These food groups are going to be proteins, like beans, legumes, soy, and lean meats. It includes low-fat dairy, or dairy alternatives, whole grain products like 100 percent whole grain wheat, rice and whole food fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors. They always say eat the rainbow everyday.
Lisa: Where can people get information about eating healthy?
Jenny: There are quite a few resources in our community, one of which is on the CHI Mercy webpage . They have a Health Tip tab, so you can go in there and find a lot of great articles and a lot of great resources about healthy eating. Also, the Blue Zones Project is a community-wide initiative that’s really wonderful and happening in our community now.
Lisa: If you were going to change one thing about your eating habits or your eating diet, what would that be?
Jenny: Well I feel like I eat pretty well. But just in general for the general population, I think there’s always more room for those fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s really important to incorporate those into every meal and every snack you have.
The USDA’s My Plate guidelines recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables for every meal. When you do this consistently, it helps you get vitamins and minerals that bodies require to perform their functions, it increases the fiber in your diet, which most Americans are lacking, and that fiber helps keep you full and satisfied for longer. It also promotes regular bowel movements and gut health. We’re starting to learn more about gut health, which is tremendously important.
The entire podcast of the interview from the Jan. 29 program on News Radio 1240 KQEN, with Jenny Wood and Dave Powell, may be heard on the 541radio.com website.