Assignment: Healthy Eating Plan
Lisa Goodson, Ph.D.
Balancing nutrition is one of the most important things to do in one’s day besides
hygiene. I have had my current eating habits analyzed and read the nutrition of them. I have read
the good and poor aspects of my diet. On food diet websites that share links, I have found the
food guide pyramid that is a tool for diet planning. The Food Guide Pyramid is a guide for
planning diets that meet nutrient requirements and recommendations for health promotion and
disease prevention. It was designed to help consumers make food choices that together add up to
a healthy overall diet. University of Phoenix (UOP 2011)
My current eating habits have been documented on a somewhat food diary that I keep
track of on a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)(2011) website called
http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov . On this food pyramid tracker, I can compare my nutrition to
my activity and see the health of what I already eat. On this web site, I enter my diet for each day
and my each activity and the time of each for the day I am logging to the tracker. After
processing all this information, I can how my activity counters the calories I have consumed on
that day. For the activity and time entered for it, one will receive a rating on their activities. With
these results, I can build my own custom Food Pyramid that meats the nutrition I should have.
The Pyramid is built around five food groups: Bread, Cereal, Rice, & Pasta; Vegetable;
Fruit; Milk, Yogurt, & Cheese; and Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, & Nuts. Foods within
each of these food groups supply similar nutrients. For example, foods in the Bread, Cereal,
Rice, & Pasta Group provide carbohydrates and B vitamins; those in the Milk, Yogurt, & Cheese
Group provide protein, calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin D. By choosing a variety of foods from
each group according to the serving sizes and selection tips provided with the Pyramid, you can
get adequate amounts of all the nutrients you need in the proportions recommended for a healthy
diet. UOP (2011)
With my current activity and diet I have found the best of the nutrients of my daily diet
on Pyramid Tracker.USDA (2011) My daily activity time of 360 minutes of construction work,
expends a total calories of 2783, with a grading of 100 good. I currently, already have a daily
balance for food of 1 cup of green, black and kidney beans each. I also have 2 cups of white long
grain rice, 3 cups of whole wheat noodles, 1 large potato, 1 cup of potato soup, and for dinner or
swapped between which is lunch, ¼ lb hamburger with mayo and tomato on a bun and 2 links of
polish sausage. The Nutrients of my current eating habit are of an intake of 3734 calories, the
recommended calories are 3662. With the other nutrients, I have high Protein, Sodium and
Carbohydrates compared to the recommending. Almost all of my vitamins are low in the
comparison, so with more research, I will find a way to decrease my high good nutrients to
counter the raise in which vitamin nutrients I am lacking on. I may be able to hold my current
diet and counter the low vitamins with vitamin pills a good grocery store may contain.
The nutrients in food provide energy, structure, and regulation. There are six classes of
nutrients that we need to stay alive and healthy, to grow, and to reproduce: carbohydrates, lipids,
proteins, water, vitamins, and minerals. The amount of each we need varies. Water,
carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins are needed in large amounts. These are considered
macronutrients. Macronutrient requirements are measured in grams (g) or liters (L). Vitamins
and minerals are needed only in microgram or milligram (mg) amounts. They are considered
micronutrients. Although we tend to think of carbohydrates, lipids, and...
References: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (2011) MyPyramid.gov is your access point for the USDA food guidance system.
http://www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/ and http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov for tracking my eating habits.
University of Phoenix (UOP)(2011) University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning
Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (ncahlc.org). Retrieved January 29th of 2011 from https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/classroom/ic/classroom.aspx, week 1 reading materials I have gained some of the strongest information. (Chapter 1 and 2) http://www.ehiedu.org/flash/pdfs/w68761c2.pdf
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