Reflective Essay On Diet

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After taking this class and learning about healthy eating choices, one of the bigger aspects of my diet which I need to change is the types of carbohydrates I eat. We started taking diet logs as a class I realized that my diet was extremely unhealthy and one of my main daily food choices is simple carbs and most often “bad carbs”. This change in my diet will decrease the amount of food which have a lot of added fat and increase the nutrients my body receives. I first started noticing my diet was not a healthy one, when I saw my go to meal was a plain bagel with cream cheese. Although I did not originally think that meal choice was bad, after reading in the textbook I discovered it might be worse for me than I thought. “While there are a variety …show more content…
One popular fad diet is cutting down carbohydrates or cutting out carbohydrates completely. This diet however can decrease your healthiness based on the Health Dynamics book. “As our main source of energy, carbohydrates provide about 50 percent of our energy requirements. We get most of our carbohydrates from sugar and the starch in grains, vegetables, fruit, and a small portion from milk and dairy products” (101). This information made me reconsider once again how I could make healthier choices when I am eating. Before reading this book, I might have thought eating a lettuce wrap and not eating grains at all was a healthy choice, but now I realize although eating a lettuce wrap might help you lose weight, it is not the healthiest choice for your body. Since I rely on carbohydrates for almost half of my energy, cutting them out would not help. Instead I could choose more wisely the carbohydrates which make up my diet. I could eat a whole grain sandwich instead of a sandwich on white bread to keep the carbohydrates in my diet but also add nutrients while eating …show more content…
The GI is a scale which ranks carbohydrates base on how they effect blood sugar levels. It states that you should avoid the food high on the GI scale otherwise known as the “bad carbs” and eat more of the foods low on the GI scale or “good carbs”. But the book stated the GI scale was more complex than that, “Base your food choices primarily on overall nutrition – including vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Don’t dismiss healthy foods such as white potatoes just because they have a high GI. Their other nutritional benefits make them good choices” (103). This new information made me consider how much more complicated my diet choices were. The book seems to be saying that although many foods which are high GI scale are bad for you, there are foods where the amount of nutrients outweigh the fact that they cause high blood

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