An important part of weight loss is knowing your daily calorie needs and how to stick to that limit without feeling hungry or deprived, according to registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. She says people need to be calorie-conscious but not calorie-obsessed, and should focus on eating whole grains, lean protein and colorful fruits and vegetables.
A new breed of eaters is emerging that is as concerned about ecology as they are with taste: invasivores. These people eat a diet of invasive species, which are different depending on the area. Species including lionfish and Canada geese can be on the menu. Jackson Landers, a Virginia resident who calls himself as "the Locavore Hunter," teaches people how to hunt for and butcher deer. He has chronicled his invasive-species diet in an upcoming book, "Eating Aliens."
Chef Lois Ellen Frank promotes Native American foods including corn, pineapple, squash, beans and tomatoes. Frank, who is half Native American, spoke last fall at the Association of Food Journalists conference in Santa Fe, N.M., about the health benefits of a Native American diet, but does not exclude foods introduced to the Americas. She shares recipes including lamb-stuffed chilies and fry bread.
Home economics has undergone a transformation in U.S. schools, making it a popular class for boys as well as girls. Educators said curriculum focuses on preparing healthy food on a budget or in a hurry and on the nutritional value of food and ingredients.
A Consumer Reports survey found that nine out of 10 Americans said their diets are at least somewhat healthy and 34% deemed them "very" or "extremely" healthy. Data showed that 58% said they got recommended daily levels of fruits and vegetables. However, 36% of the survey takers were overweight based on BMI, and 21% were obese.