Monday, January 25, 2010

Food Pyramid

This is the new and improved Food pyramid! Just thought it might help with with our new, overweight world. Get healthy! The orange part represents grains, which you should have 6 oz. of daily. Half of the grains you eat should be whole grains. The green is for vegetables, which your body needs 2.5 cups of daily. The red bar represents varying fruits. 2 cups daily is sufficient, but go easy on the fruit juices. It's not the same. The little bitty yellow line basically, is oils. There's not a set amount for how much you need daily because you really don't need much AT ALL! Most of the oils and fats you eat should come from nuts, fish, and veggie fats (which are good fats). The light blue part represents milk: low-fat or non-fat milk. You need at least 3 cups daily. It's easiest to just drink a large glass of milk with every meal. And lastly, the dark blue/purple bar. It represents meat and beans. Notice how it's not a very large bar. hmmm. I tend to be more of a carnivore than a fruit eater. Whoops! :) Anyway, you need about 5.5 oz. daily. The meats should consist of lean meats and seafood. Avoid frying you meats unless you want that to be your only intake of oils for the day.
And remember, no matter what food you eat, your putting calories in your body. Some calories are good for you and are needed by your body and some are unnecessary and bad for you. But no matter what kind they are, if you're not exercising to balance the intake out, you can expect some weight gain. Adults need at least 30 min. of physical activity most days and children need up to an hour most days. A good tip to know if your activity is strenuous enough: if you can hold a normal conversation, it's not. If you can't say more than 3 or 4 word at a time without running
out of breath then you're doing great!
Have fun getting healthy!

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