My New Years resolution is going to be to focus on eating healthier foods. I’ve always tried to be careful but I find myself very frustrated when I try to meet “proper nutritional requirements.” Surely, I am not alone here. I’m not talking about gourmet cooking but about the very basics. Whether you adhere to the old fashioned pyramid or are trying the new My Plate system it still seems more difficult that it needs to be. I am forever trying to figure out how I can possibly eat all of the required servings mentioned without gaining weight.
It seems I am not alone. Surveys show that while most people think that they eat a reasonably healthy diet, most do not. Only 1 percent of women meet the minimum standards set by the American Dietetic Association. Simply put, people are confused about their basic nutritional needs.
It is my goal to try to figure this out. The other day I thought I had done quite well. For breakfast I had a cereal high in fiber and in protein (tasted like straw) with a banana (fruit group, grains, protein and dairy). For lunch I had a bacon and egg sandwich with a glass of milk and cottage cheese with peach slices for dessert (grain, protein, dairy and fruit). For dinner I had a pulled pork sandwich with cold slaw, a glass of milk and a brownie (the brownie would have to be in a group of its own) so I had (protein, grain, dairy and veggie.) I even tossed down a handful of nuts for a snack. I was full. So what went wrong?
Grain: 3 servings (5-14 depending on lifestyle)
Fruit: 2 servings (2-3 servings)
Dairy: 3 servings (2-3 servings)
Protein: 3 servings (2-3 servings)
Veggie: 1 serving (2-3 servings)
Nuts: l serving (nuts, seeds and legumes: 3-4 servings a week).
Fats and Oils: 2 servings (eat sparingly as part of overall diet)
The trouble is that was a good day when I was actually trying to eat more of the “good stuff”. Normally I might just have toast for breakfast, a TV dinner entrée or sandwich for lunch and meat, roll and one veggie for dinner (I’m not even going to try tallying up groups for that). As you see, I have a long way to go and the brownie or occasional visit to a fast food establishment doesn’t enter into the picture at all.
I would love to hear what other food/health conscious people are doing.