What's missing from my diet?
February 18, 2012 8:16 PM Subscribe
I'm 20, and have since at least Middle School been living off of graham crackers, peanut butter, and milk. Tell me what's wrong with my diet and how to fix it.
posted by anonymous to Food & Drink (45 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Graham crackers give me whole wheat and carbohydrates; peanut butter, fat and proteins; milk, protein and carbohydrates. I performed pretty well in High School athletics (lettered), that said I'm about 6'1" and 120 lbs.
The secondary foods I eat are cereal and poptarts (when I randomly have breakfast, or a late night snack), and pancakes and french toast (when I randomly eat out).
I admit there's something psychological going on. I'm not precisely afraid of new food itself, as every so often I'll try something new, but the vast majority of foods that I'm deathly afraid to try is because there is something prior to their actual taste that is incredibly and overpoweringly off-putting: look, smell, consistency, and so forth.
My first question: What are the most important nutrients that I'm currently missing, and how bad is my current diet?
My second question: Will I make it past forty, or sixty like this? When I did athletics, I felt a physical limit, and I currently fill that my mind is limited. Is this related to a poor diet, or do we all naturally hit some sort of limit that either can't be overcome or can only be overcome through harsher practice?
My third question: Any suggestions for good sources of nutrients that might not be so offensive to my senses that can supplement the things I'm missing?