New MyPlate icon helps families plan meals easier

The Federal government’s MyPlate icon was created to help everyday consumers think about eating healthier at dinner time. This icon provides a visual representation of what your dinner plate should look like in the way of protein, vegetables, dairy, fruits and grains.

“This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the foods that we’re eating and as a mom,

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Portion Distortion in America

Our Company | April 14, 2010 | By

Anyone ordering fast food or eating at restaurants has probably noticed that food portions have gotten larger. Some portions are available to “super size”, while others have simply grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. These growing portion sizes are changing what Americans think of as a “normal” portion at home, too. The National Institute of Health is calling it: portion distortion. Here are there definitions:

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Family Weight Management that Works

Seventy-five percent of Americans say they are concerned with their weight and a record breaking 70 percent cite their reason for making dietary change is weight loss. A surprising set of numbers since most are not successful with their weight loss efforts over time. The failure has more to do with our hectic lifestyles and the decline of Americans’ cooking skills over the past several decades than lack of willpower. Sixty-nine percent of people admit making same day or last-minute dinner decisions. The result: Americans order take-out and east out more often.

Eating dinner out is associated with an increased risk of weight gain; and adults who frequently eat dinner out are about twice as likely to be obese than those who eat at home.

Dream Dinners, the originator of the meal assembly industry, can help busy families get dinner on the table. Cheri Neyens, a Dream Dinners customer, explains:

“I knew there was no way I could stick to a diet that was limited to broiled chicken and fish. I knew that I had no imagination in the kitchen. Every month I go onto the Dream Dinners web site, and armed with the menu and the nutritional information, I make my selection of meals that I will be preparing for the next month. The dinners we eat are absolutely delicious, and I feel really good about serving them to my family. One year later I am happy to report I have lost 88 pounds and my husband has lost 90 pounds!”

See how Dream dinners portion control can help your family’s weight management. Visit dreamdinners.com and find a location near you.

Has Dream Dinners helped your family learn portion control? Have you lost weight including Dream Dinners with your healthy lifestyle? We would love to hear!