BIOL101 Forum 1 (Modules 3 and 4) Fall Lastest 2015 October

| January 31, 2017

Topic: What Should You Eat?

You probably want to live a long and healthy life on this earth. What are you willing to do to make that possible? Here is an assignment that can improve the quality of what you eat, and hence, the quality of your life. Let’s develop the rudiments of a maintenance diet for you—a desirable, workable, realistic, non-faddish maintenance diet—one you follow permanently. You have four reference sources:

Your textbook’s chapter on biomolecules; how they are built and used
• The Bible’s many prescriptive texts regarding nutrition (ignore “descriptive” texts)
• The course Presentation entitled “Biomolecules and Nutrition”
• Trustworthy sources such as the Mayo Clinic website:”>

The foods you select will contain the same classes of biomolecules that you read about in your textbook: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins, and minerals. Use the following procedure to build your diet.

For your Thread:

1. Work directly in the assignment’s text box, not in a Word document which must be attached there. Attached documents will automatically lose 5 points.

2. Go to the Mayo Clinic website. In the “Search” box at the top of the page type the phrase: “Healthy Weight Pyramid Tool” and click on the link to this program. It may take more than 30 seconds to load.

3. Fill in your personal data (maintaining weight is preferred to losing weight for now), clicking through the windows, until you are given your own personal food pyramid based on a customized calorie-intact level.

4. In Blackboard, in your assignment text box, list the pyramid categories in this order: “Vegetables,” “Fruits,” “ Carbohydrates,” “Proteins,” “Fats,” and “Sweets” also listing your serving numbers beside each category.

5. Now list eight separate specific foods that are well known to be high in each category and that you would eat. Do not reuse any food under a second category. You will thus select 48 foods for your diet—not a huge variety, but it’s a start! “ Leafy greens” or “seafood” are food categories, not specific foods.

6. Along with your six lists of eight foods, you may submit up to two prescriptive Bible passages that you feel most constrain your thinking on these things.

7. Spend the first week optimizing your list. You may freely visit other student’s lists to see what they have chosen—(but then they become your authority). Your goal is always to improve your own list. Please include about 54 words for your diet (6 headings + 48 foods) with space left over for two Bible verses for a total of 100 words.

Big(!) Hints:

• Return to the Mayo site. In the upper left “Search” box, type: “Healthy Diet” Follow the links provided. There are some excellent focusing suggestions here.

• Most really good foods are high in more than one category. This gives you flexibility in building your list. Salmon is high in proteins and lipids. What is it higher in? Use it under only one heading.

• Foods differ in their density of a wide variety of nutrients as compared to just the calories they give you. Which sweet would be better for you: hard candy or a fig bar?

• What is in the food item you’ve selected? Check out:”>

• Suppose Mayo Clinic wisdom and Biblical wisdom seem to conflict. Which source will you defer to and why?

Submit your thread by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 3.

For your Replies:

1. Select initial threads of two other students (a separate reply to each of two separate threads).

2. In each reply, suggest just one specific food you would delete from their diet and what you would replace it with. Base your suggestion on health considerations, not mere taste preferences.

3. For each reply, do enough research to rationalize your substitution.

4. Limit your suggestion + rationalization to 50 words for each thread (100 words total).

Submit your replies by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 4.

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