This week, I was given the task to evaluate how I ate. Right from the start, I noticed that I frequently eat out a lot. Due to the fact that I am only feeding myself on a limited budget, I have learned that it is cheaper to eat out. I would attempt to buy items to cook for myself, but due to being a full time student and part time employee, I had very little time to cook for myself. In addition, food that I did buy would frequently go bad before I had time to cook it, or it would be more expensive to buy all of the ingredients rather than going somewhere and purchasing a portion size for just myself.
The second thing I noticed was my high salt concentration. Ever since I was a child, I have always loved salt. My mother tells stories about how she would catch me eating salt straight out of my hand as a child. I began to think about patients who are on salt restrictions, and I can’t imagine being able to cope with a salt restriction.
One thing that helped me eat healthier was writing down everything I’d eat in a day. Once it came to dinner time, I would look back at my day and realize how unhealthy I had been or how little fruits and vegetables I had consumed. As a visual learner, this task really put things into perspective for me and would be something I would suggest to my patients should they ever need a restriction.