Have you set your New Years Resolutions? Better yet- are you sticking to your resolutions? Most resolutions include:
- Eating “healthier”
- Exercising more
- Losing weight
According to studies- only around 8% of people actually fulfill their New Years Resolutions.8%?!?! Why do you think that is? There are many reasons, including: many of the resolutions are so far from reality that the gap is too large to overcome, they are not specific enough, or that you haven’t made the necessary mental changes in order to envision what your goals are.
If your New Years resolution is health related, ask yourself these questions to get some clarity:
What specifically is my goal?
More energy? More mental clarity? Better sleep? Improved Longevity? Balanced blood sugar? Be as specific as you can be! (“Healthier” wont cut it). The more specific you are, the more your brain seeks out to find this new You!
What are your steps to get to your goal?
This is an important step that most miss. Set aside small habits daily that set yourself up for success. Maybe it’s waking up 15 minutes earlier, or scheduling time to cook dinner, or setting a budget to spend at the grocery store.
Track your progress!
Have something in your house visible that can tell you where you are at along your path- the visual will help remind you and keep you focused.
Change your mindset!
Think in the future, if you actually had what you are seeking (more energy, better sleep, etc)-how would that person act? Would they be more joyous? More relaxed? More focused? BE that right now! When you start acting as if you already have it- your brain will seek ways to make sure you get it.
If you are looking for a health-related resolution, why not make it something that will last not only for a week, or month, or even a year, but for years after: Heal your GUT to take your body and life back.
Your gut is the center of your body, the control center of SO many vital functions of your body. From your immune system, to your brain chemicals, to digestion and your skin—almost every process in the body has some roots in the gut. So if you feel off, are wanting more energy, want a sharper mind, want to sleep better, to fight off more colds and flus, to live longer and happier—then start your new year right by addressing your GUT!
- What are you feeding your gut with? Is your diet consist of processed foods? Sugar? Conventional dairy or gluten? These foods can wreck a gut- and quickly! An easy way to start cleaning your gut out is to watch the food you eat. Whole, unprocessed foods are what feed the good bacteria in your gut- so start there!
- Taken antibiotics before? Eaten a less than perfect diet? Live on planet earth? Then you could benefit from probiotics! These are great probiotics to start balancing your gut, boosting your immune system, and balancing your brain:
- Still trying to figure everything out? Keep track of any symptoms you may have. If you can piece together some triggers(foods, stress, toxins…), then great! If you are still having trouble, reach out to a Functional Medicine practitioner so they can help walk you through cleaning up your gut!