Friday, February 10, 2012

What's To Eat?

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.

I wondered where they'd come up with the "cup" concept, so I did some research.  Last year the food pyramid I've been used to seeing gave way to a new model, 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!


  1. I should try actually measuring my veggies. I feel like I eat a good amount (when I eat them), but I may not actually be getting a serving when I eat them.

    I started putting spinach into my smoothies - which is a serving of veggies and fruits (with the banana). Can't taste the spinach, but it makes me feel better that I am getting the veggies.

  2. Gracious! That is a lot of veggies! Wow!

  3. I think we're doing pretty well in Hawaii since my mother cooks mostly veggies.

  4. Interesting! Seems like they change that food pyramid every few years, doesn't it?

  5. sounds like you will be eating more vegetables from now on, very healthy!

  6. I love this site. Just linked it on Twitter this morning. We have shifted over the past few years to a plant based diet. Oh, we still have some meat, but certainly not every day, more like two or three times a week. I think both of us are much healthier for this.