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How do we choose what to eat? You’ve probably heard that you need to eat a balanced diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but what exactly does that entail? Americans are bombarded with many food choices every day, from mainstream fast food restaurants, to endless aisles of food in grocery stores, to infomercials hawking the next weight loss program. It’s no surprise that there is confusion about what exactly is “healthy.” Though we have access to nutritional food labels and other health information, what should the average American be looking for when it comes to food?
As recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture, we should be diversifying our plates with color and nutrition. One option for deciding how to eat healthy is to think of your stomach as a party! Instead of analyzing nutritional labels and meticulously counting calories, you could strive to create the perfect party atmosphere in your stomach. For example, when planning a party, a diverse array of guests will be needed to ensure happy co-mingling. Therefore, you may want to invite that one person who’s always the life of the party (fattening foods), but you probably don’t want too many of these party friends in attendance, yearning for the spotlight. It would be better to complement your party friends with more introverted wallflowers (fruits and vegetables) who stabilize the party atmosphere. This will avoid your party turning into a “rager,” and eventually disturbing your neighbors (or your body)!