The Traffic Light Method is based on the following:
- Red means stop and think. Eat these foods (such as hot dogs, soda, pie, and fried foods) only once in a while and in very small portions. If at least half the calories come from fat, the food is a “red” food.
- Yellow means go slowly. Eat these foods (bread, grits and butter, beans, low-fat macaroni and cheese) in moderation. Be careful about portion size. Even these healthier foods, eaten in large enough portions, can make you gain weight.
- Green means go ahead. Eat more of these foods, which include most fruits and vegetables.