Food Diary Reflection

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As part of learning about nutrients and food, in health class, we kept a food diary. In this food diary we kept track of every thing we ate and then calculated the calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and fat amounts in each item that we consumed. Being able to see what all we have consumed allows us to know what we should be eating more of and what we are consuming too much of. I believe that this is a very good way to maintain a healthy and well-rounded diet. After looking at my food diary and seeing how I did, I think I could probably use more calories than I am getting. It is not that I am getting way too little calories, but I could probably use another thousand calories everyday to maintain my weight. If I were trying to lose weight I would need to eat the amount of calories I am currently eating, but since that is not the case I need to be eating more calories. I should be consuming about 2,500 calories a day. The total average of my calories eaten during out three day food diary was 1,468 calories, which is almost a thousand calories less than what I should be consuming. I do eat very healthy, I had a good balance of nutrients most days. Overall, I ate healthily, but I could most certainly use some more calories. One way that I can get more calories is by eating more proteins. I do get some proteins, but unfortunately I am not getting quite as many as I should. It is a little more difficult for me to get more proteins, just because I do not normally cook with meat and so therefore it puts a deficit in my intake of proteins. I think that for guys it is much easier to get the proper amount of proteins in their diets, because guys naturally eat more meat for muscle growth. I, on the other hand, have always been more of a veget... ... middle of paper ..., and when I am wanting noodles or another type of carbohydrate, trying to supplement that with protein instead. The last goal I have for myself is to watch my intake of fats. Fats are another essential part of a daily diet, but luckily for me, I normally end up eating just the right amount of fats. So, as the last step in my goal of maintaining a well-balanced diet and a healthy weight, I am going to try to make sure that my intake of fats will continue to be just the right amount. There are numerous ways to maintain a healthy life style, and this is just one of them. Keeping a food diary has been most beneficial and allowed me to see my need for more proteins and realize that carbohydrates are something that I need to continue to watch. I am going to be trying to watch the amount that I eat and what I am putting into my body, so that I can live a healthy life.
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