Hold yourself accountable. Tracking what you eat everyday can be a pain, I know! NutritionFacts.org has greated a new app based off Dr. Greger’s new book, “How Not to Die” and the app has a simple check-list of the daily dozen foods you should try to be eating everyday! Every time you eat a serving of something healthy, check it off the list. It is as simple as that! If you don’t have a smartphone, maybe just write the list on a piece of paper and put it on your fridge. Easy tool for keeping yourself on track.
*Websites like Myfitness Pal will give you rough estimate of your daily calorie needs and help you track. Otherwise you can use the USDA’s Supertracker and Daily Food Plans and Worksheets. To note, the USDA information favors animal products like dairy and meats. However, we are encouraging people to use less of these due to health and environmental reasons. Harvard School of Public Health has a great resource explaining more about the science and politics that go into the creation of the US dietary guidelines. Reed Mangels, PhD, RD has developed a Vegan My Plate to help people adopt balanced plant-based diets. Vegetarian, Vegan, and Plant-based eating are safe and recognized by many health organizations including the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kaiser Permanente, American Academy of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, American Heart Association, and even the US Government!