The New York Times wrote an interesting article about it last week.
You can check the "plate" out for yourself at the easy to remember, www.choosemyplate.gov
If you are not familiar with this website or it's predecessor, MyPyramid.org, it is actually an amazing resource. I have used it on several occasions to print out nutritional information based on the age of each of my 5 kids. Do you know the difference in the serving sizes of green beans for a 1 year old, a 4 year old and a 12 year old? This is the place to find out. Also, when my teens complain I gave them too many green beans, I just blame the USDA. So I guess the "My Plate" information now qualifies as a tip and a trick.
So here is the inspiration:
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
Dietrich BonhoefferI can think about losing weight all day long; until I actually prepare myself for the responsibility of my own weight and activity, it just aint' gonna happen. So be it.