You probably learned about the food pyramid back in elementary school. But did you know that First Lady Michelle Obama recently helped introduce the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate icon to replace it? That’s right: Coinciding with the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity, the USDA has created an easier way to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need to keep your body performance-ready. Simply follow the icon: Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, about a quarter with grains and a quarter with protein, then add a small side of dairy. It’s that easy. Just make sure your plate isn’t super-sized!
Test your knowledge about how much you should really be eating.
1. One serving of vegetables or fresh fruit is about the size of:
a) a ping-pong ball
b) a baseball
c) a softball
2. One serving of fish is similar in size to:
a) a credit card
b) a passport
c) a checkbook
3. One serving of dried fruit and nuts is comparable in size to:
a) a large egg
b) a lemon
c) an avocado
4. One serving of ice cream is similar in size to:
a) a golf ball
b) a tennis ball
c) a Wiffle ball
5. One serving of meat is about the size of:
a) a box of matches
b) a deck of cards
c) a postcard
Quiz Answers: 1. b, 2. c, 3. a, 4. b, 5. b
Make portion control easier:
Never eat straight from the bag. Just pour a serving size of your favorite snack into a small bowl. You’ll eat less and feel satisfied—not sick.
Boyfriends & Ballet
Men who attend the ballet, museums and other cultural events lead healthier and happier lives, according to a new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. If your man has been feeling upset or anxious lately, cheer him (and yourself!) up with tickets to see your favorite ballet company. It’s time for a date night at the theater.
If you’ve been rehearsing late and waking up early, you’re probably sporting some unwanted bags under your eyes. For a quick remedy, place your eye moisturizer in the refrigerator overnight. The cool cream will reduce puffiness and act as a moisturizer, leaving you looking healthy and happy!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.
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Isabella Boylston in "The Bright Stream" (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy American Ballet Theatre)
Beloved by ballet fans for her lucid technique and onstage effervescence, by her Instagram followers for the deftly curated photos and videos she shares of her glamorous life, and by fangirl Jennifer Garner for all of the above, American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston is one of the rare ballet stars who's achieved mainstream fame. A native of Sun Valley, ID, Boylston trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the Harid Conservatory before joining the ABT Studio Company in 2005. She entered the main company as an apprentice in 2006, and attained principal status in 2014. In addition to her successes with ABT, where she dances nearly every major ballerina role, Boylston has served as artistic director of the annual Ballet Sun Valley Festival, which brings high-level performances and classes to her hometown. And speaking of famous Jennifers: Boylston recently appeared as Jennifer Lawrence's dance double in the film Red Sparrow. Catch her onstage with ABT as Manon, Odette/Odile, and Princess Aurora during the company's Metropolitan Opera House season this summer in NYC. —Margaret Fuhrer