March 6, 2011
Professor Dawna Bennett
Healthy Eating Plan Comparison
My eating habits since the last review of my health has changed about 30%, which is an improvement because I wasn’t getting enough from the food group like I should for a women of my age and height. I was eating a variety of foods at different times of the day or skip meals, and I often don’t pay attention to the sodium content or fat content of foods. I selected to maintain a healthy weight to gradually lose weight because I’m overweight for my height. I had a 1600 calorie food pattern to follow as a result of first health analysis. I am 4’11 and I am suppose to be around 119 and I’m 135 (I don’t look bad as far as I can see), but I can see my weight is mostly in my breast and hips. The food pattern recommended me to eat 5 ounces of grains, 2 cups of vegetables, 1 ½ cups of fruit, 3 cups of milk, and 5 ounces of meat and beans. To maintain a healthy weight, it recommended I have to maintain 3 ounces of whole grains a day, vary my veggies each week by eating 2 cups of dark greens, 1 ½ cups of orange veggies, 2 ½ cups of dry beans & peas, starchy veggies 2 ½ cups. In maintaining a healthy food pattern during the month and a half of the recommendations, my weight went down a little as well. I weighed at 135 and now I weighed at 128 pounds. I like the improvement because I can see that my stomach and waistline has decreased, so now I can fit my size 7 jeans comfortably. I enjoy the choice of foods I select to intake. I have breakfast every morning, lunch and dinner. For example, in the morning I may have the choices of oatmeal or cold cereal with sides of eggs with fruit or smoothie, and if I choose I have a cup of hot herbal tea, orange juice, or lemon water. The lemon water is for hydrating my skin because I really have to work on fluid intake as well. I didn’t drink water as often as I should. I really improved in fluid... [continues]
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