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Five secrets to becoming the best version of you in 2017

By MICHELLE KUSTER, RD, LD Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor | Jan 05, 2017

You may have pictured it in your head numerous times – the best version of you. The best could mean the healthiest version, the happiest version, the smoke-free version or the less-stressed version of you.

Whatever your best version means, the following five secrets can help you reach your maximum potential in 2017.

1. Balance your diet – Take a good hard look at your daily food intake. Does it include at least a couple of servings of fruits and vegetables per day? Are you skipping meals? According to Forbes, only eight percent of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Take this opportunity to be part of that eight percent and meet with your registered dietitian to work on your nutrition goals. He or she can keep you accountable and ensure that your diet is balanced and fulfilling.

2. Water, water, water – Most of us have heard it before, “You need to drink more water.” Take this message to heart and focus on making the majority of your daily beverage intake water.

3. Relax, renew and refocus – Let’s admit we could all use some stress reduction in our hectic lives. Whether you like to listen to music, read, meditate or exercise, try to take time each day to give yourself a mental break. This mental break can help you refocus your time and perhaps make you more productive because you gave yourself a chance to just breathe.

4. New habit: Moving more – According to The Huffington Post, it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Start slowly, do something you enjoy, move more throughout your day and after about three weeks it will become a new healthy habit for you.

5. Give yourself some attention – In 2017, make it a point to write down the things that make you happy. Keep this list handy and add to it throughout the year. Focusing on your happiness may inspire you to have a better outlook on life. After all, we only get one life, so make it your best.

Whether you work on all five of these secrets at once or just one at a time, it’s a step in the right direction toward being the best version of you. A registered dietitian can help you throughout the entire journey. In the words of Zig Ziglar, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

Bagel Gone Bananas

Serves two.


-2 tbsp. natural nut butter, such as almond, cashew or peanut

-1 tsp. honey

-Pinch of salt

-1 whole wheat bagel, split and toasted

-1 small banana, sliced


In a small bowl, stir together nut butter, honey and salt. Divide the mixture between bagel halves and top with banana slices.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 284 calories, 10g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 43g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 15g sugars, 9g protein.

Daily values: Six percent vitamin C, 10 percent calcium, 11 percent iron.

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