According to Inspiration Green, the average American consumes just shy of a TON of food per year. ONE TON. To riff on a popular song, it’s all about that base, but the one I’m talking about isn’t even close to being “perfect from the bottom to the top”.
Think about the core components that make up the TON of food you eat each year. We’re creatures of habit, addicted to convenience. Monday Meatloaf, Taco Tuesday, Pizza Night…you get the picture. Once you break those items down into ingredients, you’ll see that out of the thousands of possible healthy (or unhealthy) choices, the average person only eats a small number of foods, but in seriously large quantities. Don’t believe me?
What the Average American Eats Annually
The average American is 36.6 years old and eats 1,996.3 lbs. of food per year – an average of 2,700 calories each day.
29 lbs. of French fries
23 lbs. of pizza
24 lbs. of ice cream
53 gallons of soda each year, averaging about one gallon each week!
24 lbs. of artificial sweeteners each year
2.736 lbs. of sodium, which is 47 % more than recommended
0.2 lbs. of caffeine each year, about 90,700 mg
It’s important to eat a diet that’s based around whole, unprocessed foods. Think of it in the form of color, variety and freshness. When you’re shopping, skip the aisles and do just the perimeter – that’s where you’ll find the healthiest choices. Choose fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables – they’re nutrient rich and low in calories. Look for good quality proteins like those found in beans, lean meats, and fish and supplement with healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and nuts. You should also drink lots of water each day – up to 128 ounces.
Remember – you’re trying to expand the number of foods in your base – don’t be afraid to try things you’ve never had before – you might be pleasantly surprised! Every positive change you make in your diet takes you one step closer to your goal.