WK7 - Health+Eating+Plan+Comparison
WK7 - Health+Eating+Plan+Comparison
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Health Eating Plan Comparison 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Eating Plan Comparison University of Phoenix SCI 241 March 8, 2010 name Health Eating Plan Comparison 2 This class has made me think much more about keeping my body healthy on a nutritional and physical level. I have made a plan for a new diet; however, I have not yet fully implemented it. I have begun looking more at the nutritional facts on the packages of food that I eat, but it is difficult to find the initiative to fully begin the diet. Despite the fact that I have not yet fully implemented a new diet, I have begun taking supplements to help meet the daily requirements for various vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. After analyzing my food plan from week one, I realize that my weight has actually gotten higher; however I have gone to low/no fat foods and now try to drink water rather than soda. Fruits and vegetables have been difficult to maintain. I still maintain approximately 0.8 cups per day when recommended is 4 cups equivalent. I am still eating plenty of foods within the meat and beans groups. My grains have stayed quite consistent, thereby meeting the daily recommendations of 10 ounces per day. The hardest part of making the change for me is to cut out soda and caffeine. I dislike the plain taste of water. I have been looking around at local supermarkets to see what else is available without empty calories. Flavored water contains many sugars. I have also cutback on energy drinks, which are extremely bad for the heart. I was a heavy energy drink drinker, but now consider myself a moderate energy drink drinker. I did find some sugar free flavored beverages that have no calories or caffeine, which I could use to replace my water intake. If I can stick with that then my hydration and blood sugar level will be better maintained. I am also no longer taking those little energy supplements that you find at the gas station, and have begun taking a cinnamon dietary supplement that supports healthy blood sugar levels. Health Eating Plan Comparison 3 I know that over time I will be able to implement gradually all elements of my new diet plan into my daily life. This class has really made me think more about how my current actions can greatly influence my future. The presentation that I created earlier this week about nutritional needs over the different changes in life has influenced me more than any of the other part of this class. I initially thought that this class was going to be more locally science focused. I now understand how important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are in order for the body to operate efficiently. I have never quite understood nutrition like I do now. Perhaps if I would have paid more attention to my body in the earlier years then I would not have near as many problems that I have now, but it is never too late to start. In the passed I have had success with the Atkins diet, which is basically higher protein and virtually no carbohydrates. My amount of weightloss was excellent, but I was always fatigued and did not realize that I was causing malnutrition to by body. I will never recommend that diet to anybody again. I now understand how important carbohydrates can be, and that they are a primary energy source for the body. I also have learned that I will need to monitor my nutrition and make changes through each and every stage of life. This has been a very challenging class, but the knowledge has made it all worthwhile. I now look at the nutritional facts of nearly everything I eat, even before I purchase it at the grocery store. It is tough attempting to keep track of all the vitamins, minerals, calories, and every other nutrient, but I am certain that it will become easier over time. I know that if I don’t make the change then I am definitely going to pay for it later on in life. Health Eating Plan Comparison 4 I still plan to implement my original diet plan, which is: Breakfast 2 cups of dry cereal with 1 cup of milk 1 banana 1 piece of toasted wheat bread 1 cup of milk Lunch Tossed salad with ½ cup of dried cranberries and fatfree Italian dressing 1 orange 1 cup of milk or juice Dinner A small dinner salad with fatfree dressing. 5.5 ounces of either steak or chicken A glass of water The menu above is missing one serving of meat and beans and a few servings of grain to leave room for a possible snack of whole grain crackers, ½ ounce of nuts, or maybe a ham sandwich on wheat bread; however, my primary goal here was to maintain my current weight, which is 169 pounds, and to feel more energized. Since I have already begun to gradually Health Eating Plan Comparison 5 implement this diet into my life, I have actually gained five pounds pounds, but I feel like I have more energy than I ever had before. I have learned to focus on nutrition rather than weight loss. I always thought that I had to be at this perfect weight, but that does not matter now. If keep consuming the proper amount of nutrients, then I feel happy naturally through nutrition. In conclusion, what I have learned is to follow the food guide pyramid to help me eat foods with the proper amount of nutrition recommended daily for my age and body type. One major part is to avoid empty calories, and if necessary, implementing a daily multivitamin to fill in vitamins that are unable to obtain through food intake. I also now understand that moderate exercise on a regular basis is a must. Without keeping one’s mind and body nutritionally healthy and exercising regularly, one will not be able to enjoy the best parts of life that may come about. The knowledge I have gained from the class will help me throughout my entire life. Without it I would still be starving myself when I want to lose weight. Health Eating Plan Comparison 6 References United States Department of Agriculture. (2010). MyPyramidTracker.gov. Retrieved March 7, 2010, from http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/
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