Thursday, November 5, 2009

How much can you eat?

I just stumbled across this today and took a good look at it for the first time in many years. It's the food guide pyramid and I haven't seen it for a while because I don't eat cereal for breakfast anymore, so I no longer have a box to read in the mornings.

OK, so here's my question: who eats that much?!? Granted, "serving" is not defined, so maybe it's a small amount. But if it's a natural amount (i.e. a slice of bread, a medium sized bowl of cereal, an apple, an egg), does anyone really eat this much in day? It seems like a lot to me, by pretty much any standard -- I mean, we're only talking about 3 meals and maybe a snack in a day here, so where is all this food supposed to be consumed? And is the pasta lobby really that powerful? ;-D

I think I like this one better -- it includes staples left off of the official pyramid, like seasonings and "accompaniments" (wine and tea are in the picture!), and recognizes that there are good and bad fats. It also deals in proportions rather than servings, which seems much more reasonable to me.


Julie L said...

You really really really don't want to eat that much grain. Not unless you want to weigh 300 lbs and have diabetes. Just sayin'

Buck said...

How much can I eat? Believe me, you don't even want to know.

It is the serving sizes that tell the tale. 8 peanuts is probably considered a serving so yeah. I can pretty much eat a weeks worth of peanuts in a couple of minutes.

For the last 3 months or so I have had my protein shake in the morning. It includes some flaxseed oil and something called "Life's Greens". I throw in a banana and an apple. Usually about 6-8 ozs of fat free milk.

For lunch I will have one of those things they call "Steamers". Healthy choice crap. You know what I am talking about.

At night I try to get by on nothing at all. Sometimes I break down and eat a sandwich of some kind.

That is my life through the week. On Sunday's I go to my mama's house and me and the siblings eat whatever in the hell we want in whatever quantity we want.

By doing the above I have lost 1.5 pounds in the last 3 months. But to hell with it. I am 51 years old. I absolutely refuse to give us eating at Mama's on Sunday. The rest of the week can suck and I can live with that. And at this rate I should reach my goal weight when I am in my late eighties :-)

Keera said...

Depends on the grain, Julie. The irony is that Norwegians, who traditionally ate bread (which is a natural food in this part of the world) with three of their four meals, and potatoes with the fourth (one hot meal a day, IOW), nevertheless were among the skinniest people in Europe - until they started eating more processed foods - and non-traditional grain foods like pasta.

Another Alice has definitions of what a serving is. For example, for veggies, it's a 1/2 cup, and for bread, 1 slice.

The problem with our diets today isn't that the carbs; it's the lack of whole, unprocessed foods, whether it be grains, fats, or meats, and the amounts we eat in general. And so I agree with Alice: The second food pyramid makes a lot of sense as a guideline for healthy eating in today's world.

alice said...

Buck, it sounds to me like you're not eating nearly enough and your body is hoarding what little it gets. If you don't feed your body the things it wants, your metabolism can slow down and then the weight loss stops. I've run into that a few times in the past year. You're beautiful, Buck, and you shouldn't be starving yourself.

Keera, yes, yes, yes -- I spent much of my adult life attempting to lose weight by cutting calories or carbs or whathaveyou, and the weight never melted off as easily as it has since I cut out the processed foods. I used to buy premium bread, with an ingredient list as long as my arm. Now, I eat bread that I make myself, out of five ingredients: whole wheat flour, water, yeast, honey and olive oil. I genuinely enjoy making it and I love knowing what's in my food. (And I never come close to eating 11 servings of grains in a day!)

Keera said...

Alice, that sounds like truly tasty bread! And nutritious. I've read that with all the processed foods, we are becoming overfed, overweight, but starving people, because there is no true nutrition in what we eat.

alice said...

Yes, this is the true curse of fast food. Lots of fat and chemicals and calories, but there's no real food in there! The poor in this country are certainly wasting away, but they sure don't look like it.

When I go to the grocery store, I start out in produce (that's where I fill my cart!), swing down the aisles with the flours and rices and beans and spices, and then skip all the way over to the other side of the store to the dairy section, where I get some cottage cheese and (plain!) yogurt. Past the cereals and crackers and bread, past the snacks and cookies, past the convenience "food", definitely past all the frozen stuff (except for the occasional frozen veggie) -- past all that supposedly "value-added" stuff, because what's added is not what my body wants -- all they're really adding is just profits and packaging.

It takes some extra time for me to get food on the table, but I'm lucky -- I like spending my time that way. If people are around, they tend to keep me company and we chat while I rustle about, or I can always turn on some music or flip on the TV (well, I'm currently without cable, so that's limited at the moment) while I cook. Sometimes I just enjoy the quiet while I mix my potions. All things considered, it's a pleasant way to spend an evening.

Keera said...

When I finally get around to cooking, I find the experience a complete joy. There's something about the various ingredients, organizing them, working methodically through preparation, and then the smell of a meal to be. I used to experiment on Friday evenings, and it was a lovely way to end the week, but tend now to feel too tired for that. I do miss it, though. Now I hope for energy on Saturdays instead. :-)