The original plan called for me to be on a 1600 calorie a day eating plan. I have tried to eat healthy for the past seven weeks and I have lost twenty pounds. This is good according to the MyPyramid. The comparisons between the first one in week one to now is very different. You can see where the change in my eating habits and in the amount of physical activity. I now walk thirty minutes each day at a moderate pace, whereas before I did not do anything but clean house and wash clothes.
I tried to follow the MyPyramid recommendations for daily intakes from each food group. They were as follows: In grains it was 5 ounce equivalents with 3 ounces of that being whole grains. That is about 1 slice bread, 1 cup dry cereal. Or ½ cup cooked rice, pasta, or cereal. Vegetables are 2 cups from different subgroups. The subgroups contain dark green, orange, starchy, dry beans and peas, and other vegetables. The next group is fruits, preferably fresh or frozen, not juice. The intake amount is 1 ½ cup. The next group would be the dairy group. The daily intake amount is 3 cups 1 ½ ounces cheese and at least 1 cup of milk. Meat and Beans is the next group. The daily intake recommendations are 5 ounce equivalents-1 ounce equivalent is 1 ounce meat, poultry, or fish, 1 egg, 1 T. peanut butter, ½ ounce nuts, or ¼ cup dry beans. When picking the meat or poultry make sure it is lean-more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds. My allowance for oils is 5 teaspoons a day and I am to limit extras-solid fats and sugars-to 130 calories a day.
I tried to follow the recommendations for daily intakes to the tee, not only to lose weight, but also because I am a diabetic and I needed to get on some kind of diet plan to help control my sugar levels which were not under control. Now the readings are staying close to the same level every day.
When I first did MyPyramid I was eating everything and was not watching what I ate. It is easier to grab something on... [continues]
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