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Harvard’s New Food Pyramid – Big Brains Say Exercise, Less Bad Food/More Good Food The Secret

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FinalSmall Well you know us, we make fun of everything and its hard not to resist poking fun at the obvious. But of course the sobering reality is that many of us struggle with our weight and having a higher awareness and interest in the culinary arts can make ‘watching your weight’ a lot more challenging. It’s one thing to like to eat, but its made even more difficult by the ability and the PASSION for creating the best possible food we can. If we’re trying to lose weight many (most perhaps) would argue we SHOULD be using Splenda for our sweetener and apple sauce and yogurt for our fats etc etc but personally I have found I just cannot live with this. I once had a plate of ‘healthy brownies’ made with faux fats, faux sugars and faux eggs and my new neighbor who had heard of but not yet sampled my food said ‘So you made this?’. I have rarely used a substitute since. Instead I’ve adopted what is for me the far more sensible course of portion control. Alton Brown says it best, ‘There are no bad foods, just bad food habits’. My personal bad food habit is eating too much of it so I’ve just recently become a strict calorie counter. Eat what you want, you just have to count it and stop before you go over. More on this later.

But back on topic (sorta) its important to know what’s really good for you and what isn’t. Then try to prepare dishes using as many of the good ingredients as possible. For example you can enjoy a huge serving of bleu cheese dressing (3oz = 450 calories) if you use it to cover a 6 inch head of lettuce (75 calories). By contrast some foods have absolutely NO redeeming qualities whatsoever like say sausage gravy or Alfredo sauce. Of course you can have any of these too, just in extreme moderation.

And now on to the new food pyramid called the Healthy Eating Pyramid. Its searchable, downloadable and free. It’s also part of the revamped Nutrition Source site that shares research and recipes from other smart people and chefs. Sometimes both.

The Healthy Eating Pyramid [via Boston.com]

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