Monday, June 21, 2010

{highlights of the 2010 DG for Americans}

* another giveaway from CSN coming soon! Until then, you can dream of fun household items like a modern inspired vanity…check out the website for more ideas!

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!