Dietetic Intern Courtney’s SNAP Challenge- Obstacles versus Advantages

Obstacles versus Advantages

I think my pros outweigh the cons for this SNAP challenge.

I think my pros outweigh the cons for this SNAP challenge.

What I predict will be my most challenging obstacles are the following:

  1. Staying active with a limited food supply –
  • During the week I exercise 5-7 days a week from 15-20 minutes up to 90 minutes at a time.  Will I be able create a meal plan on a budget while maintaining my lifestyle?

2. Convenience and spontaneity –

  • I have no idea what I’m going to eat tomorrow, let alone in the next hour. My husband and I keep staple foods in our house and snack/fix meals on a whim. This meal planning thing will be a huge change for me.
  • Convenience is a very close third place after nutrition and cost in regards to priorities of food.  In lieu of cooking, I sometimes opt for microwave meals, ramen noodles, mac&cheese from the box, hamburger helper, and, yes, even a fast-food cheeseburger (Shame on me, right? No, it’s not an everyday or even an every week occurrence, but this ideology is a topic for another day’s discussion)

What are my advantages?

  1. Nutrition education
  • I have a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with an emphasis in Dietetics from Virginia Tech and I am an aspiring Registered Dietitian.

2.  Meal planning experience from class projects during school

3. I am petite.

  • Besides the increased calorie needs due to my activity level, my calorie requirements may be less than many people, particularly male individuals.

4. I am not feeding a family; this week I will only be feeding myself.

  • If I had more mouths to feed, I would have added SNAP benefits to spend; however, I would be dealing with different food preferences.  Also, if I was preparing for additional people, convenient foods may seem more appealing.

5. Utilities

  • Microwave, stove, oven, fridge, toaster, blender – I have all of these available and plan to use them in an attempt to increase my meal variety.

6. Time

  • Minus the 40 hours committed to my work site and class this week, I am relatively flexible this week. I am able to make necessary adjustments in order to prepare meals and snacks.

7. Cooking skills

  • I am no master chef, and I’ve only been cooking for the past 5 years, but I am fully capable of frying an egg, making toast, cooking rice, and roasting vegetables – all of which I plan to do this week.

What special skills or challenges do you have that make eating on a budget easier or harder?

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