Reflection: Week Three


Bittersweet. That’s the word to best describe this week at Meals On Wheels. We had a great week interning, working on our projects and getting things done, but it was Allison’s last week at the office.

On Tuesday we listened to a great speaker, Amy Goodson, on how to write an article for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website & dietitians in the media. She was enthusiastic and informative, and I think we’re all really excited for the chance to get an article published.

We are getting the hang of our other projects as well- kitchen audits are going smoothly, we started the first draft of next summer’s menu, and many of our nutrition education pieces are ready for editing. We got to sit in on a meeting modifying the fall/winter menu, which gave us some insight into how we should be planning next years menu.

On Thursday, Cara led a fad diet discussion over the Dukan diet. The Dukan diet involves 4 phases, all very high protein, low carbohydrate and few vegetables. No matter what phase you’re in, there’s always at least one day a week in which you must eat nothing but ‘the purest of pure protein’- basically just grilled chicken. I wouldn’t recommend a diet that restricts multiple (or any) food groups, because balance is everything, especially in diet. In fact, the creator of the diet, Pierre Dukan, was removed from the French medical registry for promoting this diet. It may help you lose weight, but there are many risks and you’re very likely to gain the weight back if you ever stop.

We had a great time at the Tarrant Area Food Bank kitchen garden on Friday! (see: Gardening Day) This week we learned how to do site visits, which we start this coming Tuesday! We will be evaluating each of the meal distribution sites to make sure everything is going well.

Can’t wait for week 4!


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