Week 9 CheckPoint
Healthy Eating, Nutrition, and Exercise Plan
February 24, 2012
Over the past nine weeks this course has had me evaluating my eating and exercise habits. I examined my eating habits using the USDA Food Pyramid Guide and was provided with recommendations on what and how much I should be eating. This information combined with recommended exercises and information I learned in this class has led me to creating a personalized nutritional diet and exercise plan that should help keep me maintaining my weight for the rest of my life. At the beginning of this course I was not eating like I was supposed to. I had irregular eating habits that were some-what healthy. Eating three times a day is normal; however, I was lucky to eat one time a day. Skipping the most important meal of the day, which was breakfast, was not benefiting me in any way. I was not consuming enough fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and grains. Since the beginning of this course I have already initiated my four nutritional and physical exercise goals by cutting out my fried food intake, reducing my starch intake, decreasing my soda intake, and exercising more.
Eating fried foods may taste really good, but they are really bad for you. My family likes to eat a lot of fried foods like fried chicken and fried squash; however, eating too much fried food can send a lot of saturated fats to your liver causing liver failure. Eating food that is grilled is a lot better for you and tastes a lot better too, so as long as I grill my meat instead of frying it, I can still have it.
Reducing my starch intake means that I have to either give up pasta, corn, and potatoes or cut down on my serving sizes. Any time that I eat pasta I try to get the healthier pasta that is whole grain and portion my serving sizes. I am used to having some type of bread with all of my pasta meals, but I have cut that out completely.
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