|Ah, the Food Pyramid|
Lifestyle, I think that is a factor that a lot of people leave out when considering eating healthy, exercising and dieting. I know that I forget to think about it. The perfect lifestyle would include multiple hours a day to run, lift weights, prepare fresh food from a garden and eating REAL food. Sadly, we don't all have that, and if you do consider yourself lucky! I have the issue of living in a dorm with no stove and I am at the whim of the cafeteria for what my meals will be. Let me tell you they don't pick the healthiest food, they pick the quickest food.
Going back to the Food Pyramid I see that I usually am missing out on a couple servings in each category, which is unacceptable. The funny thing is that my school had an Academic Symposium on food and healthy lifestyles last year, yet it is still difficult to live the way they recommended. So I decided that I am going to attempt to come up with a "cookbook" of sorts to help out anyone interested, but mostly college students. It will take a while, and any additions will be added to the list with the contributor cited, but I want to find a way for money and time strapped people have healthier foods.
Before I end this post, I wanted to link to a book that I did read last year that got me more interested in health and food. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. I would recommend picking up this book if interested in how food has become unhealthier, and the western lifestyle has made food not really food. It is a quick read, and you won't regret it!