Nutrition Plan

Nutrition Plan
Kisha K. Parker
Professor Wallace
March 29, 2010
There has always been a need for me to focus on my nutrition. I was always the big girl growing up but I wasn’t taught the importance of a healthy diet. Looking back, the things that I was putting in my body were ridiculous. Constantly eating fried foods and a wide variety of junk foods was the norm for many years. Diabetes run in my family but it wasn’t a subject that we really talked about. I wasn’t aware of the dangers of Diabetes or the steps for prevention.
Over the years my weight sky rocketed out of control. Personal issues and bad habits help to contribute to my undisciplined behavior, not to mention my two pregnancies. By the time I became an adult, I knew the importance of eating right but it’s hard to do. In addition to my family history, I developed Sleep Apnea. In November 2007, I had gastric bypass surgery. I was extremely overweight at 320 pounds. I opted for the surgery because of my health issues. I am now 230 pounds. Post surgery, I was determined to get this weight off of me but it is hard to maintain. The surgery really helped me but there is a need for serious modifications in my diet.
Doing the healthy eating plan in week one required me to focus on the food pyramid to gather data for what was needed for healthy living. My customized food pyramid recommends that I d have a total of 6 ounces of grain, with 3 ounces being whole grain. Examples of grains would be: white flour, cornmeal, white bread, white rice, and crackers. Examples of whole grain would be: brown rice, oatmeal, popcorn, whole wheat bread, and whole wheat crackers. I should have 2 and a half cups of vegetables daily including: 3 cups of dark green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, and romaine lettuce), 2 cups of orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash), 3 cups of dry beans and peas (black-eyed peas, kidney beans, and pinto beans), 3 cups of starchy vegetables (corn, green...