I Am What I Eat Essay
Dr. Simyka M. Carlton
March 4, 2012
You are what you eat. If that is true, then I am a walking dairy product. Lack of balance in nutrition creates a lack of balance in the body. Stress, income, convenience, lifetime habits, and other factors all influence what and how we eat. This in turn affects our ability to function physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our brains and bodies are sensitive to what nutrients are consumed in our diet. When a can of soda is consumed, our blood sugar rises, causing a spike in the reaction of the pancreas which releases insulin. This will drop the blood sugar, causing a release of adrenaline. The chain reactions in our bodies created by what we …show more content…
My children are grown and I live alone. Motivation to prepare healthy meals is low. I find I eat for convenience, controlling my blood sugar over any other motivation. This leads me to choose foods for their protein and carbohydrate levels rather than fruit and vegetable content. Once my blood sugar is stabilized I stop eating, unless I am stressed. I consume large quantities of milk products. According to the MyPyramid Tracker I consume nearly double what my daily requirements of dairy products are. Dairy products are a good source of calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein. Nevertheless, when over consumption of a good thing overshadows other nutrients the result is still an imbalance and poor nutritional intake. MyPyramid Tracker also indicated my sodium intake is higher than I anticipated. Sodium levels are more than just adding salt to a recipe or food when cooking. Many sauces and seasonings as well as canned and prepared foods add sodium without being noticed.
MyPyramid Tracker showed me how items like the canned turkey chili (even though low-fat), cheeses, and even dairy products I consume add excessive levels of sodium to my