The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are developed every five years. The newest ones, for 2015-2020 come in the form of a government issued document that is hundreds of pages, but there are actually just five simple guidelines. Here's my version of the guidelines, followed by the actual guidelines in parentheses:
1. You will ALWAYS eat - figure out how to do it in a healthy way.
(Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan.)
2. Eat GREAT stuff, but not too much.
(Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount.)
3. Skip the sugar spoon, the butter pats, and the salt shaker.
(Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake.)
4. SHIFT, as in small steps, to better choices.
(Shift to healthier food and beverage choices.)
5. What you eat and drink, the choices you make, is YOUR pattern. Own it.
(Support healthy eating patterns for all.)
It's not complicated, so don't make it that way. Patterns, shifts, choices. That is good advice for many areas of life.