Intern Rachel’s New Year’s Resolution: To Cook More Healthy Foods

Need a little help setting a resolution that will last this year? We’re here to help! Throughout the month we will be sharing healthy resolutions from our team members, community members, and a few nutrition and health experts along the way. Want to share your New Year’s resolution with us? Send us your answers to the questions below and we’ll share your resolution with the rest of the Around the Plate community!

Meet Rachel, our social media intern. Rachel is a first year dietetic student at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Ever since finding out she needed to be gluten-free in 2009, she has become fascinated with all things nutrition and hopes her passion for it will inspire others to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Intern Rachel

When we asked Rachel about her New Year’s Resolution, this is what she had to say:

AtP: This year, my resolution is to:

Rachel: spend more time cooking healthy dishes as opposed to eating microwavable/prepared foods.

AtP: Do you expect to encounter any obstacles in achieving your New Year’s Resolution? How do you plan to overcome them ?

Rachel: As a college student, it’s super tempting to throw something in the microwave during marathon days of classes and working. I know that when I’m tired and overworked, I’ll be inclined to make whatever is easiest, regardless of the quality of the food. One way I plan to overcome this is to search for recipes which re-use many of the same ingredients (such as chicken, a certain vegetable, or rice) so I can buy fewer items. One of the things that scares me about cooking is how many ingredients there are and how long everything takes. If I can find some simple, nutritious, and easy recipes, I should be good to go!

AtP: What’s your first step towards achieving your goal this year?

Rachel: When I return to school at the end of the month, I’ll have to buy all new groceries anyway, so this will be my chance to start fresh. I’ll look up recipes before hand and plan what I’m going to buy so I know I’ll have everything when it’s time to cook.

AtP: How do you plan to keep yourself accountable? Do you have an accountability partner?

Rachel: Last time I set a goal I wanted to keep, I wrote a blog about it. My mom was probably my only follower (thanks, mom!), but it really helped me stay on track because I had to write about it everyday. For this goal, I’ll probably keep some kind of food journal so that I can see what I’m putting into my body.

AtP: What advice do you have for someone else who is looking to set a New Year’s resolution?

Rachel: Start small, and don’t be discouraged! We’re human; we’re bound to slip up every once in awhile. Also, even a small healthy change is a good one, and some change is still better than none, so keep trying!


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