100 Resolutions for 2011

It’s time to bid farewell to 2010 and welcome 2011. The new year is a chance to challenge ourselves with resolutions to do something better – whether it’s spending more time with family, exercising more, or eating fewer potato chips. We’re commemorating the new year and our 100th blog post with a list of 100 GoodGuide-approved ideas for your New Year’s resolution.

Sometimes resolutions can be daunting, so we prefer to think of the new year as an opportunity to make small changes. Don’t worry about failing to meet your resolution, because the experience itself will change some of your habits. If you’re serious about New Year’s resolutions though, we recommend tying measurable goals to a resolution. Feel free to make items on the list below week-long or month-long resolutions, if that’ll make them more attainable. See you on the other side of 2010!

  1. Eat vegetarian once a week.
  2. Use less energy, a la No Impact Man.
  3. Go on a clothing diet.
  4. Go on a serious clothing diet.
  5. Taste what your kids eat at school.
  6. Use less plastic.
  7. Shop the supermarket perimeter.
  8. Buy foods with fewer than five ingredients.
  9. Cook with a new vegetable every month.
  10. Be hungry for knowledge.
  11. Lunch on salad three times a week.
  12. Reduce your monthly energy bill.
  13. Switch to eco-friendly paper.
  14. Shop daily deals with PureCitizen.
  15. Track your eating habits.
  16. Get rid of your phantom load.
  17. Kick bottled water for good.
  18. Car-pool or mass transit it more.
  19. Start composting.
  20. Give up plastic bags.
  21. Give up paper towels. If that’s too much, see #13.
  22. Volunteer.
  23. Install solar panels.
  24. Support results-oriented campaigns.
  25. Switch to certified coffee.
  26. Skip the dishwasher’s dry-cycle. Air dry instead.
  27. Turn off the tap.
  28. Plant native species in your garden.
  29. Dine on sustainable seafood.
  30. Get your omega 3s.
  31. Shop from bulk bins.
  32. Gift green for birthdays and holidays.
  33. Ask more questions.
  34. Remember that one person’s trash is another’s treasure.
  35. Drink less soda.
  36. Make your own beauty products. Not ready? Use GoodGuide.
  37. Try making your own cleaning products. Not ready? Use GoodGuide.
  38. Start a “conscious consumer” book club.
  39. Grow your own food.
  40. Teach the next generation.
  41. Throw eco-friendly parties.
  42. Pay bills online.
  43. Watch less TV.
  44. Voice opinions with your congressperson.
  45. Share your thoughts with companies.
  46. Plan an eco-friendly trip.
  47. Get a green job.
  48. Turn off your work computer every evening.
  49. Make vitamin D.
  50. Eat less junk.
  51. Wear less makeup.
  52. Watch a documentary. Or two.
  53. Serve seasonal food.
  54. Put in low-flow showerheads.
  55. Seal ducts.
  56. Vote.
  57. Gift a charity donation.
  58. Read a book. Or two.
  59. Snack more healthfully.
  60. Recycle (properly).
  61. Send e-cards.
  62. Buy food without high fructose corn syrup.
  63. Smile more.
  64. Skip dessert more often. Except during the holidays.
  65. Get enough sleep.
  66. Experiment with new grains.
  67. Learn more about your food.
  68. Eat fewer potato chips (we weren’t kidding).
  69. Run a half marathon.
  70. Join a movement.
  71. Take more photos.
  72. Waste less food.
  73. Eat more vegetables.
  74. Go brown.
  75. Drink less FourLoko.
  76. Cook with spices, not salt.
  77. Don’t be afraid to cry.
  78. Convince your landlord to paint the roof white.
  79. Take back your lunch.
  80. Floss daily.
  81. Eat breakfast every day.
  82. Smell nice.
  83. Make your house smell nice.
  84. Use sunscreen.
  85. Have fruit for dessert.
  86. Start a blog.
  87. Learn how to make your favorite restaurant dish.
  88. Tell others what inspires you.
  89. Advocate for transparency.
  90. Host a “local foods only” potluck.
  91. Drink less alcohol.
  92. Spend more time outdoors. See #71.
  93. Save a tree or two.
  94. Know how to interpret food claims.
  95. Be less of a dirtbag.
  96. Drink more water.
  97. Offer to do the dishes more often.
  98. Find your inner kid.
  99. Perfect a new pasta recipe.
  100. Show others why GoodGuide is important.

About Sheila Viswanathan

Sheila Viswanathan focuses on educating individuals on how to make healthier dietary choices. She received her doctoral degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and is certified as a registered dietitian.
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