Consuming the Proper Amounts of Fruits and Vegetables in a Day Marcus Capizzano
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Monday Discussion 12:00 P.M.
“Nutrition is the science that deals with foods and the way our body uses them”(McKim 1997). When thinking about proper nutrition and the way we live our life’s, many believe that going to the gym or not eating fast food is enough to stay healthy. Although doing both is very important, overall the best thing you can do to stay healthy is having the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals your body needs in a given day. When given this assignment many thoughts ran through my mind about what exactly I would like to change about my life. I never thought about how healthy I really was until this class because we had to reflect on our daily lifestyles to choose something we wanted to change. I figured that I go to the gym every day, I get a reasonable amount of sleep, I do not smoke and I do not eat fast food. That sounds good enough for me. However, since being away at school I have realized that I do not eat the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables in a given day with my active lifestyle. According to a daily needs calculator found at nutritiondata.self.com I need to consumer a larger percent of vitamins then most people. Although taking a multi vitamin seems reasonable but when looking at what vitamins I needed, I would have to be ingesting about five to six pills a day and it would run me somewhere around one hundred dollars for a month’s worth of these vitamins. I decided not to go with the pills and instead stick with the essential fruits and vegetables and besides, I love eating so it fits perfectly. Now that I had my health behavior change picked out it was time for me to put it into action. I went to the nearest grocery store and bought all different kinds of fruits and vegetable without really knowing what vitamins they contained or did not contain. I believe this is a problem for many people who decide what to eat during meals or snacks, lack of knowledge. When I arrived back at my apartment feeling accomplished, I went on the internet and started researching for this paper and came across many things I did not know. While surfing the net I came across a website called stumblerz.com and according to them, “ ..the World Health Organization, or the WHO, has recommended that every person should consume a minimum of five portions of fresh vegetables, excluding potatoes, on a daily basis.” After reading this I realized I was going to have to do a lot more shopping from then on out. Once I was off the internet and had more knowledge on why everybody should eat the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables in a given day I realized I should spread the word about this to my friends and others. In this paper, I will be going over what I think is the most important aspects about eating healthy and having a healthy lifestyle specifically for a college student of my stature. I will be further explaining what exactly defines fruits and vegetables and what type of nutrition is given off by your everyday common fruits and vegetables that you find in a house hold. Also, there are many obstacles that can get in the way of sticking with a health behavior change and I will be focusing in on one specific obstacle that has gotten in my way or could get in anyone’s way and lastly, I am going to be explaining throughout the entire paper why it is important to change a health behavior because changing something when you have the proper knowledge makes it much easier. For my health behavior change I am striving to eat the proper amount of fruits and vegetables that I need in a given day, every day. I chose this because everything else about the way I live is healthy except for this aspect. Now that I have mapped out everything I will further broaden your knowledge on why eating fruits...