MetabolizePMD: Healthy Eating Based on Your Plate
If you're looking for a way to simplify your eating habits, take a look at your plate. Divide it into sections and fill your plate consistently with those types of food. Which types? PartnerMD Ideal Protein Coordinator Lisa Dawson explains in this video.
Tips for Healthy Eating Based on Your Plate
- The plate is a graphic representation of what your plate should look like if you're trying to make healthy choices.
- Half of your plate should be devoted to non-starchy vegetables. Half is probably more vegetables than you're used to be eating, but that should be the goal.
- It's important to differentiate between starchy and non-starchy vegetables. Corn, sweet corn, peas are examples of starchy vegetables. If you're trying to figure out if it's starchy or not, think about if you would ever eat it raw. If you would always cook them before consuming, they're probably starchy.
- The rest of the plate is largely devoted to protein and healthy fats. Protein sources are meat, chicken, eggs, milk, tofu, etc. Healthy fats include nuts and cheese, but also saturated and unsaturated fats. The fats you want to avoid are the trans-fats, which appear mostly in processed foods.
- That leaves a small section for a long list of items. Grains, fruit, sugar, alcohol, starchy vegetables, legumes. How do you handle squishing all these items into this little part of the plate? You make choices, including some of them some days and excluding them on others.
MetabolizePMD is a new wellness program at PartnerMD. By focusing on weight management and the science behind it, MetabolizePMD will help participants pursue and achieve metabolic wellness through the latest in healthy eating. Check out more MetabolizePMD content here.