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You probably want to live a long and healthy life on this earth. What are you willing to do
to make that possible? Here is an assignment that can improve the quality of what you
eat, and hence, the quality of your life. Let us develop the rudiments of a maintenance
diet for you—a desirable, workable, realistic, non-faddish maintenance diet—one you
follow permanently. You have 4 reference sources:
Your textbook’s chapter on biomolecules; how they are built and used

The Bible’s many prescriptive texts regarding nutrition (ignore “descriptive” texts)
Trustworthy sources such as: httpss://

The foods you select will contain classes of biomolecules: carbohydrates, lipids,
proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins, and minerals. Use the following procedure to build
your diet.
For your Thread


Go to the Mayo Clinic web site: httpss:// In the “Search” box at
the top of the page, type the phrase: "Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid" and click on the
link to this program.
Record the suggested serving numbers to give quantitative values to the categories
you will build your diet around.
List the pyramid categories in this order: “Vegetables,” “Fruits,” “ Carbohydrates,”
“Proteins,” “Fats,” and “Sweets” (also listing your serving numbers beside each category).
Now list 8 separate specific foods that are well known to be high in each category
and that you would eat. Do not reuse any food under a second category. You will thus select
48 foods for your diet: not a huge variety, but it’s a start! “ Leafy greens” or “seafood” are
food categories, not specific foods.
Along with your 6 lists of 8 foods, you may submit up to 2 prescriptive Bible passages
that you feel most constrain your thinking on these things.
Your goal is always to improve your own list. Include about 54 words for your diet (6
headings + 48 foods) with space left over for 2 Bible verses (for a total of 100 words).