January 7, 2019

New year. New you. New goal to eat healthier.

grocery cart Healthy eating is a top resolution every year. (Stock Photo).

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Eating healthier foods is a staple among new year’s resolutions, such as buying salads, fruits and vegetables at the start of the year.

Rachel Clark, a continuing lecturer and sports dietitian in Purdue University’s Department of Nutrition Science, says planning can be your best partner in the plan to eat more healthfully throughout 2019.

Clark shares her advice as part of Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences video series with various experts on how to make 2019 the year of change and personal growth.

Healthful eating can mean something different to everyone. Finding ways to insert fruit and vegetables in each meal may be the first step toward achieving that goal. Another way to help you reach that goal is planning.

Clark points out that it is a common scenario where everyone is on the way home and there is a question of what the family is having for dinner. “Make a plan for that week and make it realistic. If it’s a really busy night, maybe that’s the night that you do order in or eat out,” Clark said.

Another way to eat healthfully in the new year is batch cooking – making more than what you eat in a normal setting and saving the rest for later in the week. For example, if you are grilling chicken, you could have part of the chicken for one meal and then save the rest of the chicken for a casserole or other dish later in the week.

“You are going to have to spend a little time and effort on it, but later you don’t have to spend as much time and effort because you have already gotten that piece done,” Clark said.

The College of Health and Human Sciences’ research aligns with Purdue's Giant Leaps celebration, acknowledging the university’s global advancements made in “Health, Longevity and Quality of Life” as part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary. This is one of the four themes of the yearlong celebration’s Ideas Festival, designed to showcase Purdue as an intellectual center solving real-world issues. 

Writer: Matthew Oates, 765-496-2571, oatesw@purdue.edu

Source: Rachel Clark, 765-496-2711, rachelclark@purdue.edu

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