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Myplate Experiment

Following USDA Eating Guidelines Made Me Neurotic -- But Not Healthy

Joe Satran | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

Essentially, the experience made me neurotic and anxious about food (one of my great pleasures!) without making me especially healthy.

My MyPlate Experiment Hits The Weekend

Joe Satran | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I wish I could stay I'd stayed equally stalwart in my dedication to the plan all week, but that wouldn't be quite true. I sort of lost enthusiasm and dedication, unsurprisingly, just as the weekend hit.

MyPlate's Not-So-Blissful Restaurant Ignorance

Joe Satran | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

A quarter of Americans eat dinner out at least three nights a week, so for the USDA to systematically ignore this facet of the American eating system is risky.

The Tyranny Of 'Empty Calories'

Joe Satran | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I tried incorporating two new normal life things into my MyPlate Experiment: restaurants and cooking for a group. They each presented minor challenges, but not as many as I might have suspected.

MyPlate's Dairy Problem

Joe Satran | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

It turns out that, on a normal day, my stomach could answer "Got Milk?" with an emphatic "No." So I've found myself needing to incorporate extra milk and yogurt whenever possible.

Healthy Eating Is Hard Work

Joe Satran | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I'm only 24 hours into my mission to eat exactly according to the federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and I can already tell it's going to be a hard week.

The MyPlate Experiment: My Week Eating What Uncle Sam Says I Should

Joe Satran | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Satran

I'm not a healthy eater. But for the next week, I'm going to try my hardest to eat exactly in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.