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  What to Eat?

As of 2 June 2011, the new USDA healty eating symbol is . . .


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Marion Nestle on MyPlate

A review of news coverage (at least those quoting her).
Interesting on the Marion Nestle page is the comparative pie chart comparing U.S.A. Agricultural Subsidies:

Deconstructing the USDA’s new food plate

Source: Food Politics, Marion Nestle

02 June 2011 MyPlate replaced MyPyramid which on 19 April 2005 replaced The Food Guide Pyramid

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The current  Food Guide Pyramid.
The most recent Food Guide Pyramid

The original Food Guide Pyramid.
The original Food Guide Pyramid

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Food guide pyramid



Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture

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In the News . . .



What to Eat ?

"Eat less of better food," Marion Nestle

". . . Rebalancing your consumption to achieve a plant-centered diet
will probably reduce your overall grocery bill" -- Mark Bittman


Michael Pollan

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual.
NY: Penguin, 2009.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.
NY: Penguin, 2008.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

  • The whiter the bread, the sooner you'll be dead
  • Don't eat cereals that change the colour of milk
  • Avoid foods Grandma wouldn't recognise
  • If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't
  • Eat when you're hungry, not when you're bored
  • Eat your colours
  • Avoid long lists of ingredients
  • Avoid ingredients you don't recognise
  • Shop at the edges of the supermarket
  • Include some pre-digested foods
  • Don't overlook oily fish
  • Only eat foods that eventually rot
  • Avoid foods that are labelled 'low-fat
  • Eat slowly
  • Drink the spinach water
  • Only eat foods cooked by humans
  • Buy smaller plates and glasses
  • Eat like the French, Japanese, Italians or Greeks
  • Stop eating before you're full
  • Don't refuel at the petrol station
  • Try not to eat on your own
  • It's not food if it has the same name in all languages
  • Treat treats as treats
  • Finally, break the rules once in a while

"Don't eat cereals that change the colour of the milk: Unlikely but brilliantly simple rules that will transform the way you eat," Adapted by Claire Cohen from Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan -- MailOnline (13 January 2010)

In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan.   Food Rules, by Michael Pollan.

Mark Bittman

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating.
NY: Simon & Schuster, 2009.

Eat More:
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • legumes
  • whole grains
Eat Less:
  • meat
    • rely on meat for its flavor, not its heft
  • sugar
  • junk food
  • "overrefined carbohydrates"
  • fish is probably the best choice in animal foods
  • stay away from any processed food that has more than five ingredients

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating, by Mark Bittman.

Marion Nestle

What to Eat.
NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Blog and Website

. . . eat fewer calories, exercise more,
eat more fruits and vegetables, and less junk food

. . . learn to navigate through the supermarket aisles,
and stay away from the center aisles as much as possible

What to Eat, by Marion Nestle.

Jane Goodall

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating.
NY: Wellness Cenral/Hachette, 2006.
  • Eat Local, Eat Seasonal
  • Celebrates restaurants and grocery stores that seek out locally grown produce
  • Support the Right Farmers
  • Talk to your grocer
  • Read labels carefully
  • Buy grass-fed animal products, or
  • Become vegetarians
  • Beware of Corn Syrup
  • Avoid Plastic Bottles
  • Changing the World: One Purchase, One Meal, One Bite at a Time

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, Jane Goodall.

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