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The New Year’s Resolutions These Top Nutritionists Are Making for a Healthy 2018

A new year is a natural time to reflect on changes we want to make in our lives. Here are a few top new year's resolutions from nutritionists (including one from the author) to inspire you.

nutritionistCourtesy Jennifer Bowers PhD RD

Find something to be grateful for daily

“My new year’s resolution in 2018 is to foster a spirit and attitude of gratitude. After posting “thankful” messages each day in November on Facebook, I realized that I need to expand that practice year-round. Inspired also by the book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I purchased a journal to keep an ongoing list of things I am grateful for. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I can look back and savor all the beauty and gifts I’ve been blessed with. There is always, always something to be thankful for.” Your health improves with gratitude, too.

nutritionistCourtesy Denine Marie MPH RDN

Get moving

Registered dietician nutritionist Denine Marie, MPH, RDN is committed to frequent walking to “get outside and get out of my head.” She is shooting for 30 to 60 minutes to reduce stress, spark creativity, increase productivity, and improve overall health. To meet this goal, she’s using a cute sticker in her planner to track consistency. Check out these powerful health benefits of regular exercise.

Run a 5k monthly

Registered dietician nutritionist Jen Everdyke says she’ll be focusing on nutrition-related charity races for extra motivation. Interested in running a 5K this year? Here are fun runs even non-runners will enjoy.

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Finish her cookbook

Dietitian Judy Simon, MS, RDN, is resolving to finally finish her cookbook on improving fertility through food. Until then, check out the factors that affect fertility in men and women.

nutritionistCourtesy Judy Barbe RD

Quiet the “flying monkeys”

“My health goal is to practice meditation more,” shares Judy Barbe, RDN. “This method of stress reduction continues to be cited as a health benefit and I want to be able to quiet my brain from all those flying monkeys!” Barbe plans to use an app on her phone to remind her to meditate and guide her through a few minutes of relaxation. Find out how to sneak mindfulness into everyday moments.

Be more present with her child

Registered dietician nutritionist Kelsey Stricklen, MS, RDN resolves not to miss the “precious little moments in life.” For her, that means spending more time with her toddler, actively listening to people, and putting her phone away.

nutritionistCourtesy Maria Zamarripa MS RD

Schedule in yoga

After noticing the negative impact of stress on her mood, health, and skin, Maria Zamarripa, RDN resolves to reduce and manage that stress in 2018. Using her daily planner as a reminder, she plans to practice yoga twice weekly, as well as meditate three times per week. Sounds smart to us—yoga has loads of benefits for your body and mind.

nutritionistcourtesy Mandy Enright MS RDN RYT

Pause to reflect during the work day

After sitting for hours at her computer, immersed in work, Mandy Enright, MS, RDN, RYT, decided to help others while helping herself by leading Facebook Live yoga/meditation mid-day breaks. Just 15 minutes of “time out” provides positive health benefits.

Banish the phone from the bedroom

Registered dietician nutritionist Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN, vows to make sleep a priority in 2018. To get her full eight hours, she’s leaving her phone outside her bedroom and investing in an old-fashioned alarm clock in order to avoid blue screen time before bedtime. Here are more tips on improving your sleep.

nutritionistCourtesy Allegra Gast RD IBCLC

Reduce her carbon footprint

Going green is a popular catchphrase, but Allegra Gast, RDN, takes it one step further by outlining specific tasks to reduce waste. She takes reusable grocery bags to the store, uses beeswax paper instead of plastic wrap, and avoids plastic ware and straws. Requesting mason jars, beeswax paper, and good quality cloth grocery bags as holiday gifts, Gast hopes to minimize non-biodegradable and non-recyclable materials in 2018. Check out even more simple ways to help the planet.

Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD
Jennifer is a doctoral-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with nearly 25 years of experience. For the majority of her career she has focused on health care, disease prevention, and nutrition education for a range of ages—from middle school to graduate school students. In private practice, Dr. Bowers is involved in freelance writing and extracurricular nutrition clubs for children. When not working, she enjoys swimming, running, hiking, biking, camping, cooking, and reading.

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