Integrative Nutrition Plate

The Integrative Nutrition Plate is a model for meal planning created by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. It is similar to the MyPlate model put out by the USDA but with some significant improvements. Getting all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs is obtained by choosing foods from a variety of whole foods, mostly plant-based. The old adage of eating from the 4 food groups is mimicked in this plate but with a healthier twist and taking into account that healthy nutrition is about more than just the food we put in our mouths. Healthy relationships, energizing activity, a fulfilling career and a sense of spirituality that works for you, are all part of a balanced diet. At least half of every meal should be Fruits and Vegetables which are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and fun. Part of your meal should be Whole Grains rather than refined flours. The meat category has been replaced with Protein, indicating that there are many ways to get the protein our bodies need without eating meat. The glass of milk has been replaced by Water which is important for hydration. The addition of Fats and Oils indicate that healthy oils in our diet are healthful and not harmful if cooked with care.