Friday, January 2, 2015

5 Health Resolutions for 2015

This post originally appeared on Have Your Health, a past blog of mine active from 2013-14.

Happy New Year everyone! I make resolutions on my personal blog every year (creating this blog was actually one of them from 2014!), so it's only logical that I make health-specific resolutions here. So I'm just going to jump right into it below; John will be posting his resolutions on Tuesday.

2015 Health Resolutions

  • Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet.
I want to continue adding more whole foods to my diet, eating mostly plants, and cutting out the processed things that I still eat. This won't happen over night, but rather slow, gradual progression is the way to go for me when it comes to diet changes.

In order to make this goal more concrete and measurable, I'm resolving to either cut out one processed food or add one new whole food to my diet every month.
  • Exercise at least 3x a week; gain muscle.
If you recall, even my Korean traditional medicine doctor said I needed to gain muscle when I had my Eastern medicine experience last summer. So this past fall, I was taking three classes a week: two days of Pilates and one of Zumba.

That session of classes ended mid-December, but I've signed up for two fitness classes this session: "Shape" and Pilates. So then it'll be up to me to work out at least one other day a week in order to get the third time in (though more is obviously welcome).
  • Post once a week on Have Your Health.
Since it will keep my focus and help me progress, plus something I learn could hopefully help someone else, I'll continue to post here weekly on Thursdays during 2015.
  • Read one book or watch one documentary a month, and share what I learn/gain.
Reading all of the health-related books I read last year really helped keep whole foods on my mind, and changed my thoughts about food. To keep this up, I need to constantly be reminded of these things, and the best way for me has been by reading a book or watching a documentary. And then I'll have more to write about here! Win-win.
  • Improve digestion; heal gut.
This last one should be at the top if I were ordering by importance. It's currently vague, though, because I don't know what I should try next or what will work, but I need to keep trying. It's a bit disheartening that despite all my knowledge and diet changes, I can't tell a difference from a year ago, but I can't let that negativity impede my efforts.

I've had a new problem with the BMs surface three times in the past month, something not good (hint: red!) that I had once a year and a half ago, but I'm hoping it'll just go away on its own, and that there's no serious cause.

And on that happy note, what are your health resolutions for 2015? Any suggestions on how to reach mine?
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