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Get 2018 off to a Healthy Start with Ironwood Dietitians

Happy New Year from the Ironwood Dietitians. We hope 2018 brings health and happiness. A new year is also a time of renewal. A New Year’s resolution does not necessarily mean one has to make major lifestyle changes. Even a small improvement in your diet can help you get off to a healthy start.

New Year’s Challenges from the Ironwood Dietitians

  1. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Even one extra fruit or vegetable per day is great.
  2. Purchase lean, fresh meats. 93/7 ground beef, and lean chicken breasts are far better for you than processed lunch meats and frozen meals.  Red meat in moderation is not harmful as long as you choose the leanest meat possible.
  3. Increase fiber in your diet as tolerated. Whole grain bread, Triscuits, nuts, berries, bran, fruits, and vegetables.  Speak with your provider before making any dietary changes especially if your blood counts are low and are on active chemotherapy.  
  4. Monitor the sodium in your diet and limit to 3000-4,000 mg of sodium per day. This helps control your blood pressure, reduces breathing difficulties and will help reduce water retention in your feet and hands. If you try sodium substitutes like Mrs. Dash, you may put away your salt shaker for good.
  5. Use low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
  6. Increase activity as tolerated.  Walking and other forms of physically activity help your body, heart, and lungs.
  7. Click on the links below.

Quiz:  How Healthy is Your Diet?

NAP Challenge

Healthy Recipes from American Institute of Cancer Research

Choose My Plate

The American Institute for Cancer Research


If you have any questions regarding your diet please contact an Ironwood dietitian.

Kindra Peterson, RD
West Valley Locations
Avondale, Glendale, Phoenix, and Scottsdale


Jessa Zuck, MS, RDN
East Valley Locations
Chandler, Gilbert, and Mesa


Remember even one small change is beneficial.

Make 2018 your healthiest year yet!