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Amy Approved Food Pyramid


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The Primal Blueprint Food Pyramid

This is the Paleo Food Pyramid.  Their biggest advice is to:
start by eliminating all of the offensive processed food, grains, sugar & industrial oils.”

*Ditch Grains (refined grains, whole grains, bread, pasta, muffins, cereal – anything made from flour)
*Ditch sugar (white sugar, candy, cake, cookies, pastries, milk chocolate, milkshakes masquerading as coffee drinks)
*Ditch vegetable oils & trans fats (corn oil, soybean oil, canola, sunflower/safflower, margarine, shortening, anything w/ “partially hydrogenated”)
*Ditch all other junk foods (potato chips, crackers, “crisps”, Cheez-its)
*Ditch fast food (Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King etc…)

Eat the animals, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds our bodies are adapted to thrive on.”

*Eat animals (grass fed beef, lamb, bison, pork, poultry, eggs)
*Eat animals from the sea (salmon, sardines, trout, mackerel, crab, shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams – wild)
*Eat unlimited produce (leafy greens of all kinds, colorful plants, berries, cruciferous vegetables, assorted fruits, roots & tubers)
*Eat some nuts & seeds (macadamias, walnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, brazil nuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, pumpkin, squash, & sunflower seeds)
*Use healthy cooking fats (grass fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, red palm & regular palm oil, ghee & animal fats (lard, tallow, duck fat, etc)
*Stock spices (Keep plenty on hands: cumin, coriander, thyme, rosemary, sage, chili powder, mint, tumeric, & cayenne to name a few)

What is your opinion?  Due to food sensitivities I really like this pyramid as I cannot eat grains, dairy & about 25 other foods.  It works for me!

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We are getting there….Gooooo Harvard!!!

Harvard is taking on the US government by challenging the new version of the USDA’s new “plate” version of the food guide pyramid.   Which do you agree with & why??



Harvard's Plate


Harvard's Pyramid

Amy’s Opinion:
*USDA’s – Not specific enough, contains dairy (ugh..) & does not include exercise

*Harvard’s Plate– Includes water, states to limit dairy, avoids sugary drinks, states to avoid cured meats like bacon as they contain nitrates & nitrites, admits that french fries are NOT a vegetable and says to STAY ACTIVE!

*Harvard’s Pyramid – LOVE that the bottom of the pyramid is all about daily exercise & weight control!!!  I also really like that they advise taking a daily multivitamin plus extra vitamin D.  Overall this is my favorite!

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Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid


Alternative health expert Dr. Andrew Weil’s food pyramid will help you eat the optimum amount of fruits, vegetables and even whole grain pasta to prevent inflammation and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. But the best part is that you don’t have to cut out things like red wine and chocolate. Both can be good for you in moderation.

1. Cooked Asian Mushrooms (Serving size: Unlimited)
Mushrooms contain immune system boosting compounds, helping to prevent illness. At less than 100 calories per cup, they’re good for your diet too. But be careful, you’ll lose the benefits if they’re not cooked well. Here are some varieties to try: shitake, maitake, oyster and enoki.

2. Whole Soy Foods (Serving size: 1-2 servings a day)
When you’re shopping, look for whole soy foods over isolated soy protein powders like fake meats with soy isolate. Try eating tofu, tempeh, soy milk, edamame and soy nuts. They’re good sources of protein and help guard against hormonally driven cancers, such as prostate cancer and breast cancer.

3. Cruciferous Vegetables (Serving size: Unlimited)
Cruciferous vegetables belong to the cabbage family. What’s great about these greens is that they protect against cancer. Look for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, kale and brussels sprouts.

4. Healthy Fats (5-7 serving a day; 1 serving is equal to 1 teaspoon of oil)
Not all fats are bad for you – some types actually protect your heart, like omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re looking to increase your intake of good fats and cut out the bad ones, make sure you add these to your grocery list: hemp seeds, flaxseeds, walnut oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil and omega-3 eggs.

5. Whole and Cracked Grains (3-5 servings a day; 1 serving is 1/2 cup cooked)
The good types of whole grain products are ones where you can actually see the grain or large chunks of grain. These foods won’t raise blood sugar the way products made with flour and sugar do. Stock up on basmati rice, wild rice, brown rice, buckwheat, barley, groats and quinoa.

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