If you and your friend have been trying out new ways of eating, and your results just don’t add up to hers or his, you may have to personalize your diet. Good news: you don’t need a certified nutritionist anymore. There is a website that has all the information and helps you do all the planning.
Go to http://www.mypyramid.gov. This website provides basic information about the food groups people’s diet should consist of, as well as an exhaustive list of specific products from each group. There is a tool for analyzing your current diet in terms of food intake and activity. This is a great way to evaluate where you stand. The site provides you with specific amounts and percentages of all the nutrients of the foods you consumed and entered. My Pyramid has an exhaustive list of different food and meals you can choose from to create this analysis. Included are the dietary guidelines and recommended doses so you immediately see where your strengths and weaknesses are.
Next you create your personalized pyramid plan based on your age, gender, height, weight, and activity level. This tool helps you figure out how many of what kind of calories you should be eating. The needs will be different for a sedentary clerk type of a person and a rock climbing gym instructor. The menu planner helps you keep track of your meals and suggests new food combinations.
My Pyramid has a section designed for specific audiences such as preschoolers, kids, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women. The site also describes in detail the different kinds of foods. Did you know there are 4 different kinds of veggies? They are dark green, orange, dry beans and peas, and starchy vegetables. If you are a teacher or would like to teach your own children, the site has many resources in the forms of posters, worksheets and games.
In conjunction with My Pyramid, you may want to go to http://www.caloriesperhour.com . This is an amazing site where you click on calories burned calculator and choose from literally hundreds of activities to figure out your daily calorie burn. The activities are not limited to sports and gym work-outs, they include house chores, child rearing, various hobbies, and even talking!
These two sites and a little bit of time and effort are all you need to start a better living and most importantly - become healthier and more active.