The front side of the placemat is titled, ‘MAKE IT YOUR OWN’. Each of the food groups contain:
- varied examples of healthful food choices to eat
- the recommended serving size specific to each food
- the recommended number of servings allowed daily for a 1800-2200 calorie weight
- maintenance diet (for some adults, this calorie level would be a weight loss level)
- healthy food portions examples as compared with everyday objects
- discretionary ‘treat’ calories are allowed (50-150 calories daily)
The front side of the placemat is titled, ‘Creative Changes’. An artist pallet exemplifies how creative we can be in striving to eat a healthier and more nutritiously varied diet.
We are crammed with the busyness of life! Do you think it is ‘healthy’ to eat macaroni and cheese at dinner? It definitely is not a smart dinner choice when we choose to fill our plate with just the macaroni and cheese (or meat lasagna) and a little canned corn, then call it a good meal.
However, macaroni and cheese can be a good choice when we choose to eat it like our ‘My Nutrition Placemat’ says we should eat it.
‘My Nutrition Placemat’ does not tell you to avoid macaroni and cheese or meat lasagna, but it does remind you to be mindful of the actual portion size you should eat. Even more importantly, your placemat will remind you to eat a small salad, a steamed veggie and a fruit WITH your meat lasagna!
‘My Nutrition Plate’ is like having a nutritionist sitting with you, at every meal. This helpful tool promotes a positive process of change towards more balanced eating in your life, not only on your plate, but also in your mind. The outer white rim on both sides of the placemat is lined with ‘easy-to-remember’ nutrition tips. If you look at your placemat and read it each time you eat, it will ‘talk’ to you.
These sayings will help you stay focused on feeding your body a better way. Your reward for listening will be weight loss, more energy and better health.