Food Journal 1
Nutrition is extremely important in living a healthy lifestyle. Consuming the recommended minimum number of servings from each of the food groups is a crucial need for one’s bodies. Without it, an individual could not complete every day activities such as going to work, playing sports, or simply walking to and from the store. These day-to-day activities require one’s body to be in good physical health. One way to become physically fit is to exercise regularly and to eat the proper foods that give an individual the necessary daily nutrient intake. In this paper, I will compare and contrast my food intake for a full day to the recommended daily totals from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Website (CNPP). From my food journal analysis, I will determine if my current eating habit is healthy and if I am taking in the recommended calories for a day. In addition, this comparison should tell me what affect it will have on my future health and wellness.
According to the CNPP website, the recommended food energy or total calories for a person my age and weight is 2252 calories (USDA-CNPP-My Pyramid Tracker, 2008). In a one day food intake, I consumed 1,931 calories. I believe that my dietary intake needs some improvement. Sometimes, I have a lack of energy which is due to my improper eating habits. My nutrient intake was less than the recommended range. For example, my total fat intake nutrient was 92.7 and the recommended amount was 42.9 –75.1. I did not have enough intake of vitamin A and E, but I had a significant amount of vitamin C. Lastly, what stood out the most was my nutrients intake of sodium, which was about 4,000 above the recommended range.
The food pyramid analysis showed that I did not consume the recommended minimum number of servings from each of the food groups from the food pyramid. My grain intake was 3 ounces under what I should have for a balanced diet. My meat and bean intake was the closest to the recommended...