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Heart Healthy

Camilles chicken California wrap (half)

Calories: 310

Total fat: 13g

Sat fat: 4g

Cholesterol 32mg

Sodium: 790 mg

Total carb: 21g

Dietary 1.5g

Protein: 15g


Calypso kiwi lemonade- 300 calories, 4.5mg Na, 0g fat

1 water

Homemade lasagna (ground beef, cheese, noodles, basil pasta sauce):


Calories 486

Sodium 375mg

Total carbs 24g

Cholesterol 89mg


Total sodium: 1165mg

Total fat: 32g

Total calories: 1,096


Overall, I believe that it would not be too difficult for me to adjust to a “heart healthy” diet if I had cardiac disease. The recommended sodium intake per day, according to a 2,000 calorie diet,in order to lower ones blood pressure, is 2,400 mg, as recommended by the American Heart Association (The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations, n.d). Additionally, they state that if possible reducing the daily intake of sodium to 1,500mg is even more desirable (The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations, n.d.). After comparing these goals to my daily intake of sodium, I have come to realize that my intake is rather low. Also, I exercised this day and therefore am working to maintain a healthy weight, another recommendation stated by the American Heart Association if one has heart disease or hypertension. Although my log from this day reflected a lower sodium intake, I often consume soda. This is an area where I would struggle to follow the guidelines for a “heart healthy” diet. Although I try to not drink more than one soda a day, a coca cola contains 45mg of sodium. In the end, I believe that, because I do not consume large amounts of food per day, I am able to keep my intake of sodium and fat within the recommended levels. However, I much watch the consumption of soft drinks and candies and maintain a moderate degree of physical activity to balance everything out. Lastly, although my diet reflects a “heart healthy” diet, I know that I have other days when my consumption does not follow these guidelines. Either way, it would be extremely difficult to abide by these guidelines constantly!



The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations. (n.d.). Retrieved February 07, 2017, from



This week I was able to disconnect on two separate occasions for a total of 7 hours. Both occasions took place at my home. The first occasion was when my parents returned home from a week long vacation. I spent two hours (with no technology) talking to both of my parents about my past week, discussing clinicals, simulation lab, the cancellation of lecture, my other classes and assignments and of course, the details of their vacation. I spent my time catching up with my family and reflecting on the week; mine and there’s. I always enjoy spending time with them. I can tell that they appreciate spending time with me because most of the time I am up in my room studying. Another time I was able to disconnect was when my aunt came over for dinner. She came over on a Sunday night with her dog and I took a long break from studying and spent it socializing with my aunt, who I had not seen for a while. I love catching up with my aunt because she is a retired nurse and a blast to be around. I get to talk to her about my clinicals and how my experience is so far in the nursing program and it allows me to “see” the light at the end of the tunnel. Overall, I value the time I get to spend with my family and with school, that time is often limited. I have found that balancing my study time with family/social time can be challenging but is so worth it because it allows me to take a break from school, relax and refocus. My family always explains how much they enjoy it when I can spend time with them. Our time is filled with laughing, joking and sentimental discussions about life. I think this friendship and relationship I have with my family is what assists me to be a good (student) nurse. It helps me to converse with patients easily, while also picking up on subtle ques.


Diverticular disease and diet

As nurses, it is vital that we take the time to educate patients fully on the disease they have and how they can manage it. Those who have diverticular disease need thorough instruction on the diet that they should stick to in order to prevent inflammation and infection (diverticulitis). In addition, there are some foods, specifically seeds, that these patients must stay away from.  Verbal education about the diet plan for these patients can be overwhelming. Therefore, a simple handout with foods that the patient should eat and possible meal plans can greatly decrease a patients anxiety and stress and hopefully help them maintain their disease and prevent further progression towards diverticulitis. While the patient’s diet will have to adapt to their disease, it does not mean they cannot enjoy good meals.

Here is a link for a handout that can be given to the patient in addition to verbal education. It explains what diverticular disease is, what foods are high in fiber, and suggests possible meal plans (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and diet the patient can eat.