August 18, 2008
Personal Diet and Activity Plan
During the past five weeks, we have been learning about Human Nutrition. Prior to this class, I knew very little about the subject. This is largely due to the fact that I did not care much about what I consumed. If was hungry, I ate. It was that simple. I did not take the time to read labels or to consider the long-term effects of a bad diet. Over the five weeks of this class, I have developed a much better understanding of nutrition and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.
One of the most important things that I have learned in this class has been the importance of nutritional labels. Prior to this class, I did not pay attention to nutrition labels. I was not normally eating any obvious junk foods, but what I thought was good for me actually was not. For example, a nut and berry mix that I thought was a healthy snack was actually full of fat. Also, since I now understand the importance of vitamins and minerals, I will always look for their amounts it then foods I choose.
Another important part of this class that I will take with me is the importance of vitamins and minerals and where their sources are. I realized that one of my favorite snacks, celery, is a wonderfully healthy snack. Celery is high in calcium, fiber, manganese, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C (Calories in Celery, 2008). I also began taking a multi-vitamin each day to supplement the lack of certain vitamins in my diet. I have been planning my meals with vitamins in mind and adding many more vegetables than I have had in the past. In order to increase my fruit intake, I have been making fruit smoothies in the morning. With one smoothie, I am giving myself an entire day’s supply of fruit and I feel great.
Finally, the most import topic that we have covered during this class is the food pyramid. Prior to this class, I thought of...