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Food Is Your Fuel!

If you want a car engine to run properly you give it gas, oil and other fluids. Well, food is the fuel for your body's engine.

You need lots of carbs to keep your motor running, and also to power the brain so you are able to concentrate on the task you are doing.

You also need fruits and veggies, protein, and fat (yes, fat) to make the body run properly.

Start looking at food labels to see what you are eating. Look for items with low fat and sodium content. Food with carbs that contain FIBER are generally good for you. Only fruits and fruit juices should have lots of sugar. Foods with lots of protein and low fat are also good. If the food has vitamins and minerals that is plus as well.

Limiting the amount of high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils is also good to maintaining a well balanced diet.

Here are the USDA Recommendations for how many servings you need daily based on your age, height, weight, gender, and activity level. Plus, you can track your meals you eat to see if you are over or under your recommended total calories and serving sizes for each of the food groups.

Whole wheat bread -- Whole wheat bagels -- Whole wheat english muffins -- Whole wheat tortillas -- Brown rice -- Whole wheat pasta

Whole grain cereals: Grape nuts, Wheaties -- Oatmeal -- Whole wheat pita bread -- Couscous --Trisquits, Wheat thins -- Beans

Fruit: Watermelon -- Grapefruit -- Kiwi -- Canteloupe -- Raisins -- Banana --Grapes -- Orange -- Pear -- Peach -- Berries -- Apple

Veggies: Sweet and regular potatoes -- Spinach -- Carrots -- Corn -- Broccoli -- Peas -- Green, red, yellow, orange peppers, Darker, green lettuce -- Green Beans

Protein: Chicken -- Turkey -- Lean beef -- Lean Pork -- Tuna -- Eggs -- Cheese -- Beans -- Nuts -- Milk -- Whole wheat/grain breads and cereals

Good Fat: Nuts -- Avocado -- Olive oil -- Fish - Salmon -- Lowfat milk -- Lowfat yogurt -- Lowfat cheese -- Cottage cheese -- Red meat in small portions