Recently the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed a new guideline for daily food recommendations.  Gone is the outdated food pyramid, and in its place is the “plate”.

In my opinion, this shift is one of the more positive updates in public health in recent years.  While time will tell what significance the new recommendations will have, I am thrilled to hear that the USDA is promoting that half of each meal consist of fruits and vegetables.

A huge step in a better direction.

Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and are relatively low in calories.  Bulking up on fruits and vegetables will properly nourish your body.  A nourished body is satisfied and therefore craves less throughout the day.  When we are full from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, there is less room in our bellies (and less desire) to indulge in high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Read the rest of this entry »