Friday, September 9, 2011

Reflections...

Through this PT, I really learnt more about my diet and food composition! Since young, everyone has been talking about the food pyramid and how it affects us. However, the food pyramid is only one way of judging how healthy one's diet is. For example, the food pyramid states that we need at least 5 to 7 servings of rice or alternatives, mainly suppliers of carbohydrates. However, how much is a serving is subjective and as I have learnt, this may not be true for certain people. For example, a child would need more protein and calcium for their bones and body to be stronger, but perhaps an athlete would need more carbohydrates and protein, because that would help boost his performance when he is doing rigorous exercise.

I think that the tools I used for the PT were very useful, because it gave a more accurate reading on what and how much of everything I am consuming on average, which is more accurate than using the food pyramid. Also, it is more specific because it lists out things such as the amount of sodium, carbohydrates and dietary fibres I consume. It would help me to improve my diet because it tells me specifically which types of components I should cut down on and which to increase. So from now on, I know that I have to cut down on the salt intake and on salty food and eat more fruits and vegetables. ^^

I think overall, I eat rather healthily, just not enough. xD The percentages shown state that though I am obtaining sufficient amounts of energy I require daily, I am lacking slightly in the fats content. :P Though I don't really intend to increase in that. The calculations are not accurate, because of the estimations in portion sizes and also, the options are SEVERELY limited, so I only picked those that were closest to the item I ate. :P

Besides eating habits, it is also very important to have a healthy lifestyle! We must have sufficient exercise and must not drink, smoke and have sufficient sleep! (So cut down on late nights spent on PTs and AAs! ><)

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