A Simple Diet Plan

You wanted to see how real people living in the 21st century would do on the simple diet plan.Everybody needs a balanced diet. Calorie Count does not tell you what to eat, but it's still in your best interest to eat a balanced diet For every calorie level, there is a best amount of food to eat from each of the food groups.

You own it to yourself to know which foods and how much each make up a balanced diet for you.If you keep food logs, which is a good idea, count your daily servings from the food groups for days past. Does your diet need improvement?

* What are the food groups?

Grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat & beans, oils, discretionary calories

* How many servings from each food group do YOU need?

I need 1500 calories a day, and so that's 1.5 cups of fruit, 2 cups of vegetables, 5 oz of grain, 4 oz of meat/beans, 3 cups of milk, 4 teaspoons of oil, and about 150 discretionary calories. Notice how I fudged it a bit because I'm between calorie levels.

* Which foods are in each group?

Fish = meat/beans,

eggs = meat/beans,

cheese = milk,

pasta = grain,

tortilla = grain,

wine = discretionary calories,

yogurt = milk,

salad = vegetable,

peanut butter = meat/beans

* What constitutes one serving of different foods?

Fish = 1 ounce cooked,

eggs = 1,

cheese = 1.5 ounces,

pasta = 1/2 cup cooked,

tortilla = 6" diameter,

wine = any amount,

yogurt = 1 cup,

salad = 2 cups,

peanut butter = 1 tbsp