New Year's Resolution Tips From Portland Health Pros

Whether you haven't yet nailed down your goals for 2015, or if you suspect you might be biting off more than you can chew, we asked 7 experts for advice.

By Allison Jones December 31, 2014

"For new year's resolutions, I hone it down to one word. This, of course, is tough, but it makes me think long and hard about what I want the new year to bring and what I truly want to focus on. So rather than recommending people create a laundry list of things they could change and improve, from habits to diet, I encourage people to choose one word that helps them stay on track with whatever their greatest intention may be. For me, 2014 was "lightness". I found that I laughed a lot this year and took myself and my work a little less seriously, which was my intention!"—Abby Fammartino of Abby's Table. Check out some recipes from her new cookbook!

"Set yourself up for success. When you're trying to change a habit, make sure you think of ways to make it easy and memorable to do the new thing. I wanted to drink more water, but I found that even if I had it handy I wasn't drinking it. So I thought about times when I really enjoy drinking water, and it's always through a straw. So I got some BPA-free water bottles with a lid and straw. Now I drink water like it's going out of style."—Esthetician and skin care guru Ally Guest of re:surface skin

"I have an ideological problem with "resolutions" simply because I don't think it's healthy to set yourself up for possible failure. So, I frame looking forward with "themes." This year my theme is "purposeful" with the idea that I want to be more conscious about how I'm spending my time and energy...more on food prep, exercise, meditation, less on Facebook, procrastination, and draining activities (and people!)"—Naturopathic physician and acupuncturist Dr. Samantha Brody of Gluten Free Portland and

"My number one resolution is to find new rainy weather activities I enjoy. I just joined a climbing gym. Also, replacing sugar in my morning coffee or tea with stevia. Just little things to make incremental changes so they can become a part of my routine without feeling like I’m being rigid or constricted…reminding myself as I make these choices that 'I am doing this as a gift to myself' rather than 'I have to do this.'"—Jessica Gilchrist Kolahi, LAc at Vitalize Acupuncture
"New Year’s resolutions can be lofty—lose ten pounds, find your soulmate, run your first marathon, or get your life organized. But my resolution for 2015, one I’ve been inviting my clients to join me in, is quite simple. It’s as basic as turning over a new leaf. Yes, your desire to land that well-paying job of your dreams this year is also turning over a new leaf. Yet I’m talking about a more literal leaf. My resolution is to give every leafy green vegetable I can get my hands on a chance. And I aim to do so each day of the new year."—Andrea Nakayama, functional nutritionist and founder of Replenish PDX

"Make a resolution to get your screening tests for cancer done. Early detection and prevention are still your best options for keeping cancer out of your life, hands down! Women should get their annual and pap smear done if they have not had one in 3 years, and if you're over 40, consider a mammogram as well. Men and Women over 50 should have a colonoscopy done if you've not yet had one. Most importantly, know and examine your own body and if something seems abnormal or concerning, bring it to a physicians attention. Listening to your inner doctor can be your own best screening tool."—Naturopathic cancer specialist Dave Allderdice

"Regardless of what your goal is, take the pressure off and find ways to make it fun. For example, if your goal is to eat more vegetables, involve your friends and family. Have a monthly potluck centered around a different seasonal vegetable to make it playful and spark friendly competition."—Real food-focused personal chef, health coach, and cooking instructor Lauren Chandler

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