Jeesh, just when I was getting used to the old pyramid shape, now they change it. Michelle Obama stole my pyramid! Now I have to figure out this whole “My Plate” thing or I’m going to starve to death.
It was so simple before, one slice of pizza was shaped like a pyramid, therefore, it had everything I needed for a healthy meal all in one convenient slice. Now this “My Plate” thing is round with funny colors and a glass on the side. What am I supposed to do with that?
Ohhhh….I get it. To the First Lady, one slice of pizza isn’t really enough. Now she wants me to eat a whole pie. And then wash it down with beer! Maybe this won’t be so bad after all. I’m liking the Obama White House more and more all the time.
Here is the announcement:
USDA Ditches Food Pyramid for a Healthy Plate
USDA healthy plate June 2, 2011 — A colorful four-part plate, with a side dish of dairy, will replace the 19-year-old food pyramid as the icon of the new U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
The icon represents more than the currently recommended diet. It’s part of a drastic change. The old plan was to provide information. The new plan is to actively change American eating behavior, using all the tools of modern persuasion.
“The centerpiece of the program is this next-generation food icon,” Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) center for nutrition policy and promotion, tells WebMD. “The icon is the visual cue to get to online resources, to online media, and to unified nutrition messages from public- and private-sector efforts.”
Expect a barrage of messages and reminders from the food industry, nutrition gurus, chefs, schools, nonprofit agencies, and every government agency with anything at all to say about nutrition or health. Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and blogs will trumpet the healthy diet program.