Kickstarting 2020

| JoAnna Weinand

With 2019 coming to an end, many of us are looking into 2020. Hopefully, it’s a year of possibilities, new discoveries, happiness, and challenges to be conquered.

With the New Year approaching, many of us will also be making resolutions… some revolving around being healthier. As a dietitian, I love to see people make these choices… whether it be to exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables, or get enough sleep every night… small changes make a BIG impact.

How are you going to kick-start 2020?!

Drink more water! 60% of our body is made of water… Replenish it!

  • Carry a water bottle with you! It will help you keep track of how much water you’ve consumed throughout the day
  • Use an app! There are so many apps out there now that will help you track your daily water intake.

Eat more fruits and vegetables!

  • It is recommended adults consume 2 cups of fruit a day. Men should consume 2 ½ cups of vegetables and women 2 cups a day.
  • Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables! This can help save on costs.
  • Worried about food going bad?? Frozen fruits and vegetables work too! They’re great to keep on hand when you find yourself in a “pinch” for meal planning. Often times, they don’t have the sodium that is often found in canned foods.

Eat less sugar

  • According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, added sugar intake should be no more than 10% of your daily caloric intake. If following a 2000 calorie diet, this would be 200 calories. Now sugar is found naturally in some foods such as fruit and dairy but is also added to a lot of foods. Remember to always read labels.

These are just a few small changes that can be made to kick-start 2020 into a healthier, better year. Remember to make your goals realistic, measurable, and put a time frame on them! I hope 2020 is a successful year for all!

JoAnna Weinand graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2013 as a Registered Dietitian and started her career in New Mexico, working with many different disease states including diabetes in children and adults, kidney disease, malnutrition, weight management, and many different gastrointestinal diseases.

JoAnna has an adventurous spirit and her career has taken her from many different places, from New Mexico to California, North Dakota, nd Alaska. She has worked in many different settings including hospitals, dialysis centers, skilled nursing facilities, gyms, and within the community with youth and adults in Alaska.

JoAnna has always had a passion for nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. In her spare time, she loves to travel, mountain bike, rock climb,and backpack. Living back in Minnesota, she also loves to spend time with her family.

JoAnna believes that nutrition is not “one size fits all” and each nutrition plan should be tailored to meet an individual’s needs. JoAnna enjoys working with many different disease states and developing the right plan so each person can reach his or her own personal goals.


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[2] All about the Fruit Group, Accessed 12/16/2019

[3] All about the Vegetable Group, Accessed 12/16/2019

[4] The Scoop on Added Sugar, Accessed 12/16/2019

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