BEHAVIOUR CHANGE TASK
Refection piece using John’s Model for Structured Reflection (3) Description of experience
The aim of the behaviour change was to follow the recommended diet for a pregnant woman and ensure all essential micronutrients were being consumed, paying particular attention to folate, iron and calcium. (2) Reflection
I decided to tackle this by eating as I usually eat, but eliminate food items which have been deemed unsafe for pregnant women. I chose this tact as I believed my diet was meeting my requirements for both macro and micronutrients and was closely aligned with recommended servings in The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. (1) Upon reflection of the first day’s food record, I saw that my diet was inadequate. I was not meeting the serving suggestions for most of the food groups and I was lacking in calcium and iron. So, the next day I concentrated on hitting the targets for calcium and iron. It was a full day of classes at University, so I had to make sure I ate a lunch that was rich in iron and had servings from the required food groups.(1) Usually when I have a full day at University, I’ll have a large breakfast at home and if I do eat between classes, it will be a piece of fruit. I chose a lamb and lentil curry, which is high in iron and also contains calcium. After eating I felt very full and did not enjoy the meal. By dinner time I was still full and not looking forward to dinner, but knew that there were still nutrients I needed to consume and food groups I had to have serves from. Before bed that day I felt very uncomfortable as if I had eaten far too much food. But everything I ate was in line with The Australian Guide to Healthy(1) eating as well as the Nutrient Reference Values set out in Australian guidelines for pregnant women.(2) On Friday I woke early in the morning for work and had a family wedding in the evening. I was unable to eat anything for most of that day as it was so busy. For the first...
References: (1) Australian Government, Department of Health. Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. Canberra, Australia 2014. Available from: http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au.
(2) Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand www.nrv.gov.au/Nutrients.
(3) J, Graham. C, Johns. Using a Reflective Model of Nursing and Guided Reflection. 1996; 11(2): 34-38.
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