During my diabetes education class this week, we talked about using My Plate which is a government website that has the latest health findings to help people know what to eat and how much. Further down this page, I have included a link to the very simple widget to get started on your calorie needs for weight loss.
I didn’t have a lot of time to explore the site, but some things that are included are my plate plan, my plate app, as well as quizzes, articles, and more.
There are a lot of resources on the site including a host of recipes. Here is one that I am going to try: 5 A Day Salad.
The site also includes recipe videos, resources, and more.
I always figure it is better to have more than enough information than it is to not have enough. While the site by itself is not the end-all, it does have a lot of very useful information that might help you along your way to eating in a more healthful way.
If you get time, explore all the site has to offer. Most if not all of it appears to be free, so why not use it!
I did not find anything specific to type 2 diabetes or any other type of diabetes, but I may have missed it.
Be sure to check out the links included doing the quick quiz to determine your calorie needs for your age, sex, weight, height, and more.
After you are done with the quiz, click the link and it will take you to a page that will give you the basic amounts of each food group that you can have.
For example, my daily calories are 1800 so I can have 1 1/2 cups of whole fruits, 2 1/2 cups of veggies, 6 ounces of grains, 5 ounces of protein, and 3 cups of dairy.
It also recommends that I be physically active at least 2 1/2 hours every week. But it does say that we can be active our way. So just before I wrote this blog and did my video, I was out hand cutting brush and tree branches for about 1/2 hour. I worked up a sweat, so to me, this was a good workout!
I talk more about My Plate and the diabetes education class I am involved in.
Those My Plate quiz links
As promised, here are those links to the My Plate quiz. You should be able to take the quiz right from this page.
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