When I first started this class I had a bad eating habit, I was always on the go, so grabbing a quick lunch or a snack fit right into my schedule. In the first week of class I did the healthy eating plan and it shocked me at the results. I was doing major damage to my body. I never thought about the consequences that my food choices had on my body. Since finding about my eating I have tried tremendously to eat healthier.
In this essay I will discuss my past eating habits and my current eating habits as well as what I plan on doing about my current circumstances.
As a child I was taught how to eat correctly and how to have vegetables with every meal. My mother could not stress enough not to be eating junk food all the time and how to brush our teeth after every meal. As I grew up and had children of my own I tried to teach them the same thing.
The thing is I do not practice what I preach. I am on the go every day, and have a very strict schedule. While I am at work on my lunch break I have thirty minutes to eat, smoke, and relax.
I do what every other person would do when it is food already cooked, I grab a quick hot or cold lunch eat and clock back in to work. I noticed that I gained a great deal of pounds within a short period of time, but I always made excuses for it.
Come to find out it was all because of my eating habit. When I did the healthy eating plan I noticed that I have the same routine each and every day. I go to Dunkin Donuts every morning grab me a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
I eat a candy bar on every break and something hot on every lunch. I did some research on the coffee and it shows that it is not bad for you at all. It actually helps lower the risks of many diseases by 20-25%. The diseases it helps with are type 2 diabetes, cirrhosis, and colorectal cancer. I also found out that eating sugary foods is not only bad for my health but my teeth and it is a majority of the reason I am overweight. My last Healthy Eating Plan paper shows my old eating habits.
Day 1CoffeeCinnamon pretzel, with sodaDouble cheeseburger, medium onion rings, soda, and two apple piesCinnamon twistBaked chicken, greens, cornbread, and corn Cake, Kool-Aid, cinnamon twist, and sour candy Day 2Large Hot chocolate with whipped cream, and a donutCinnamon pretzel, large soda, and candy barWhopper sandwich, large French fries, and larger sodaIce cream drumstick, candy, and potato chipsFried pork chops smothered in gravy, mashed potatoes, macaroni, green eans, and Kool-AidBowl of ice cream Day 3Bowl of cereal, flavored waterThree cookiesHamburger, with fried onion ringsCandy, ice cream coneTwo bowls of cereal, Domino’s pizza, cinnamon bread with icing soda My new eating habits are basically the same as my old eating habits. It is very hard for me to change up my routine with me being a full time mom to three children and I am constantly on the go. I am very well aware of the damage that I am doing to my body. I decided to try to eat healthy and see how long it was going to last me. I did a three day analysis before I did this assignment.
Here are my results. Day 1 Bottle Water, and grapesBananaPlain PringlesBaked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and a slice of cake and grape Kool-aid for dinnerBowl of ice creamSlice of cake Day 2 Flavored Water BottleGrapesCandy Bar, Cheese PringlesPizza for dinner, with a sodaIce creamcandy Day 3 Bowl of cereal, Dunkin Donuts coffeebananaCheese burger and fries, and a apple pie from McDonaldsSour candy, butter finger candy barGyros and cheese fries and a sodacandy As you can see I tried to keep up with a healthy diet but my schedule and me having a sweet tooth it’s not going to always work.
I started off every day correct but by the middle of the day I have to have them sweets. I know eating bad is not good for my health. It also makes my body vulnerable for many diseases such as obesity, and diabetes. On an average day, I will cook a healthy meal for my children, but not always. When I do cook a meal, I will most of the time cook a meat, starch, and have a choice of two vegetables. Sometimes, I cannot always do that though because of my work schedule, household duties, and schoolwork that I have to keep up with everyday.
I think that after completing the first exercise I learned how to mix it up. I try to mix up my eating, so if I cook or eat something that is not good for me, I will follow up with something that I know is. For example if I eat pancakes with maple syrup in the morning for breakfast, I will also eat a bowl of fruit to balance out my eating. If I eat some cake or snacks before eating dinner I learned to also have some healthy vegetables or what I am trying now a salad in between there to help balance it out. Eating healthy is something hard to try especially after a person has been one way their entire life.
Change cannot happen overnight, but I learned my problem and I am working on it. I still have many problems in my eating habits that are not healthy but I made that will help me balance it out. I try to choose wisely from the main food groups, but eating on the go most of your day will not always allow for me to do that. I think the most important part of this assignment was to learn my bad problems, and I have. It might take a little bit of time to change my whole eating pattern but I know it can be fixed.