Gaining Kitchen Confidence: PROMO


Hi, everyone! My name is Dina D’Alessandro and I am a
registered dietitian nutritionist with
DishWithDina. I want to welcome and
thank you guys for registering and
participating in our four-week
fast-track series, the first program of
which is called Gaining Kitchen
Confidence. As I mentioned in the
introductory video and in your welcome
email there are four objectives that we
hope you achieve in this particular
program: one is becoming a savvier
supermarket shopper; the second is
understanding how to read those
Nutrition Facts labels on the back of
your food packages; the third is creating
weekly meal plans that fit within your
schedule and budget; and the fourth is
interacting in a private Facebook group
with other like-minded people who are
looking to get back on track with eating
well. The reason why we created this
particular program was for…Today, let’s
start with the Nutrition Facts label.
You’ve seen this on the back of packages, right? You can see that. Packaged goods–
the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of
Health and Human Services (or the HHS)–
they create Dietary Guidelines for
Americans and they update these
guidelines every 5 years. This
information is then listed on the
Nutrition Facts labels on packaged food
items and also found online at
choosemyplate.gov. These amounts are
fairly arbitrary–not to mention often
confusing–and do not necessarily take
into account a person’s life stage, level
of physical activity, or existing chronic
conditions, so understanding your own
habits will help you make the right
choices as far as eating is concerned
that’s best for you. And what better way
for you to control what goes into your
body and manage your weight than
learning about these labels and what
exists inside…?

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