New Year, Same You….SO NOW WHAT??

We hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, and restorative holiday break! We missed you!!

Now that 2016 is here, we know a lot of your will be turning to the old “New Year, New You”, resolution-focused mantras. As everyone knows at this point, New Year’s resolutions have a pesky way of disappearing quickly, so we would like to encourage you to embrace the old you and commit to a few tweaks in the New Year that will help you in whatever way you need in 2016.

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If you would like to BE healthy and strong this year, you know you need to focus on diet (NO STARVING but whole foods, moderation and portion control), exercise, and reducing stress. Here are three inspirations for 2016 in each category:

DIET: Check out Dawn Jackson Blatner’s website for inspiration. According to her site, here is what you can expect from her:

“RDN” Credentials. I’ve worked hard to earn my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentials, so you can trust the information I will give you is credible.

Research PLUS. Yes, I give you science-based info PLUS I weave in my personal experience working with thousands of clients over 15+ years.

Real Food Focus. I apply my solid cooking background to wholesome, nourishing, plant-based foods. I can teach you how to retrain your taste buds, recalibrate portions naturally and redirect cravings.

Realistic Approach. We live in a time-crunched, rushed society. My style is to be flexible and personalize your plan to your schedule & routine. I will teach you smart shortcuts to make your current life healthier.

Results Oriented. I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Results: you’ll feel more energy, manage disease, lose weight. It’s not enough that I give you information. I want to teach you how to take action and really change your life.


Dawn Jackson Blatner is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Dawn is the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs, a food and nutrition blogger with Huffington Post and a nutrition expert on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet, recently ranked a top plant-based diet by US News & World Report.

Dawn is a trusted expert appearing regularly in media outlets such as The Today Show, Good Morning America Health, Extra, USA Today, People, Time and WebMD. She has worked as the dietitian for Lifetime Television and with a national healthfood chain, exclusive spas, DePaul University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute.  Dawn was a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for 9 years.

Dawn recently received Lifetime Television’s “Remarkable Woman Award” for her work in the field of nutrition and has over 15 years experience working with clients to super-charge their health. When she’s not traveling the world sharing her nutrition philosophy, you can find Dawn in her hometown of Chicago…counseling clients in her downtown office, at a farmers market feeling up produce for freshness, in the kitchen testing out new recipes or jogging to pop music. She has an awesome stepson in college and lives with her handsome husband Chris and part-time shih tzu, Mr. Nuts.

Not convinced? Healthy eating will be a breeze if you get to eat these wonderful meals!

BREAKFAST: Superfood Breakfast Bowl

LUNCH: Superfood “Caesar” Salad

SNACK: Toasted Sesame and Seaweed Popcorn

DINNER: Lentil Meatballs over ZOODLES

DESSERT: Banana Bread Cookies

EXERCISE: It is time to find something you like and STICK WITH IT! Hiring a TRAINER is a great way to kick start a new exercise routine in 2016, but there are plenty of options out there if you can’t get a trainer. When we work with new clients, we hear a lot about classes and exercise programs that they didn’t (or don’t) like: running, cycling class, aerobics-based classes, etc. And yes, if you hate those, you are NOT going to want to stick with them. So think outside the box to find a program that is right for you.

For example, there is a new exercise class sweeping NYC called Orangetheory highlighted in The New York Times this weekend that we cannot wait to check out. The class is “backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), our heart-rate monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy”.

That may not sound like your thing, but something is! Try rock climbing, take tennis lessons, ski and/or ice skate this winter. Try barre or pilates classes. Walk, walk, walk! Do a 10-minute power workout every day. Find something you won’t dread doing and DO IT!

STRESS REDUCTION: In many ways, this is the toughest one to tackle because we cannot do anything about the constant stresses in our lives. Your children/jobs/relationships will not suddenly become less demanding in 2016 because you will yourself to be less stressed about them. The only thing you CAN do about these stresses, is change the way you think about them and manage what you can. Maybe this is the year that you hire a therapist (if you feel the need to talk about your stress) or try meditative yoga (if you think the problem is lack of time for you). Perhaps the eating better and exercise regime you commit to will help, or take that pottery class you have always wanted to take. Time management is a huge factor in stress management, so check out these apps and use technology to help. Really take the time this month to figure out what makes you happy and how you can have more of that in 2016. Stop with generic goals: “I am going to make more time for me” or “I am going to release my need to hold on to stress” and make it specific. “I am going to take a pottery class starting on Feb. 16th”, “I am booking a trip with my college roommates to Tulum for a bikini bootcamp in April”…you get the gist.



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