So You Want to Start Eating Healthfully?
The result: many Americans eat significantly more than they need in order to fulfill their daily nutritional requirements. For instance, a serving of pasta according to the food guide pyramid is a cup of cooked pasta, the "serving size" on the box is 2 ounces dry -- which is only about one cup cooked (3 food guide pyramid servings).
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Keep a nutrition diary to see what you are really eating and drinking (this includes the bite-of-this and hand-full-of-that). Discuss any nutritional changes with your doctor or a registered dietician, because nutritional needs vary depending upon your age and any medical conditions you may have. Now it is time to implement the plan. Remember you only do things that are reinforcing and you have to be uncomfortable in order to make a change. List all of the reasons you do and do not want to eat more healthfully. For all the reasons you do not want to change, consider whether they are realistic. For instance, you do not want to give up all of your favorite foods.
Most dieticians will tell you to avoid eliminating any food unless it could cause you great bodily harm. Everything else can be eaten in moderation. Use salad plates instead of dinner plates. Measure/weigh things until you get the hang of serving sizes. Consider your personality. If you are perceiving (remember the personality inventory at www.keirsey.com) do not try to set up rigid menus. Instead create an index card for every serving, after you eat a serving put the index card into a "finished" basket. When all the cards are in the "finished" basket, you have met your daily requirements. If you prefer more structure (Judgers) try visiting www.cyberdiet.com to create a menu, find one in a book you like, or hire a nutritional consultant.
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