These days everything seems so complicated; getting a job, surviving the recession, raising mature thoughtful children, down to what kinds of foods we put in our bodies. Growing up I was never too concerned with what I ate, I always assumed my parents knew what they were feeding me and that they wouldn’t feed me fatty foods or disgusting junk. Looking back at pictures of my childhood, I realize my parents didn’t have the good judgment about food as I thought they did and it became no secret as to why my brother called me ‘jello jiggle’; I wasn’t obese but I definitely had some extra weight to lose. Throughout my teenage years I lost the weight and faced a new struggle; being underweight. Now at 25, after having a child, I struggle with keeping my weight under control and not tipping the scale. With so many fast food and chain restaurants, along with commercials that show nothing but fatty yet tempting foods, it’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially with the unhealthiest foods being the most convenient. This project was an eye opener and definitely had me realize my eating habits need to change.
Protein is a very important part of our diets. Proteins are major component of almost every cell and they aide in delivering iron, oxygen, and nutrients to our cells. Proteins also help develop and repair, muscle, skin, and blood cells. Proteins are great at fighting off diseases and are also a key factor in regulating our bodily functions. It’s important to eat a healthy amount of protein, but individuals must be careful to not overdue it. Too much protein, especially animal protein, can lead to possible liver and kidney problems; protein-rich foods can also be too high in fat which contributes to weight gain. Diseases that have been linked to lack of protein intake are liver and kidney issues; however protein deficiency is not that common among the American population. The government website, mypyramid.gov, or any other diet analysis program, will do a great job at tracking dietary intake for people. Mypramid.gov showed I had an intake of 40gm of protein intake and the recommended range of protein is 46. The three day analysis I completed on the diet analysis c.d. showed that for the two day I analyzed my protein intake was 44.06 and my recommended intake was 45.36, so I came in just below the mark.
Carbohydrates are another important factor of our diet. Carbohydrates provide us with the energy that we need to get through the activities that we perform on a daily basis. Carbs, which is the shorter name for carbohydrates, are converted into glucose, which provides us with fuel for our bodies. The more fuel we have, the more energy we have. Carbs also help protect the function of our internal organs, nervous system, and muscles. There are two forms of carbohydrates; simple sugars and complex carbohydrate. Simple sugars comes from fruits and grains, cereals, vegetables, and dark leafy vegetables provide us with our complex carbs. Simple sugars produce glucose, which as stated above, will turn into energy. Athletes are a major abuser of simple sugars; sports food and drinks tend to be overloaded with sugars which can lead to digestive issues causing unexpected diarrhea. Another issue of too many simple sugars can be hydration; if the body consumes too much sugary products, the stomach has a hard time emptying which leads to the absorption of water. The dietary analysis c.d. stated my total intake of carbohydrates over the three day period I entered was 152.08g and the recommended intake is anywhere between 225 to 325; I need to increase my carb intake if I plan on getting more energy; which I need to get through my long days!
Fats are a touchy subject; it can be confusing to determine if you are consuming too much or too little fat. Contrary to what many have us believing, fats do have some benefits! The benefits have fat are healthy skin and hair, organ protection against shock, body temperature is maintained, and...
References: Donatelle, R (2008). Access to Health. San Francisco: Pearson Education, Inc.
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