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You Are What You Eat!

By Tremaine Tyler, Extension Graduate Assistant

My Plate plateTaking daily strides to improve a healthier lifestyle can be rewarding. It helps to reduce tension and to improve your overall health. But sometimes we get caught up in the hype, “If you work out, you will lose weight and be healthier,” but that’s not always the case. Even if you’re working out daily it doesn’t matter if you’re not eating healthy. What you put in your body is just as important or as the saying goes, “What you put in is what you get out!”

Having a resourceful eating plan to follow is a valuable part of your journey to living a healthier lifestyle. Once you adapt to a diet plan, it will become second nature to you and a tool you use daily.

Other healthy food options include:

  • Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.
  • Going for low-fat dairy products, such as drinking at least three cups of low-fat or fat-free milk each day or the equal value in cheese, yogurt, or other calcium-rich foods.
  • Choosing whole grains. Try to eat at least 3 to 8 ounces of whole grains each day depending on your age. Grains should fill a quarter of your plate at each meal.
  • Paying attention to your servings of food. Food quantity will depend on whether you’re trying to lose weight or to maintain your current weight. It’s okay to enjoy the foods you love but just make sure you enjoy them in moderation.

Remember, your body responds to what you put inside it, so why not treat it with healthy food choices? We've all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, it’s still factual. If you switch to a healthy diet full of healthy food choices, your body will reflect it – it’s just that simple!


United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. (2001, June). Let’s eat for the health of it.