New Year, New Me

“This new year, I’ll read more.”

“This year I’ll find my new hobby.”

“Come January, I’ll lose a few pounds.”

new year exercise

Timing is super important in life like endings and beginnings. You’re more likely to run your first marathon at 29 rather than 30. And when the yearly odometer rolls over, it’s a great time to start including healthier habits in your life.

Taher Dietitian Melanie Wirth has some advice on finding a meal and exercise plan:

“There are so many diet plans out there it is hard to select just a few. Each person is different and something that works for one may not work for another. My best advice is to find a program that works for your lifestyle. If you are an individual who needs your meals prepared for you to ensure you get exactly what you need to check out Nutrisystem. If you like more control and to cook and prepare your own meals but just need a meal plan Mayo Clinic is great.”

Keeping it real, keeping yourself accountable

There are many wellness groups that incorporate exercise and meal plans together too. Beachbody, Weightwatchers, Mayo Clinic and so many more. These groups provide coaches to help keep you motivated and encouraged. Most people cannot do it alone and need a support system. Strangers, friends and family can be great motivators…you just need to find someone, or a couple, to hold you accountable and vise versa.


One key thing people need to keep in mind when selecting a weight loss program is “can I do and maintain this for the foreseeable future?” There are many quick fixes with fast results, but is it maintainable? Even if you decide to fast or start a diet meant to kick-start your journey, you will need to adjust your lifestyle after the fast. No one can go back to their same routine and patters and expect different results. Change is difficult, but taking steps is a great start and finding someone or something to help know where to start is sometimes the biggest factor to success.

Recipes to get you started

Taher’s team of nutritionists and chefs have a few starting points if you’re looking to eat healthily and well this new year.

And of course, we can’t forget desserts.

Calories: 150, Total Fat: 3.5 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Unsaturated Fat: 0.5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 4 mg, Carb: 31g, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 21 g, Protein 2 g

Mango frosty


Serves 4

3 banana

2 cups of mango

¼ cup coconut milk (unsweetened)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Lime (juice)


Thinly sliced banana and freeze for 1 hour. Chunk fresh mango and freeze for 1 hour.

In food blender mix all ingredients together. You’ll need to stop and stir several times.

Eat right away.  

Dietitian Melanie Wirth

Dietitian Melanie Wirth has worked at Taher for over 15 years. She graduated from the University of MN, Twin Cities with a degree in nutrition. She also worked in healthcare early in her career and moved into the food business due to her passion to promote health and wellness to people at the source.