The Food Plate...just seems to add to my confusion over food

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tonight I spent a little time looking at the government's site for the new food plate plan information.

The initial information posted as GENERAL recommendations seemed pretty sound, advice solid and sensible. According to that preamble, all looked fine. But then I got into the details for a 5' tall woman my age... and even checked other calorie allocation. Yikes, according to the food plate's listings, the portions my RD allotted for protein are too much. Gotta admit, that part is nice, since I'm so not into eating as much as she wants me to eat....

And... the vegetables? Well. Look* at their recommendations below and see what you think. Maybe they mean a 'minimum'??

So at this point things are getting even more confusing when I try to think of what I can or should eat...since I don't even really CARE about eating. Would be easier if all recommendations were in sync.

According to the recommendations an inactive 61-year-old woman should eat 1,600 calories per day. No way do I know how to eat that much on a daily basis. I struggle to get to 1,200. Ok. But. But I then looked at were for 1,200. And. Heck. Maybe I should just try it?

Fruit - 1 cup

veg: 1 cup

Grains: 3 oz (half of that whole- and half other)

Lean Meat or beans: 2 oz (TWO OZ??? Ok... this is way below recommendations!)

Milk: 2 cups

oils: 1.5 grams (non-trans)

discretionary calories: 165, if desired.


Seems to me this is too low on veggies. Time for me to re-visit the dietician and figure out why I am so paranoid over food, why I don't LIKE eating. I think it's because eating now just seems like a big problem that I do not want to even face. Easier to just drink coffee and forget food. But something tells me that's not too healthy so I do keep trying.

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  • L*I*T*A*
    thanks for bringing that to our awareness........
    will have it check this out too....
    blessings and hugs......lita
    2506 days ago
    Hey Carol I am only 5ft Tall as well.... my favorite saying is "They don't make diamonds as big a bricks" stand tall and be proud.... emoticon
    2506 days ago
    I haven't looked that close but I think you are right - this is confusing.
    2506 days ago
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