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Balanced Diet Food Plate Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Balanced Diet 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

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

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

Snacking Healthy

While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingr...  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

Balancing exercise with work. Went back to work la
Updated 9/3/2015 5:30:36 PM

Balancing exercise with work. Went back to work last week. I'm on my feet for 7 hrs. I have actually lost 5 lbs but I'm afraid it's muscle. I'm away from home 7 am to 6 pm. How do I fit in working out? What should I focus on, cardio, weights? Thanks...  Read more

How can I add a food to the database? I have scan
Updated 9/3/2015 6:14:04 AM

How can I add a food to the database? I have scanned it in but when I deleted it, it was gone. I see others have added food with their name next to it. New to Spark People (tracking wise anyway.) Thanks in advance....  Read more

Starting my workout and diet Friday (payday). cutt
Updated 9/4/2015 9:06:24 AM

Starting my workout and diet Friday (payday). cutting out carbs, sugar, and sodium. has anyone had positive results by doing basic cardio (walking, jogging, crunches, sit ups, push ups, free weights, etc. ) ? i am planning on 2 hours a day....  Read more

i'm really liking this keeping track with my food
Updated 9/2/2015 11:08:00 PM

i'm really liking this keeping track with my food intake and excercises is fun the coaching had help a lot i loss 2lbs in 1 1/2 week pretty good its keeps me excited to watch diet and excercise improve my health and total whole being...  Read more


"Food is an important part of a balanced diet."Fran Lebowitz...  Read more

eating raw fruits and veges

raw carrots, blackberries, grape tomatoes, crisp pears, really helps my body process foods easier and quicker, cannot imagine why i stopped eating raw foods years ago...  Read more


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