Setting health goals is among the most popular resolutions come the New Year. But here is an alarming stat – out of the 45% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% will actually keep them! Goals and resolutions can be very powerful, but they have to be done strategically and with purpose for them to have an impact on your life, especially when it comes to your health.
When you’re setting goals, they need to be what I call ‘SMART’ goals – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound. For example, a common goal I see with my patients this time of year is weight loss. To accomplish your goal, you need to know exactly how much weight you are going to lose, and you want to create a date of when you want to lose the weight by. A goal without a timeline is only a wish. Once you have that nailed down, you need a create a MAP (Massive Action Plan), or the strategy to get you there. The more specific you can get with your strategy the better, because a non-specific goal is like a ship without its rudder.
Next, your goals need to be something that compel you so much that no obstacle can get in the way of you reaching those goals. This is why 80% of your success is your WHY, and 20% is the strategy. If your why is big enough, failure is not an option, so it’s crucial that you become crystal clear on why your goal is so important for you to obtain.
Lastly, your goals should never be about deprivation. Removing something from your life that you enjoy will only cause resentment, and a sure-fire way to sabotage your goal. When you add instead of take-away, not only will you get healthier, but you will do so in a way that will sustain itself, and this is crucial so that you don’t fall into that dreaded yo-yo syndrome again. Here are some of my favorite health habits to alkalize your life in the New Year!
Here are 17 simple habits you can add to your life in 2017. Choose just one as your new goal, START IT NOW, and make sure to be consistent with it until you move on to the next one.
Have a green smoothie for breakfast every day for a week.
Drink one more glass of filtered, alkaline water (add a lemon or lime slice) each day.
Try to cook one new, yummy alkaline recipe each week.
Add hemp, flax, or chia seeds to at least one meal every day.
Go raw! Eat more raw foods or cook under 118 degrees Fahrenheit. You can do this by doing a flash steam or sauté, where you cook your vegetable in 4 minutes or less.
Eat more meals at home instead of eating out or ordering in. It’s easier to eat healthy, nourishing foods at home.
Make a habit of having an afternoon snack of fresh veggies and hummus – cucumbers, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, or whatever your favorites are.
Cook using coconut oil instead of vegetable or olive oils, which both turn into unhealthy trans fats when cooking.
Gradually replace junk foods and fast foods with alkaline foods. The more you eat them, the more you’ll want to eat them. For example, swap out a junk snack for a healthy alkaline snack like a celery stick with raw almond butter and hemp seeds.
Eat more greens! Go for either spinach, kale, watercress, Swiss chard, or another dark leafy green every day.
Make sure you are getting some good healthy fats in your diet each and every time you have fruit to balance out the sugar. Avocado, hemp seeds, or coconut are great sources of good-for-you fat.
Start making pitchers of spa water to have on hand all the time with your favorite combinations of lemons, limes, grapefruit, or cucumber.
Replace meat in your meals with hearty, substantial veggies a couple of times a week.
Add one more gym or workout session in each week.
Eat your favorite alkaline veggies one additional time per week – you already love it, so why not eat it a little more?
Add a rainbow salad to two meals each day. Rainbow means all colors of the vegetables spectrum including red bell pepper, cucumbers, sprouts, celery, beet root, carrots, etc.
The best thing about any of these habits you start is that they’re going to make you feel great – and once you feel great, you’re not going to want to go back!
Commit to the alkaline diet with this meal plan, thens tock your pantry with these essentials.