On my quest to discover what “healthy” looks like, I’m using this model as a standard so I can figure out what areas of my diet need improvement and determine if I’m giving myself the best and most balanced amount of nutrients. I’m hoping to learn as I go and discover new “healthy” foods that are surprisingly delicious along the way.
So according to USDA, women ages 19-30 who get less than 30 minutes of exercise per day should eat the following daily:
- 2 cups of fruit
- 2.5 cups of vegetables
- 6 ounces of grains, at least 3 of which should be whole grains
- 5.5 ounces of protein equivalents
- 3 cups of dairy
- 6 teaspoons of oil
*Now for the record, I do try to exercise at least three times per week or more whether it be yoga, swimming, jogging, free weights, etc. But for the next month or so I want to hyper focus on food and then maybe later try to figure out the exercising piece of the puzzle.
To figure out what is recommended for your body based on your age and gender visit www.choosemyplate.gov