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Balanced Food Plate Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Balanced Food Plate.

Overcoming Overeating

Why do we eat? We all know why we should be eating: to supply our bodies with plenty of energy to get through the day; to get nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals which help us to stay healthy and free of disease; and t...  Read more

9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less

Setting a goal (such as losing weight) and implementing steps to reach it (like portion control) are two very different things. When it comes to eating healthier—or eating less for that matter—it isn't always as simple as "just e...  Read more

Healthy Party Foods

Everyone loves a party. There’s something about getting together with your friends that really helps you shed the stress of always trying to balance work and family. But with so many people trying to live healthier these days, finding tasty, di...  Read more

How America Grew

Highlights on food and America from the past 50 years: 1950’s – USDA creates four basic food groups: milk, meat, fruits and vegetables, and breads and cereals. 1954 – Swanson unveils the first TV dinners. Shoveling...  Read more

Strategies for Salad Bar Survival

The infamous salad bar, available everywhere from work cafeterias to family restaurants, can round out a meal with a wholesome side dish, or be a meal all by itself. What could be more healthy and nutritious? Those vegetables and fruits can be loaded...  Read more

Wedding reception foods?
Updated 7/25/2014 7:43:54 PM

What entrée and sides did you serve at your wedding? Was it full service or buffet style? If you were to do it over, would you change anything?...  Read more

food is not love
Updated 7/24/2014 2:29:59 PM

reading the article on "nothing ever changes if we don't change" made me think "why" do i overeat? maybe its my moms fault for feeding me till i was stuffed as a baby because they feared we would die if they didn't feed us properly? i need to forgive...  Read more

Food, Calories, and counting them
Updated 7/29/2014 9:01:26 PM

My story is far from unique, my weight has been up and down a large part of my adult life. I have had successful bouts of dieting, exercise and counting calories and at one point had lost nearly 70 pounds and was not too far off from my ideal goal w...  Read more

New Fitbit Flex and SP not Synching Food
Updated 7/23/2014 9:51:56 PM

I just purchased a fitbit flex and set it up on the FB website. I then logged into SP and set up the the sharing for the flex on the Fitness Tracker and everything but the food and water seems to be sharing. The food and water I enter at SP is not pu...  Read more

Corrected items not transfering to food planner
Updated 7/29/2014 8:32:44 PM

We noticed that one of our entered foods had a change in the values. I corrected the information in my edit of manually entered foods and saved it. I refreshed my search on my food planner and when I entered that food item name it did not come up wit...  Read more

vegetables are my saviour

why i've overdone it , i eat a big plate of veg with a chicken stock cube for my main meal and this balances it all out...  Read more

i can't see my plate.....

When you place food on your plate...makes sure you can see your plate....4...  Read more

CHOCOLATE LOVERS UNITE!!

Are you PASSIONATE about chocolate? Do you see it as a food group?! Join other Chocoholics for discussions, recipe-swapping, & help in keeping this important food group alive!...  Read more

National Food Icon Takes a New Shape

Last Thursday I watched First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveil the new food icon, MyPlate. I love the new icon that replaces the often times confusing MyPyramid image as a visual cue a...  Read more

In the News: More of Us Happily Balanced Between Living and Dieting

The French playwright Molière said "Il faut manger pour vivre et non pas vivre pour manger." ("We must eat to live and not live to eat.") That quotation comes from his play "L'Avare" ("The Miser") and provides a fitting comparison. Watching weight i...  Read more