Healthy EatingHealthy Eating, Nutrition, and Exercise Plan
University of Phoenix
Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is extremely important for the body. When a person maintains a healthy diet, the body receives the proper nutrients that it needs to keep the body strong. Nutrients help the brain and nervous system, immune system, and it helps reduce the risk of heart disease and other non-infectious diseases. With a proper diet, a person must also exercise. Exercise is just as important as maintaining a proper diet. Regular exercise improves the quality of life. It can reduce stress; helps a person sleep better, and can help make you feel and look younger. The most important thing that exercise does is, it can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers.
During my first week of my nutrition class, the instructor asked me to participate in a three-day diet analysis. I was to keep track of all of the foods that I had consumed in those three days. At the end of the three days, I had realized that I was nowhere near of having a proper diet. I was eating food that was high in sodium and low in dairy, fruit, vegetables, and grain. I also noticed that I was eating a lot empty calories. I just recently took another three-day analysis and the only difference that I noticed was that my calorie intake was much lower than the previous analysis and I am eating less during each meal. I am still nowhere near consuming the proper amount of each of the food groups. Not eating enough of the nutrients from the major food groups is just as bad as eating too much. After taking the analysis, both times I know I need to focus on eating regularly and incorporating all of the food groups within each meal.
I also kept track of my physical activity for a three-day period. My exercise routine is good. One of my goals was to exercise for a total of 180 minutes per week, and my actual was 195 minutes in just the three-day period. Even...