What's on Your Plate?

The food pyramid has been replaced with a nine-inch plate, where half of it is to be covered in fruits and vegetables, a quarter with lean meat, the other quarter with grains, and a dairy product for the drink. By shaping up each meal with a plate correctly portioned, we can eat healthier. Buying more fruits and vegetables can also help you keep more money in your pocket.

"It's very easy to save money when you make the changes you need to make," registered dietitian Sky Joiner says. "Because generally your meat items are going to be higher in price than fruits and vegetables if you buy them in season."

Even if the fruit or vegetable you want is out of season, Joiner says you can purchase the frozen kind. Local dietitians will be available to help next Saturday, March 24, for those who want to start eating healthier.

"The dietitians in our community have volunteered to spend their Saturday at Bonita Lakes Walmart helping consumers that want help with their grocery list," says Joiner. "We're going to be talking about body mass index and we'll have some scales available to weigh, but we're trying to promote this new concept of really looking at what's on your plate and making wise choices."

Even though eating correctly is important, it's just as important to make sure you get the proper amount of exercise.

"Exercise and doing activities to really help you relieve stress in your life, looking at just the way we breathe, and looking at the way we eat the food that's on our plate is important; putting the fork down between bites, really engaging in conversation at meal time." Joiner also says it's all about self-care. "This is just a tool that maybe will help people be aware of the importance of thinking before they eat"

For more information, you can visit. www.choosemyplate.gov.

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