Having a proper balanced diet will help you feel good about yourself and help improve your overall health. Maintaining a balanced diet includes making a lifestyle change by eliminating bad foods from your daily intake and replacing them with the government recommended amount of fruits, grains, protein, dairy and vegetables. Learning how to identify, grow and purchase foods that are healthy for you can help you take steps toward living a long, healthy life.
To follow a balanced diet, you need to learn how to establish a menu that you can live with on a daily basis. The USDA notes that the average man between the ages of 31 and 50 should consume approximately 2,200 calories per day and a woman of average height and weight should consume around 1,800 calories while eating three to five small meals throughout the day.
The USDA recommends adults choose foods from each of the six food groups: vegetables, grains, milk, fruit, meat and beans, and oils. Daily consumption ranges between 2 to 3 cups for vegetables, 5 to 8 ounces for grains, 3 cups for milk, 1 1/2 to 2 cups for fruit, 5 to 6 1/2 ounces from the meat and beans group, and 5 to 7 tsps. of oil.