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Research Paper:  Diet Analysis Assignment

COH 317

September 2nd, 2018

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 – Discussion and Analysis

  1.       Introduction of the paper                                 ….………………..                [       ]
  2.       Weekday VS Weekend Dietary Comparison         ….………………..                [       ]
  3.       Fruit Intake Analysis                                 ….………………..                [       ]
  4.       Vegetable Intake Analysis                         …………………..                [       ]
  5.       Grains Intake Analysis                                 …………………..                [       ]
  6.       Protein Intake Analysis                                 ...………….……..                [       ]
  7. Dairy Intake Analysis                                 ...………….……..                [       ]
  8. Sodium Intake Analysis                                 ...………….……..                [       ]
  9.       Saturated Fat Intake Analysis                         ...………….……..                [       ]
  10.       Added Sugars Analysis                                 ...………….……..                [       ]
  11.       Body Mass Index (BMI) Analysis                 ...………….……..                [       ]
  12. Diet and Exercise Lifestyle - Changes & Goals             ...……….……..                [       ]
  13. External Factors Affecting your Diet and Exercise   ...………..……                [       ]
  14. Reflection – “What Changes Would YOU Make?”   …..……….…..                [       ]

SECTION 2 – Presentation of Data

  1. Forms and Printouts                                
  1. Complete 3-Day Diet Recorded (MyPlate Plan forms)
  1. MyPlate Plan Forms                        ...………………..                [       ]
  2. BMI Calculator Summary Report        ...………………..                [       ]
  3. Body Weight Planner (optional)        …………………..                [       ]
  1. Reference page in APA format                        …………………..                [       ]
  2. Grade Sheet                                        …………………..                [       ]

                                Research Paper:  Diet Analysis

INTRODUCTION

This paper will discuss the 3-day analysis of my dietary intake that was intended to help me better understand how the foods I eat relate to my overall health based on nutritional value.  Throughout this project we have learned that too much of one thing, too little of another with relation to any one item, may be good or bad depending on what that item is.  We also learned about some theories and myths and this 3-day analysis provided me with an opportunity to incorporate some of those theories while trying to avoid the traps of nutrient and diet myths.  Although a short period of time, this 3-day analysis also provided me an opportunity to adjust my diet each day after evaluating the day prior.  At the same time, I was able to recognize some of my eating habits while realizing how hard it is to maintain a balanced and planned-out daily meal plan.  This paper will discuss my 3-day meal plan analysis providing a comparison of how I ate on weekdays opposed to weekends, a breakdown of specific nutrient intake such as fruit, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy, along with a personal reflection of the changes I can make based on my experience from this 3-day analysis.

WEEKDAY VS. WEEKEND DIETARY COMPARISON

I did not think that I ate much differently on weekdays as compared to weekends but this 3-day plan shed some light on some of the things that go unnoticed.  If not for planning this 3-Day diet meal plan using MyPlate, I would have definitely ate differently taking into consideration factors such as work, time with my family, personal time, etc.  Since I knew we were completing this assignment, I planned out my meals ahead of time and went shopping to ensure I had the required ingredients to meet my 3-day meal plan goal.  I had much more time and motivation to eat healthier on the weekend than I would have done on the weekdays after work if not for preparing ahead of time.  This taught me that eating right takes some work on my part to prepare ahead of time to ensure I eat healthy.  One other thing I accounted for in preparing for my 3-day meal plan was trying to buy bulk items and incorporating those items into as many daily meals as much as possible.  At the same time, I tried to eat those bulk items in different ways so I could avoid being bored with certain meals.  One way I did that was to put fruits in shakes, add fruit to Greek yogurt and then just ate raw fruit.  There are so many ways to consume fruits and vegetables that I think changing up the presentation and method of consumption makes it fun to shop and prepare those meals or snacks.

FRUIT GROUP INTAKE

        The MyPlate plan advised me to consume two (2) cups of fruit each day as part of a 2,200 calorie dietary intake.  I typically eat more fruit than necessary so that is the one thing I learned I need to regulate.  I avoided all types of canned or packaged fruits because it is pretty easy to find fresh fruit at most of any grocery stores or markets.  I chose bananas, blueberries, mangos, oranges and strawberries because they work pretty well with most of the meals I planned while also providing things like dietary fibers, essential vitamins, promote heart health and are preventative towards other health concerns like reducing decreasing bone loss and the risk of developing kidney stones.

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