The Great Plate is part of U-M's MHealthy GOOD CHOICE program for healthy eating.
I've been trying to eat healthier and just live healthier in general so I've done a bit of research on the subject of healthy eating that I thought might be helpful to others who are motivated towards cleaner living.
The idea behind the "Great Plate" is to illustrate that creating a healthy meal can be simple. People tend to think that eating healthy is complex and time-consuming, when it really isn't. We all have busy lives and don't have a lot of time to prepare meals; however, the goal of the Great Plate is to provide simple ideas to eating healthier: cooking on the weekend for the week ahead; having fresh fruit, veggies, or nuts readily available for healthy snacks, etc.
The Great Plate concept is designed to be an easy way to control portion sizes and create a healthier meal, simply by dividing a 10-inch size plate into three sections.
The "Great Plate" also addresses one of the biggest challenges people face when it comes to eating healthier— understanding portion sizes. Most don't realize that portions have changed dramatically over the decades. What we think is one serving is, in actuality, closer to two or even three servings.
Leading a healthier lifestyle doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming and the benefits cannot be denied: reduced risk of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as improved energy, strength, flexibility, stamina, muscle tone, sleep and stress release. Nutrition is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. Combine nutrition with regular physical activity and you will be on track to living a longer, more fulfilling life.
*Note: I'm not a health expert, I'm just sharing what I've learned and what works for me. It's a good idea to contact your doctor or a nutritionist before changing up your diet.
What are some of your healthy habits? What healthy recipes can you share?