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The 1995 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Eat a variety of foods.
I’m really bad in this area. I usually eat the same things every day. I eat
sandwiches for lunch and pizza for dinner. I need to implement a variety of foods into my

Balance the food you eat with physical activity - maintain or improve your weight.
I’m even worse in this area. Ever since I came to school, my physical activity has
been limited to Fit/Well class. I really need to start doing some exercise. My weight
right now isn’t too bad, but at this rate I’ll be really fat by the time I

Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits.
I do fine in the grain products, but my fruits and vegetables are lacking.
Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
Fat intake should not exceed 30% of your total kcal intake. I average 36%. So, I need to
cut down on my fats. Cholesterol intake should not exceed 300 mg per day. I averaged
283. I’m good with my cholesterol.

Choose a diet moderate in sugars.
I don’t eat any sweets. Actually, besides pop, I don’t eat anything sweet, so I’m alright here.
Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
Sodium intake should not exceed 2400 mg per day. I average 1634 mg per day, so I’m pretty good here.

If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
I don’t drink alcohol, so I shouldn’t have any problems here.

Food Guide Pyramid
The bread, cereal, rice, and pasta group recommends 6-11 servings per day. I averaged
11.5 servings. I’d say I’m pretty close in that group. I could eat a little
less there. The fruit group recommends 2-4 servings. I averaged 1.8 servings per day. I
should definitely eat more fruits. The vegetable group recommends 3-5 servings. I
averaged 1.7 servings per day. I need to eat more vegetables. The milk, yogurt, and
cheese group recommends 2-3 servings per day. I averaged 6.7 servings per day. I need to
cut down on my milk and cheese. The meat, poultry, dry beans, eggs, and nuts group
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