Monday, June 21, 2010

{highlights of the 2010 DG for Americans}

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Happy belated Father’s Day to my fantastic dad! He is my # 1 leadership role model and share my love of all things musical. This photo was taken a couple of summers ago when my sister moved to Arkansas, and we towed a trailer containing her Ikea collection across the entire country…at 50 miles per hour.


I spent Saturday wandering around the Bloomington farmers’ market in the sweltering 90 degree heat, wearing bug-eyed sunglasses and trying to avoid assuming a lobster-like appearance. The market, although not as big as Soulard, was definitely impressive and very local-friendly.


My sister and I also participated in other essential hot weather activities like swimming in the lake and eating ice cream at the Chocolate Moose. This morning, we ran 4 miles and wondered why it was 75 F at 7:30 am?! Welcome to the first day of summer…


:: Highlights of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans ::


I don’t know if anyone else has been waiting anxiously to see what the new guidelines would bring, but as a future dietitian, they directly affect my recommendations as a nutritionist.

Who publishes the DG?

  • The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), established jointly by the Secretaries of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

How are the 2010 DG different from previous guidelines?

  • written to address an overweight/obese yet malnourished American population.
  • includes new sections to help American integrate scientific evidence into a practical, yet personalized eating pattern.

What I like about the new guidelines…

  • not meant to be a rigid prescription but to be guidelines that are flexible and customizable to the individual.
  • note that both decreasing calories consumed and increasing physical activity are necessary to reduce obesity
  • encourage a shift in food intake patterns to a more plant-based diet while consuming only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, and eggs.
  • recommend significant reduction in intake of added sugars and solid fats, sodium, and refined grains.
  • acknowledge that many barriers exist to compliance.
  • focus on prevention and halting obesity in childhood.

Again, you are welcome to read and review the 2010 DG for AmericansI’d love to hear your opinions on anything you’ve read or my comments above.

Thanks so much for the well wishes on the job search! Interview on Wednesday!

Hope everyone is staying cool in the heat!



  1. Hmm I'll have to look through the new guidelines when I have time. Are they new this year from previous years?

  2. Hey pretty Emily!
    Haven't stopped by in a while, so I wanted to say hi :).

  3. Good luck at the interview Emily!

    I am happy with what I see as far as the DG, so far. What I don't understand is the 1400 mg sodium recommendation. They say they want to guidelines to be doable, and realistic, but is that realistic? The average American consumes over 3000 mg per day, so I think 1400 mg is way too low. Just a thought..
    Other than that I agree with your points above, and I love that they are focusing on exercise, and tons of plant foods.

  4. ps-linking this post to my own blog entry on the guidelines, just for fun! yes, boston! keep me posted on the situation with that! *high-five!*

  5. Good luck with the interview!!!
    I like that the new guidelines are less rigid and encourage more physical activities. :)

  6. hey Emily, my email add is hope to hear more from you soon about food combining and stuff! :) and those local strawberries look SO GOOD!!!! I go to an organic farmers' market here on the weekends and the local strawberries are really gross. they are small and often bruised. I always thought it was because they were organic so they don't look so good??? They don't look half as perfect as yours!! :)

  7. I didn't realize that new guidelines had come out, but I will give them a look!

    Are there things that you dislike about the new guidelines?

  8. Good luck with the interview! I'm excited for you :)

  9. Hi Em!
    Knock 'em dead at that interview; tell them about the blog!
    I'm actually really excited to see what this new DG is going to look like! I like the sound of the new guidelines..I like that it is more flexible and is just more realistic and easy to follow!

  10. Obesity is no good and leads to many a disease.It is very sad that the food habits of the recent times and the lethargic pastimes,lack of sports n lives and unhealthy and stressful lifestyle leas to obesity.Thanks for the tips to reduce the same.

  11. I hope your interview went well.

    It really has been hot these days. Stay cool!

  12. I have to admit, I don't pay attention to the dietary guidelines. I did hear about the new guidelines that put more emphasis on vegies and fruits over animal protein. I think eating everything in moderation is healthy and of course, less meats and more plant based food.


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