The MyPyramid food groups are:

October 11, 2009 at 1:18 am Leave a comment

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The MyPyramid food groups are:

Grains: This group provides starches and often is referred as “carbs”. Make half your grains whole. Take a look at the ingredients list on the food labels and select the products that have whole grain (known as “good carbs”) listed as the first ingredient. Take the least amount of processed carbohydrates.

Vegetables: Vary your veggies. Select different color fresh vegetables. This food group provides nutrients essential for health such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. After phase two of your surgery, that is, after the fourth week you can eat vegetables such as salads without pureeing or juicing. Avoid tough fibrous parts (for example, eat easy to chew broccoli florets instead of the tough stems). Avoid frying vegetables. Select healthier cooking methods such as steaming or baking.

Fruits: Focus on variety of fruits. Select different color fresh fruits. This food group provides nutrients essential for health such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. After phase two of your surgery, you can eat fruits without pureeing or juicing. You must peel the skins and chew well.

Milk: Get your calcium-rich foods such as dairy products. Select low fat options. Milk can be used easily after surgery during all three phases. Dairy products also contain good quality proteins which are essential for a healthy body. If possible, substitute milk for water in your soups to optimize daily calcium and protein intake.

Meat, poultry, fish, egg, nuts and beans: Get your protein and other essential nutrients from this food group. Select lean types of meats. Skin the chicken. Avoid frying. Eat fresh fish twice a week if possible (fish contains “heart-healthy” omega 3 fatty acids). Egg whites contain good quality protein and can be added to your soups to optimize protein intake after surgery .Beans contain starch and variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants as well as protein.

Note: For good health, eat a variety of foods from each food group every day.

To learn more about healthy eating, the six food groups and other valuable information please visit the following free USDA website: http://www.mypyramid.gov

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Entry filed under: MyPyramid Food Groups.

Healthy diet for better recovery and successful weight loss Healthy Living By Shahla Ray, Ph.D.

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