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New Year- New You?

New Year- New You?
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Last year I made a resolution however as I look back, I can’t recall what it was. As I was reading through America’s most common New Year’s Resolutions I realized I had made every one, at least once. But when do we forget about why we made them? Why do we make them once a year when we should really be reminding ourselves of our ever-adapting goals?

According to an article published by the University of Scranton, three of the five top resolutions are directly associated with health.  Here is your guide to what the top five resolutions are, and how you can maintain them.

21% Weight Loss

Define your goals in small increments: “In January I want to lose 5lbs by starting a plant-based diet” This goal is manageable and concrete. Instead of deciding to eat less, choose to eat better. Working with an expert guide can make all the difference, while extreme measures on your own like starving yourself will tarnish your relationship with food; same goes for forcing yourself to go to the gym when you’re running on 4 hours of sleep. Find a plan that works for you and stick to it. Increase the vigor over time until you are at a sustainable weight.

14% Improve Finances

Assess where your money is going. American’s spend exorbitant amounts of money on weight-loss pills and programs that work for “everyone”. Kick-starting weight-loss means starting your sustainable lifestyle today, not after you’ve flushed your body using laxatives, diuretics or other toxins found in many weight-loss “miracles”.  Strive to stop spending money on short-term solutions to things that can be solved by finding a sustainable solution that works for you. You are unique and don’t need to live off of packaged food mailed to you on a daily basis. With the right balance and right guide, you can actually have your cake and eat it too.

14% Exercise

Remember to balance exercise with sleep. Not all days are meant to begin with a ten mile run. Start with where you are. Go for a walk with your dog, take the stairs and park farther from the store. Taking an extra 30 minutes to integrate exercise spread throughout your day is much more sustainable than making goals that may not be realistic for you today. Increase your exercise regime when you are ready for it, not just when the ball drops.

10% Get a New Job

Focus on what you want and what is holding you back.  Many people don’t realize what “healthy” feels like.  As a nutritionist, this is one of the most heartbreaking realizations. By balancing what you eat, you can actually take fewer sick days, have more sustainable energy and stay more focused. Improving your health can have enormous outcomes for your career goals.

7% Healthier Eating

Share your healthy diet with others. One of the most common things to derail a person from their goal is a holiday. Instead of resolving to cutting out birthday cake, business lunches and girl’s-night-out cocktails, resolve to improve those choices. By creating your own community of healthy eating, you can expand your healthy network. This will make your goals much less challenging because people will learn to bring rainbow fruit salad for your birthday instead of rainbow-funfetti cake.  Become the person that inspires healthy eating instead of feeling the need to turn down every indulgent behavior.

 

Natalie Lowell has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Simmons College in Boston, Ma. She has expertise coaching for long-term implementation and motivating continued success towards individualized goals. She has worked with cancer, mental health and low-income populations among others. She has a passion for helping people find a lifestyle diet that works for their schedule, ability level and social life. Natalie has volunteered for the nutrition department at the Dana-Farber Cancer Research Institute, working on their award-winning nutrition website, app and other educational information for patients going through treatment and survivorship. In her fourth year as a volunteer at the Women’s Lunch Place, she designed a nutrition education program for women in need. She is currently a Mental Health Nutrition Counselor at a local group home where she manages eating patterns of residents with conditions ranging from bipolar disorder, OCD, short term memory, diabetes and protein malabsorption. As a Health Coach, she has counseled clients applying weight management techniques, juicing on a budget, and introducing a plant-based diet. As an aspiring health activist she hopes to one day serve in the Peace Corps and bring nutritional aide to all spans of people. She hopes to remind people to celebrate food as the world’s first prescription for a healthy life. She enjoys exploring, experimenting with odd food-combinations and discussing shocking health care articles. Natalie looks forward to getting her RD.