Dietary intake is a lifestyle factor that has a large effect on health and wellness.

 Dietary intake is a lifestyle factor that has a large effect on health and wellness. Assess your dietary intake for a day by tracking your diet and using appropriate tools (www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary) to review it.

Analyze your diet by answering the questions below in your journal. Your journal should contain the two parts described below.

Part 1: Assess your diet by addressing the following items:

  • Analyze your daily fat, saturated fat, sugar, carbohydrates, and caloric intake. Explain how your numbers compared with the goal levels.
  • Identify what vitamins and minerals fell below the goal level.
  • Elaborate on how your protein intake compared with the goal level. Discuss specific grams.
  • Explain the role and importance of consuming each of the following:
    • Minerals
    • Vitamins
    • Carbohydrates
    • Water
    • Protein
    • Fiber
    • Fat

Part 2: Examine the effects of your diet on your health and wellness by addressing the following items in your journal entry:

  • Identify the effect your diet has on your health and wellness. Does your dietary intake protect you or increase your health risks?
  • Explain two chronic diseases directly related to an unhealthy diet.
  • Explain two ways you could improve your diet. Be specific and provide examples.

For the journal assignment, write out each question and then answer it. Your journal should be a minimum of one page in length (not including the title page or reference page). As a minimum, include the dietary website you used (www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary) as references in your response to this journal activity.