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Start Simple with MyPlate Stories

Do you have a MyPlate story, success or tip to share? Have you used MyPlate and its resources to teach others about nutrition or to make a change in your own eating habits?

Tell us how MyPlate has inspired you and your family, friends, or community to eat healthy and be active. Stories shared may be featured on the website or social media and may be edited if necessary to remove profanities, endorsements/ advertisements, external website links, names and other personal information, spelling mistakes, and typos.


I learned about the importance of beans and peas from one of your tip sheets. The health information sounded good enough, but the recipes on your recipe site [What's Cooking] really sealed the deal for me! Tonight we are trying lentils for the second time. They. Are. Good!

Maurice, Louisiana

I used to be the type of girl that couldn't stop eating and became overweight because I didn't control my portions. MyPlate helped me to visualize what sized portions would keep me healthy. You should try it too!

Kyli, Minnesota

I am so grateful for this website. I am a dialysis patient and I know that I have to change to small portions and today I got some tips on your ten tips page.

Mary, Massachusetts

I have a 3 year old nephew who's always with me. We try to pick out healthy foods when we eat. Like your website suggests, we go for fruits and vegetables and fish.

Sala, American Samoa

I run a child care business in my home. This website has inspired me, my families and their children to get to a higher level of nutrition. We welcome the newsletters and facts about nutrition, and the new recipes keep us on track. The children have learned so much.

Kathie, Rhode Island

I recently received MyPlate information at my gym. I read about adopting more balanced meal plans and about portion sizes. What I really enjoy on your website is how to select more nutritious fruits, veggies, and protein sources. This is awesome.

Lawrence, Oklahoma

Instead of jam or jelly on my PB&J sandwiches, I fill it with fruits like sliced grapes, sliced bananas, blueberries, or raspberries. This way, I cut back on added sugars and increase my daily fruit intake. And, it's DELICIOUS!

Megan, Mississippi

I used some of your tips sheets! I drive for approximately 4-5 hours of my workday, so I make soups on the weekend and reheat in the morning for a small thermos. This helps me to avoid salty fast food or stopping at convenience stores.

Joyia, Maine

MyPlate has helped me and my family to easily detect essential/core foods to consume everyday.

Rebeca, West Virginia

I pack my lunch for the next day from the dinner I am making before I fix my dinner plate. This way I'm guaranteed two healthy meals and I don't have to worry about whether I'm making a healthy choice when packing a lunch early in the morning.

Zach, Connecticut