I was surprised to see the two categories I was lacking in: grains and dairy. I went into this thinking I had a fairly well balanced diet--heck, I have my oatmeal every morning (the equivalent of 2.5-3 grain servings)and eat at least one yogurt a day, sometimes two--just not enough servings on either for an entire day. So I also had to put a little more planning into things. And the number of calories the pyramid website listed seemed like a lot to me--2200 for me but that's to maintain, not to lose weight.<br><br>
Getting the required number of servings on the lean meat category was very easy, usually I went over. While I have not been following any specific diet plan for a long time, it made it seem like I was following more of a high protein type of diet than I realized. Not necessarily low carb though since I eat tons of fruits and veggies, just not as many grains as I probably should have. I shouldn't be too surprised on the grains though--we've cut out a lot of breads and things like rice just because it is so easy at dinner to over eat those things.<br><br>
I've also been tracking my water to try to get that up and the Diet Coke down, which earned me a lecture about the "evils" of Diet Coke when I told my trainer yesterday what I was working on diet-wise <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">.<br><br>
I actually started following the weight watchers point module 1 month ago (down 4.5 lbs) yesterday - this fit in very well w/ following the food pyramid.<br>
Anywho....I found that I was not eating nearly enough fiber. My water consumption is top notch - that's about all I drink and it's in excess of 100 oz / day. The other area I have to pay attention to is protein. I don't always get enought of that.
My diet was pretty horrible going into this - not a lot of junk food, but not a lot of fruits and vegetables. I have no problem with the grains, but the fruit and vegetable piece was a challenge for me b/c I would rather eat cheerios and crackers. I'm not a huge meat fan, so as an alternative I included more beans in my diet and I also tried this soy stuff from Morningstar that I used in tacos. I have a long way to go as far as eating properly goes.
I've actually gotten a lot better about fruits & veggies since trying to cut back on meat eating. I need to up the dairy, which surprised me. I'm pretty good with whole grains, I rarely eat anything "white" anymore but I need to branch out and try more of the ones that are gluten-free, like quinoa and millet. Otherwise, I didn't do too badly.
Well it was pretty much as expected. I had to work REALLY hard to get all my fruits and veggies in! Still working on it.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
I always knew I didn't eat enough fruits and veggies, but was surprised to find that I was also lacking enough dairy. I've started incorporating a veggie or two during dinner, an apple in the afternoon, and a yogurt in the morning.
My food pyramid was pretty disastrous. I'm good with water intake and dairy. Decent with fruits, veggies, and proteins. But horrible with carbs. I'm a real carboholic. No wonder I have a "fluffy" tummy, as my DH says. I need to do some radical revisions in my diet but I feel helpless to make such big changes.<br><br>
I know that I also overeat slightly, but I feel that's not as important as getting a better balance of the foods that I do eat.<br><br>
Veggies are my biggest challenge. I often get <i>some</i> in but not nearly enough. I worked hard to better plan lunches and dinners that would include more veggies and, for several meals, make them centerstage.
While following the food pyramid for the past week, I substituted veggies and fruits for when I would normally have some form of junk food (sweets and fat). I had to up my dairy many days. I cut back some on my meat servings since they tend to be too high. Grains and water were already pretty good, although I could still stand to add more whole grains.<br><br>
I'll try to keep up with the general proportional guidelines for a while longer, even though today's pyramid has already gotten top heavy and collapsed.
I am terrible about getting enough dairy. I just hate the thought of drinking milk, so I ate a lot of cheese! Also, I found it easy during the week, but the weekend does a job on my eating. I have a lot of work to do!
I too was eating a lot more than usual, even though I used their website to design a 1600 calorie a day diet. To meet all the dietary goals I tended to exceed 1600 calories handily.<br><br>
Strangely, I had trouble with grains and dairy most of all. I thought my bete noir would be the vegetables, since I usually don't get enough of those. I got plenty of veggies this week, but struggled to get the others.<br><br>
Overall, I had trouble hitting the serving goals. I'd always be off on at least one category per day -- usually under. It was an interesting experiment, and I had fun with it, but I think I do better with keeping just the food diary, rather than trying to be so regimented every day. I spent a little more time than I thought was healthy thinking about my meals.
I have to say that I don't drink milk at all although I do eat cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt but I can't have as much in a day as is recommended.<br>
I do use calcium enriched soymilk though and I take calcium supplements.<br>
I always eat whole grains but also find the amount of servings they recommend to be high. Not that I am being successful at losing weight but I saw a nutritionist last year and showed her a few weeks worth of food logs and she said I could cut carbs a bit more and I wasn't eating the recommended amount then. Note, she didn't say cut them OUT, just down.
I definitely do best when I write down what I eat. When I do that, I tend to make sure I eat the foods I need. That said, the areas I had trouble with last week were dairy and protein. I get most of my dairy from yogurt, but who wants to eat 3 a day? Some days I made fat free pudding from a mix (with skim milk) to get another dairy. I tend to sacrifice protein for carbs, too...just a weakness I have.<br><br>
Overall, I think my days averaged out about right. If I knew I was deficient in dairy one day, the next I'd try to "overdo" the dairy. What I learned is that it takes deliberate effort to eat a balanced diet.