On June 2nd, the USDA unveiled a colorful dinner plate, sectioned into 4 compartments, with a side glass for dairy. Good-bye Food Guide Pyramid, Hello MyPlate!
Here at Trimarni, we strive to create a healthy relationship with food. We aim for progress, not perfection. We find what works for us, all with creativity, balance, performance/fitness and health in mind. We are all individuals and we respect each other for our own personal choices. We believe that every day is a new day, worth waking up for and making the most of no matter what yesterday presented. All is not ruined in one meal and we plan for special occasions, just like we plan for long or intense training sessions. For the food we put in our own body will ultimately fuel our workouts and help us live a quality-filled life. We do not associate food with feelings of guilt, obsession and restriction but rather we are passionate about our meals and snacks. We eat to make our own self feel good, not because a book, magazine or TV show tells us what to eat as if a book truely knows how many hours we train, how much we work on a weekly basis, what our significant other chooses to eat/bring home, and how many kids (or animals) we have, which require a lot of our attention. Because we have no "bad" or "off limit" foods, we focus on performance enhancing foods and de-emphasize performance limiting foods. There is a time for everything and we eat well most of the time so that we don't have to worry about the rest of the time. We don't use the words "skinny or fat" because we believe in a positive food and body language. We create balanced meals, built on a plant-based template. We don't stick to a "diet" like gluten-free or Paleo (the latest crazes) but rather we welcome all foods that provide health benefits both for our lifestyle and workout routine.
Thanks to my blog and your support, you have been enjoying my recipes for several years now. Sadly, I can't take credit for the USDA Choose Your Plate idea, but here at Trimarni, we have been creating our own plates which support our fitness, training/racing and personal health/weight goals.
Brown rice pilaf, grilled tofu, colorful dark green salad with egg, mushroom and bean medley
(Picture taken Dec 2009)
We do not restrict food groups (we love our milk and dairy!) and we welcome all foods which provide powerful nutrients and we focus on nutritional quality. We try to create most of our meals that are at least 70% wholesome, containing less than 5 ingredients per food source. We are all athletes, each with our own personal goals. While we may share different athletic/fitness passions, we all share a common bond in that we all strive for a healthier lifestyle and we have many finish lines to cross in our journey of improved health.
So while we learn to accept a new way of eating (I provided several links for your reading), I ask that you continue to focus on your personal needs and appreciate the foods that you put in your body. While research and science may support certain guidelines, it is important that you live your life to the fullest, by eating foods that will encourage strength, speed, power and health....all supporting your love for physical activity or structured training. Continue to strive for a plant-based diet as well as focusing on balance so that your meals and snacks leave you well-fueled and satisfied. For when/as you develop a healthy relationship with food, you will become more attuned to the needs of your body and you will find yourself making the most out of your days.
Please let me know your thoughts of the new Choose Your Plate, by leaving a comment in the comment section (or you can email me).
Choose my plate