Andrew wants to eat healthier and went online to learn about MyPlate. He came away overwhelmed at all the information and was turned off by reading about ounces and cups-concepts that are unfamiliar to him. He is clearly interested in changing his food habits but is stuck on the idea that that isn’t possible unless he weighs and measures his food. He is wondering if eating healthier is worth the trouble.
- How would you encourage him to approach the goal of eating healthier? What information would you gather about his usual intake? His willingness to change?
- How would you use MyPlate to help him make better choices without overwhelming him?
- Andrew’s wife thinks he is not consuming enough vitamin C. Andrew is worried that he will develop scurvy. Can you assume that he is at risk for scurvy if he isn’t consuming the RDA for vitamin C?
- Why may his wife’s assessment be inaccurate? How can you determine if Andrew isn’t consuming enough vitamin C? What would you tell Andrew to calm his fears?
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