After the holiday indulgence, many RD’s find that January is one of the busiest times of the year. As those with New Years Resolutions to lose weight seek the help of professionals, you might see your calendar filling up with appointments. To manage the rush, stay on task and help as many people as possible, we’ve found some resources that may help. In the tech field we call these little tips and tricks “hacks” but you can call them whatever you’d like.
1. The Ultimate Planner
Maybe you haven’t yet mastered Google Calendar or, if you’re like me, events seem to mysteriously disappear from your iCal. Prevent this from happening with a paper planner. Real Simple came out with a list of awesome planners a few years ago that lends nicely to 2015 and Bustle just did a round as well. Studies have shown that we remember things better when we write them down, so it’s no shock that paper and pen can prevail over a busy schedule. My personal favorite is the Moleskine Color a Month Daily Planner (pictured above) – it's small enough that you can toss it in your bag without much added weight, bright enough that you can find it when you need it and simple enough that you stay organized with little hassle.
Every year the holiday season comes around and, in the spirit of giving, I find myself thinking about which charities I could donate money to. Sometimes it has to do with current events – different health scares, perhaps – or causes close to my heart like women’s rights and nutrition. This year I’m even donating to the addictive This American Life spinoff series “Serial” which needs additional funding to complete a second season.
Too many times though funds that are contributed to nonprofits don’t end up going where we want them to go. They get twisted and turned until they end up tacked on to a CEO’s Christmas bonus instead of causing the change we want seen. Instead of donating to these causes, we wanted to give you some other options. These are some startups that are doing amazing things and could use your financial backing.
1. Community Plates
What it is: This organization is committed to ending food insecurity in America by moving surplus food from restaurants, markets and caterers to those in need using technology and volunteer manpower.
Why we like it: Now in 5 cities, Community Plates offers a unique and modern solution to food waste. It keeps costs down by directly transferring food through food runners and partner agencies. We like its efficiency, scalability and effectiveness in 5 cities already!
How to donate: http://communityplates.org/donate/. Donate your time or money to help!
Many people see the holiday season as a time of overindulgence, and with good reason. Holiday parties are accompanied by an abundance of high calorie snacks and drinks. Even worse, they can throw a wrench into your normal schedule, which keeps you from meeting your weekly fitness goals.
But, if your client is serious about that New Years resolution to lose some weight, run a half marathon or get in shape, the holidays are a great time to ask for workout treats they may have been ogling. From Fitbits to yoga classes, gifts that inspire health are truly the gifts that keep on giving. Here are our favorite picks and ones you might want to advise your client to avoid in order from "love it!" to "eh."