OK, so the food pyramid hasn’t really gotten the message across, but will a plate icon do any better? The largest part of the food pyramid consists of breads and grains, whereas only 1/4 of the new food plate contains grains. That’s a good start.
Half the plate icon displays fruits and veges..also a good thing.
The question is, how many kids and adults follow these instructions? We all know what to eat. The problem is following through with making the right choices.
As parents, this has to come from you first. You are your children’s role models and people they look up to. Yes, really you are! Then there’s the school lunches. Don’t get me started.
Our school districts are as bad as the people who decide what to offer for hospital food and nursing homes. Our growing children, those recovering from illness (or surgery), and the elderly seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to nutritious food which makes the biggest difference for growing minds and healing bodies.
So whether it’s a plate or pyramid, the message is: eat more colorful foods, cut out the sugar and bad fats (white carbs, candy, bacon and fast food) eat healthy proteins and use smaller portions.