Cultural Assessment for Nursing Essay

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Culture Paper

I was born and raised in the Philippines. I identify myself with the Filipino culture. I chose to learn about the Mexican culture, so I have interviewed my coworker. The interview was focused on the meaning of food in their culture and its impact on their health.

When asked about the meaning of food, Estella and Betty both associated it with family gatherings, holidays, and celebrations wherein food brings people together. They celebrate Christmas, Quinceneras (when a girl is considered a young woman on her 15TH birthday), and weddings. Most of their meals include beans, rice, and either corn or flour tortillas. Tamales are commonly served during their celebrations because they have been their traditional food for
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They want their kids’ abdomen to appear full, which implies looking “healthy.” In my opinion, this belief may interfere with health promotion because it conflicts with what health advocates consider healthy or unhealthy. When asked if there are any enzyme deficiencies or food intolerances commonly experienced with their culture, Estella and Betty said that there is no common food intolerance that they are familiar with. Lactose intolerance is not common in their group, but a gastrointestinal problem, such as gastritis, is common because most of the dishes are spicy.

Here in California, there are several Mexican supermarkets that offer almost all of the basic and essential products in making or preparing the dishes common for this culture. This is an advantage for Mexicans that reside here in California. The interviewees also mentioned that in other states, Mexican food products are scarce making it difficult for some of them to prepare the meals that they are used to eating.

Having learned about the common food and dietary practices in the Mexican culture, it seems quite challenging to teach dietary adjustments, especially if they are used to cooking and eating the same type of food for many years. My approach to this will be to suggest making slight variations or modifications on ingredients or food preparation methods, instead of teaching them to avoid eating a certain type of dish altogether. If the patient has coronary artery

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