference for high-fat convenience foods, fast foods, and snacks. More Americans eat out, eat on the run, and eat more often than ever before. In the process, some have unwittingly increased their consumption of added fats, oils, and sugars’ [1 rma.usda.gov/FTP/Publications/handbooks/FB97.PDF]
Firstly, we have to admit to ourselves that eating healthy as we know we should is difficult at best. There is so much misinformation about healthy eating out there, it even makes my head spin. So, we all have to sort out the ‘wheat from the chaff’ ourselves.
The only safe way to eat I know of is not to eat junk and snack foods, not eat out and prepare all your food yourself. I don’t think there is a better short cut to get healthier, live the longest and keep the pounds off. We don’t want additives, preservatives and ingredients we never heard of. We want to buy organic as much as possible.
Here’s a quick list or poster the USDA has that can guide you on your diet. I think it’s very helpful to show the portions of what you should eat. There are fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy and grains, with the recommended amounts to eat every day. I feel this is valuable to keep foremost in mind.
Although, I don’t do dairy, any meat or animal products and eat very few grains, it explains what a portion size is in cups. That’s a good thing.
We understand ounces, pints, quarts and gallons, not metric measurements like in Europe…
We all want to know how much we should eat from an ‘official’ source. For example, it’s nice to know we should eat at least…
- 2 cups of fruit
- 2 1/2 cups of vegetables
- 1/4 cup of beans
- 1/2 cup of brown rice each day
- I don’t do meat or dairy
- You don’t have to, either
Our government wants to protect our health, right? They also want to protect the food producers…
And, that’s OK with me. How about you? The dairy and meat industry employs a lot of people who need jobs just like we do to survive. But, it wouldn’t hurt the industry much if a few of us didn’t eat meat or dairy, right? They won’t miss doing business with us.
Furthermore, doctors and hospitals make enough money off us as it is. They will do just fine without our money.
Let’s think for ourselves, do our own research, lose unhealthy weight and get healthier eating mainly plant based whole food. Don’t forget to eat roasted unsalted nuts and seeds (a few) sprinkled on your green salads! Did you know they help your body assimilate more of the nutrients?
Source- 1 usda consumer and producers
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.