Personal Dietary Assessment

Personal Dietary Assessment

This essay will address an assessment of your energy and macronutrients, as well as two micronutrients. You will complete this in three distinct essay components and include in-text citations throughout all parts of the essay with a single reference page at the end of the assignment. All raw data for this essay comes from your Diet and Wellness report and your nutrient analysis report.

Energy and Macronutrient Essay Instructions

Using essay format, compare your energy intake to the energy requirement range you calculated for your nutrient report. Things to include in your essay:

  • Energy balance: The difference between your intake and the EER single value, the low end of the EER range, and the high end of the EER range. Consider all assessments of a healthy body weight that we have discussed as part of class to help you in this assessment. Discuss any changes that are required to your energy intake to promote health.
    • Assess your macronutrients as part of this essay as they provide the energy consumed. Address both the quantity and quality of your macronutrient intake relative to the recommended ranges (AMDR) you calculated.
  • Macronutrient quantity: For each macronutrient, discuss if you are deficient (below the low end of the range) or excessive (above the high end of the range).
  • Macronutrient quality: For each macronutrient, discuss the food choices contributing to these macronutrient intakes. If your macronutrient intakes are within range then this will be the primary focus of this component of the essay. For carbohydrates, be sure to discuss fibre intakes. Look through your Intake Spreadsheet section of your 3-day average report for information on the food sources contributing to your nutrient intakes. Ensure all suggested changes consider energy and macronutrient balance to promote health.
  • Scholarly sources: A minimum of 2 scholarly sources are required, Use and cite academic scientific sources to support your dietary change suggestions (for example you could use recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide).

Micronutrient Essay Instructions

Using essay format, evaluate your intake of the two micronutrients you identified as being outside the healthy range in your nutrient analysis report. If you wish to choose a different micronutrient, please ensure you receive instructor permission. Compose each essay using the micronutrient as your title so that you have two essays with two micronutrient titles (e.g., Vitamin D for one essay and Sodium for the second essay). Use scholarly sources to support your essay content. Things to include in each micronutrient essay:

  • Function and roles: Describe and explain the roles of the micronutrient in the body. Provide details and descriptions of each role.
  • Health concerns: Identify the health concerns related to a deficient intake and excessive intake of this micronutrient. Ensure you incorporate the mechanism(s) of action by which the micronutrient negatively or positively impacts health.
  • Dietary changes: Identify dietary changes, for each micronutrient, to improve your intake. Your suggested changes must consider the impact of the micronutrient of interest, as well as other micronutrients. For example, if you remove a food due to excessive sodium, you must suggest a replacement that will maintain intakes of other nutrients.
  • Scholarly sources: Each micronutrient essay requires a minimum of 4 scholarly sources, two of which must be scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles and the others can be scholarly sources of your choosing. Repeat these minimum requirements with each micronutrient essay.
    • A PDF version of each journal article must be submitted with your final essay (4 articles total).

Essay Formatting

  • Length: approximately 6 pages double spaced in total not including title page and references
  • APA 7th edition with in-text citations and reference page following APA format.
  • Essays lacking in-text citations and reference page or those that have been copied from another source are considered to be plagiarized and will be graded as 0
  • Submission
  • The assignment will be submitted online through your Blackboard site.
  • Your essay must be uploaded as one PDF document. Files uploaded in any other format will not be marked and will be graded as “0”. Essays should be a single document including your reference list.

Submission Checklist

  • Essay in pdf format with in-text citation
  • Macronutrient essay – minimum of 2 scholarly sources
  • Micronutrient #1 essay – minimum of 4 scholarly sources
    • upload the 2 peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Micronutrient #2 essay – minimum of 4 scholarly sources
    • upload the 2 peer-reviewed journal articles