10 Simple Steps

Last week I got an email letting me know that SCAN (The Sports, Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition) Dietetic Practice Group had released an updated version of their Ten Simple Steps to Make Good Habits More Delicious resource. This is a Dietitian-Approved guide for applying the dietary guidelines and My Plate idea to your every day life in 10 simple steps.

It’s a free resource and after looking at it, I felt compelled to share it with all of you!

It starts out with an overview of the guidelines involved:

And goes on to show you 10 positive changes you can make to your eating habits:

In the pages that follow, it gives you more details about each suggestion.

It gives you a great chart for visualizing portion sizes:

It provides suggestions for swaps to reduce your saturated fat intake:

It gives you tips for adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet:

Add tips for limiting your sodium intake:

It identifies sources of solid fats and added sugar that you should cut back on:

It gives you examples of lean protein sources:

It provides a great list of whole grains for you to try adding to your meals:

It gives you some recipe ideas:

It reviews some sanitation habits to help make your food safer:

And it encourages you to move more!

Overall I was very impressed with this resource. It’s simple, easy to understand and packed with great tips. I know some of the screen shots may be hard to read, so if you have clients who could benefit from this resource or just want a copy for yourself, you can view it online, download it to your computer or order copies by clicking here!

I was not asked to write this post. I’m not being compensated for it. As a future RD, I feel it’s important to pass on resources like this, that you may not have encountered on your own!

So tell me, what’s your best tip for people trying to make positive changes to their eating habits?


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. These are good simple tips! Overall good information! I try to make all my grains whole wheat, but i know for some that is hard to do. Thanks for passing it along Lindsay!
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  2. Thanks for this! It provides some good information! I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible, but it can be tough. My husband and I are trying to change our eating habits, so resources like these are always helpful. :-)

  3. I think just focus on doing more of the good stuff, versus taking out the bad, if that makes sense. So focus on eating lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, etc … the more you eat, the less hungry you’ll be for the other stuff!
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  4. Thanks for sharing this, Lindsay! I especially like the step that shares ideas for lean protein, that’s something I’m trying to focus on getting more of right now.
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  5. This is very cool! The brands sponsoring it make me a bit skeptical (since when can we trust Country Crock to give us good health advice? LOL!) but it looks like the messages are great ones! Thanks for sharing it!
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  6. this is great, thanks! i love that myplate incorporates MOVING!! so important!
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  7. Wow, this sounds like a great resource. I’ve never been to their site, but will definitely check it out today! Thanks again!
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  8. Great guide. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. I love MyPlate so much more than MyPyramid! :) Thanks for sharing this- I need to put it up at my office!
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  10. I think the key is to be mindful of hunger. It’s always helped me.
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  11. Great info…and I love the way it’s presented!
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  12. love that all the information is very straight forward and easy to read! There is a better chance that more Americans will take something away from the message that way
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  13. These are really useful and informative tips! Thank you for sharing!
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  14. I love this! It’s very similar to Weight Watcher’s healthy guidelines (I follow WW, if you didn’t tell from that comment). The first step I took was to replace diet soda with water. Extremely helpful!
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  15. I really like this! I do so much baking and try to hand as much of it off as possible. The days I eat fruit for dessert always leave me feeling my best :)
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  16. I think those are all great tips! I follow the 80/20 rule and find that if I want a treat, I eat it. I just don’t go overboard. It helps me stay balanced.
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  17. Great post and so easy.
    thanx alot :)
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