March 31, 2013
Nutrition has always been a big part of my life even prior to becoming a nurse. On a daily basis I am using nutrition in some way or another to teach my patients or learn something about myself. I usually follow the latest nutritional news because and I am a firm believer that diet is key in health and healing.NS325 has been a very useful and knowledgeable course because I can personally relate to it and can apply much of the information learned to my own life and career. The Diet Analysis project was wonderful because it gave me a first hand look at my own diet habits.
My actual intakes of the different food groups were somewhat near what the "My Pyramid" had recommended. I was within range for grains, vegetables and fruits ("My pyramid tracker," ). There is not enough dairy or specifically milk in my diet. It is evident that from this evaluation that I am eating appropriately from the food groups except dairy. I will need to adjust my diet so that I will consume more milk less carbohydrates and fats. I live the typical American diet and I generally eat meat at least 2 meals a day.
One thing I will consider is eating smaller portions of carbohydrates, and will substitute vegetables when available. I also need to cut back on junk foods, high fat foods such as peanut butter and ice creams. I mainly consume these higher calorie and fat foods because of their convenience, but I can easily substitute fruit for unhealthy snacks.
Nutritional charting shows my diet is high in vitamin A B6, B12, copper, iron, potassium, low in C D, E calcium, magnesium, manganese niacin phosphorous and riboflavin selenium sodium, thiamin and zinc. cholesterol no RDA but actual intake is 185.16 mg.
2459 is the calorie count that is recommended for me and I have logged an average consumption of 1987. In order to maintain weight the required caloric intake is...