Upon speculation that the icon to replace the old Food Guide Pyramid (and MyPyramid) would a plate, I’ve been snapping photos of my family’s dinner plates over the past couple days to see how we might measure up.
But before I get to the nutrition analysis of a nutritionist’s plate, I must share the comments of a washing-machine-repair-woman. She was repairing my machinein my laundry room while I was listening to today’s USDA press conference. When she emerged (with a smaller bill than I’d expected) I shared the news of the ‘new’ Pyramid to hear some feedback from a ‘man-on-the-street.’ This muscular 204-pound woman (she shared her weight) responded, “Well, I always make sure half of my plate is raw. I don’t have time to exercise, so I just try to make sure I eat healthy by keeping half my plate cooked and half as raw fruits and vegetables.”
Now of course just one Ms. Washer-Repair-Lady isn’t even close to a scientific sample size, but it’s a promising indication that MyPlate may be useful if the first person with whom I discuss it is already using the concept on her own. I say we all give it a go…regardless of whether or not that fruits and veggie half of the plate are all raw, cooked, canned or frozen!