Whether you are eating at home or eating out, you can maintain a performance diet with proper planning and tools to help you make the best nutrition choices.
Food is fuel for one of the most sophisticated machines in the world—your body! Properly fueling your body means eating plenty of fresh fruits/vegetables, whole grains, beans, and moderate amounts of lean protein and healthy fats.
Many Soldiers are busy and rely on food that comes from a restaurant (fast-food, take-out, or sit-down). You may also be eating more convenience foods or pre-packaged/highly processed foods because they require very little preparation and cooking time.
Use My Plate to guide your food choices when shopping: Make ½ of your plate fruits and vegetables.
Cut calories and/or reduce fat by choosing the following options.
Go for Green® is a Department of Defense (DoD) nutrition program designed to help you identify healthy food and beverage choices in the DFAC. Food and beverage choices are color-coded either green, yellow, or red based on nutrition quality (fiber, sugar, degree of processing, type and amount of fat and overall wholesomeness). Look for the green, yellow, and red labels at the DFAC and
pick foods/beverages identified as “Green” as often as possible.
Frequent consumption of typical fast-food and/or take-out food (burgers, fries, regular sodas, fried chicken, pizza, etc.) makes it easier for you to ingest more fat, cholesterol, sodium, and calories than what your body actually needs. This can make you feel more sluggish and tired during the day. It can also make it more difficult for you to control your weight, and could increase your risk for chronic diseases like high-blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer.
You can save money and stop relying so much on convenience foods by planning and preparing more nutritious meals.
Shoppers save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a
Commissary . On average,
Americans spend $1,200.00 per year on fast food!
*Total cost reflects approximate Commissary pricing and varies by location.