I recently completed an online health assessment that was offered through our health insurance plan. It had questions about my health history, exercise habits, and diet. At one point, I had to figure out what I ate. The assessment approached the serving size concept in a way that was new to me. Instead of asking how many servings of fruits and vegetables I ate each day, the question was how many cups of each I consumed. I didn't know, but I gave it my best shot.
MyPlate, which emphasizes "whole" foods. According to the model plate, my diet should be 30 percent grains, 30 percent vegetables, 20 percent fruits and 20 percent protein, and a small portion of dairy. Another Website, Fruit and Veggies Matter, suggested that women in my age bracket should eat 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day, and 1 1/2-2 cups of fruit.
I think I have a pretty good diet, and have the guidelines covered, but I thought I'd see just how I was doing. Yesterday I was making my lunch for work. After putting some leftover roast beef, a muffin, and grapes in my bag I cut up some broccoli, then used a measuring cup to see how much was there. It was substantially less than I would have guessed; my portion wasn't a real serving! I got out two small carrots and cut them up too. When I was done the vegetables almost filled a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. Other than the times I've had a main dish salad, I don't think I've ever had that many vegetables with a meal.
At lunchtime, I started with the vegetables, which really filled me up. Instead of getting hungry two hours later, I was able to make it until the end of my shift without feeling familshed. That's a good thing; I hate to talk to customers when my stomach is growling!