So, you’ve decided to take charge of your diet. Maybe you want to lose weight or start an exercise program. Maybe you’re just tired of eating things made from ingredients you can’t pronounce. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to eat healthier. You may, however, not know where to begin. Here’s a list of three free resources to get you started.
MyPlate is the name of the USDA’s nutritional guide. Using the image of a plate, it focuses on five food groups: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Proteins, and Dairy. You can get detailed information on the guide, tips for eating healthier, and recipes at ChooseMyPlate.gov.
2 Office of Dietary Supplements
You probably haven’t heard of the ODS, but it’s a division of the National Institutes of Health focusing on – you guessed it – dietary supplements. Even if you don’t use supplements, you can still get a lot out of this web site by taking a look at the fact sheets they produce on different nutrients. You can check it out at http://ods.od.nih.gov/ .
3 Calculator of Body Mass Index
While not strictly about eating healthy, the Body Mass Index can give you an idea of how your diet affects your weight. Body Mass Index is a number relating to body fat that’s calculated based on your height and weight. Figuring it out yourself can be complicated, but the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has an online calculator that can help. Check it out at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm
There you go. Three free online resources to help you in your quest to eat healthier. Remember, this is not official medical advice. I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. If you have any questions, please see a physician.