Standard American Diet

An example of a typical eating day on the Standard American Diet:

  • Breakfast: muffin, coffee, orange juice
  • Snack: bagel and cream cheese
  • Lunch: meat sandwich with chips and sugared drink or fast food burger with fries and sugared drink
  • Snack: candy bar or anything that can be found in a vending machine
  • Dinner: meat, potatoes, bread, butter, maybe a vegetable
  • Dessert: ice cream or pastry


If you were to list the factors that increase the risk of cancer, heart – the standard American diet has them all:

  • High in animal fats
  • High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
  • Low in fiber
  • High in processed foods
  • Low in complex carbohydrates
  • Low in plant-based foods


The striking fact is that cultures that eat the reverse of the standard American diet – low fat, high in complex carbohydrates, plant-based, and high in fiber – have a lower incidence of cancer and coronary artery disease (CAD). What’s even more sad is that countries whose populations can afford to eat the healthiest disease-preventing foods don’t. The United States has spent more money on cancer research than any country in the world, yet the American diet  contributes to the very diseases we are spending money to prevent.


Work with me for 6 months as your Health Coach and let’s start crowding out these bad foods and add the foods that will increase your health and life span.

You can also go to my health coaching website to see what my schooling background is:


Rhonda Liebig

RL Personal Trainer& Health Coach



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