Last year I posted on the USDA food pyramid and how it was changed to a plate. The difference is that recommendations for 1/2 the plate consists of vegetables and fruits, one-quarter for whole grains and one-quarter for protein. Dairy was off to the side in a glass.
I eat pretty close to that but I don’t drink milk and I tend to add salad along with that. I realize I eat more of the Mediterranean Food Pyramid than the American standard. You can learn more about it here: Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid. It’s about plant-based foods, olive oil, minimally processed foods, some fish, some poultry, minimal dairy, low in sugar, and maintaining a healthy weight. It sounds good to me.
Not everyone can tolerate the same foods though. Some people can’t tolerate gluten, some can’t tolerate dairy and others have trouble with certain vegetables. Added to that there are a bunch of different dietary theories with conflicting ideas. It’s confusing and it’s hard to know which theory is correct.
The thing is no one diet works for everyone. It can be both frustrating and a relief to hear that. Some people really do need to eat less carbohydrates and others really do better on less protein. I do best with less sugar, minimal dairy, a lot of greens and a balance of whole grains and protein. I only know this through experimenting and the elimination diet. (which is not as creepy as it sounds, you give up a certain group of food for 10 days and then add it back in. to see how you feel).
Do you know which foods give you the most energy, leave you feeling satiated and not bloated, and have you powering through your day? And, on the flip side, do you recognize which foods leave you feeling sluggish and too tired to go on without some sort of boost from caffeine or sugar? It can really help with your day-to-day life as well as any sports or competitions that you participate in.
Helping people figure this out is what I do. I’m available for in person consultations as well as phone and email. Send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment if you’re interested in learning more. I’d love to hear from you!