Many people have poor eating habits, whether they are in conjunction with an eating disorder or just disordered eating. Proper nutrition gives you the energy to get you through your day and the nutrients you need to stay healthy and fight off illness.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture changed the Food Pyramid from what you grew up with to MyPlate. One size doesn’t fit all. MyPlate can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you. The SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze and track your diet and physical activity.
Meals and Snacking 101
What do I choose at the cafeteria to keep my weight down, my energy up, my mood happy and my skin clear? Eat 3 small meals and 2 snacks, consisting of protein, complex carbohydrates and a little bit of unsaturated fat. Stay clear of sugary and processed foods. Drink water all day. Check out the list below for some examples of healthy options:
Breakfast: Ideal Balance—1 Carb, 1 Protein, 1 Dairy, 1 Fruit
- A scrambled egg on whole grain bread
- Oatmeal with berries and plain yogurt
- Low-sugar cereal with skim milk
Lunch and Dinner: Ideal Balance—2 Vegetables, 1 Carb, 1 Protein
- Salad with chicken or turkey and Italian dressing (go easy on the dressing!)
- Turkey/Chicken/Fish with veggies (grilled, steamed) and brown rice or sweet potatoes
- Turkey/Chicken/Tuna sandwich on whole grain bread, lettuce, tomato
- Handful of unsalted nuts
- 2 cheese sticks with an apple
- Plain yogurt with fruit
- 2 Tsp. Peanut butter