The 3-day diet analysis was very interesting to me, and has given me some very useful and challenging information pertaining to my health. I know I do not have the healthiest eating habits, and after using the SuperTracker I plan to do my best at changing my diet. My current eating habits are not very bad, but not very good or healthy. I do not eat breakfast, but when I do I eat breakfast I eat food that is for lunch or dinner. I know that is not good, but eating some breakfast food makes me feel sick. Honestly, I like to eat breakfast food at night. Lately, I have not wanted to eat breakfast at all.
So when lunch time comes around I am starving and I sometimes eat more than I should. I also stuff myself when I am eating. I have this mentality that I should eat everything on my plate, even when I am full. The recommendations I received from the SuperTracker pertaining to my servings from each food group were mostly under the serving size. I received a good report in the protein category. I love to eat meat. The vegetable category was okay in some areas, but needs improvement. I also need to improve in the calorie area. Apparently, I was under my 1800 calories, but the empty calories I was over the limit.
As I mentioned before my eating habits are not good at all. I can adjust my diet by eating the appropriate nutrients. I need to eat more fruits because my results were not good in that category. I can add some whole fruits as a snack rather than eating Pringles for a snack. My dairy category was not as good either. I must admit that I do not drink milk or eat ice cream at all. I am lactose and I stay away from dairy products. My vegetable consumption is not bad; however, I need to eat at least 11/2 cup(s) of dark green vegetables, and 6 cup(s) starchy vegetables weekly.
The grains nutrients showed that I should eat 6 ounce(s), 3 ounce(s) of whole grains, and 3 ounce(s) of refined grains. My report showed I was under in that category as well. The six classes of nutrients are carbohydrates, lipids, water, proteins, minerals, and vitamins. My overall intake of nutrients raised a red flag towards my health when I saw that my sodium intake is over the consumption amount. I suffer from hypertension and I need to make sure I take my consumption on certain foods seriously. I see now that I have really put myself in danger of having a stroke. I also know that I should improve my vitamin intake as well.
I suffer from low iron, and I have to take three iron pills a day. I know if I were to eat the appropriate minerals that contain iron then I probably wouldn’t have to take three iron pills a day. Reviewing my results from the 3-day diet analysis really helped me improve my eating habits. The number one thing I improved was the sodium. I learned to decrease how much salt I was eating. I printed out the food groups and calorie intake chart, so I could see how to measure my servings. When I go grocery shopping I take my list of foods that I got off the 3-day diet analysis, so I can know what foods are healthy for me.
I have started to eat less at the fast food restaurants, and started packing my lunch to take to work. That has helped me save money as well. I have added some exercising to my diet plan too. I try to exercise at least three to four times a week. I have become an older woman and I realize that eating healthy and exercising is a very important role in my life. Since I have been diagnosed with hypertension, I see that my health is not to be taken lightly. This assignment has opened my eyes and helped me understand that my body needs to be taken care of to the fullest.
Courtney from Study Moose
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