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Get Your Plate in Shape

Along with physical activity, healthy eating can help you manage your weight and protect yourself from disease.

As simple as this sounds, it is not always easy to get the healthy food you need. This means eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and choosing lean meats, nonfat and low-fat dairy products, and whole grains. It also means limiting sweet liquids, such as soda, fruit drinks, and sport drinks. And it means eating less fat, sugar, and highly processed foods.

By getting your plate in shape with, ChooseMyPlate Link Opens in a New Window, a program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) you can learn how to make healthy food choices PDF and portion your platter correctly.

You do not have to make big changes all at once. Think about some of the things – parties, eating out, temptations – that might get in the way of your success. Then, think about the changes you can make right away. If you need help managing your weight, ask your doctor about talking to a registered dietitian. He or she can help you change your eating habits.

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