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February 7, 2013

Are you a typical American? Why are we eating so much?

The average American consumes around 4000 calories a day and counting! That’s anywhere from 1500 to 2500 more calories than the average man or woman really needs (children and athletes have different needs).

Translation: 3500 calories is equivalent to one pound. If you’re an “average American”, you could be eating anywhere from 12 to 15 excess pounds every month, adding fat to your body, increasing the pressure on your heart, and stressing your organs (not to mention the environmental impact of all this gluttony).

<strong>But why are we eating so much?</strong>

I decided to see what it would be like to eat the way the average American supposedly eats.

<strong>Breakfast: How about McDonald’s? That’s a typical choice for millions of Americans every day.</strong>

To be an average American, you need to eat at least 700 calories and up to 1300 calories at each setting. McDonald’s can help you with that. Another tip: it helps to drink your calories, so remember to wash it all down with a big slosh of soda or juice! Or a nice venti mocha will do the trick.

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January 27, 2013

Food choices and serving sizes

foodchoicesVEGETABLES

You can eat an unlimited amount of vegetables from the list below (use organic whenever possible). Your vegetable intake should be twice the amount of fruit intake.

Average serving size = ½ cup
No dried or canned vegetables; frozen OK
Fresh juices made from vegetables are also allowed
Most vegetables may be steamed for four minutes or stir fried over low heat; however, for best results, consume ½ of your vegetables raw. Fresh herbs and spices are optional

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