Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!

Many apologies for the lack of updates lately — Michele and I have been swamped with internship responsibilities.

It’s so hard to believe that it’s 2012 already!  A lot has happened this past year, and I’m excited to see what’s in store this upcoming year (specifically RD credential and hopefully first “real” RD job!).

Many people often make new year’s resolutions, but I’ve never really been that into making them. But, this year, I hope things will be a little different!  I have a few food-related new year’s resolutions that I’ll share here, and please feel free to keep me accountable.

1. Visit the farmer’s market more often.
I love the farmer’s market – there’s one a short MUNI ride away from my house that I occasionally visit on Sunday. It’s so fun to see the beautiful produce, families with strollers and dogs, and people excited about supporting local farms and businesses. It takes some careful budgeting and sacrifices, of course, for an intern getting a stipend that barely covers rent. But, it’s always fun to see what’s there, get to know some of the vendors, and enjoy the fun cooking projects that follow.

2. Cook more.
I’ve been trying to experiment in the kitchen more these past few months. I got a food processor, and have loved making hummus, shredding zucchini and carrots for bread, and making black bean burgers, among other things!  It’s been a good way for me to de-stress after a busy internship day. Of course, I really believe that dietitians should be able to find their way around a kitchen, too!

3. Post more frequently on the blog
No need for further explanation.  🙂

Finally, there aren’t any citations in this article (sorry), but I thought it was interesting nonetheless. It’s about the reasons to not diet, and instead the importance of adapting a healthy lifestyle in general. My preceptor and I were talking about how many people think that something like a gastric bypass surgery is a “quick fix” to their obesity issue, but fail to realize that whether they’re getting a surgery, or following a healthy eating pattern, it’s a lifelong commitment.

What are your 2012 (or lifetime!) resolutions?
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30 under 30

There was a recent article published by Splash Life (http://www.splashlife.com/article/30-under-30-futurist-foodies) about 30 Futuristic Foodies under the age of 30.  Pretty inspiring.  Some of the folks highlighted are teenagers!  It just shows anyone can make a positive difference in the food world.  When I used to be a waitress, my supervisor would give a gold star to those who did an exceptionally good job; these guys definitely get a gold star.

cheesy? yes.

It’s nice to hear about people doing really good work; it’s easy for me to get discouraged by all the negatives in the news.

Who would you add to the list?  What are you doing to be a “futuristic foodie”?