Happy New Year! Resolutions, smoothies, and more.

December Recap:

Wow December was quite busy, filled with outdoor adventures, holiday festivities, and some much needed family time. I got to travel home (briefly) for the holiday, and although there wasn’t any snow, I couldn’t have been happier to be home.

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Bear Mountain State Park

Before heading home I continued my outdoor explorations in California.

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Seacliff State Beach
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S.S. Palo Alto

New Year’s Plans:

What’s in store for the new year?

Resolutions:

Every year I make resolutions. These are general things I want to work on regarding self-improvement, skills to work on, bad habits to kick, etc. This past year I wrote down my resolutions and made them a part of my computer background. That way I saw them everyday, reminding myself what I wanted to work toward. Going through them today, I can genuinely say I completed or made significant progress on all of them.

My resolutions for 2016 include some dietary and exercise changes, modifications to my morning routine, volunteering more, and joining more social groups.

Tips for making (and keeping) resolutions:

  1. You don’t need to wait for a new year to ditch old habits and self-improve.
  2. Make your resolutions realistic so you’ll actually stick with them. You can start small and slowly build up to reach a larger goal over the course of the year.
  3. Consider measurable resolutions that you can track, rather than more abstract goals.
  4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you slip up, just get back up and keep on going.

Rebuilding the microbiome

The past few days I’ve been having a lot of homemade smoothies (see recipes below) in an attempt to flush out the sugar from some extra Christmas cookies and start rebuilding my microbiome. I recently read the book “Microbiome” by Robynne Chutkan. It was a fantastic read about how the pounds (yes pounds) of bacteria living in our guts impact our health.

The science on the topic is ever emerging, and extremely interesting. The author documents lots of ways to rebuild your microbiome, essentially letting the good bacteria repopulate. Consuming prebiotics (i.e. fiber) and plant-based probiotics (fermented foods) is the way to do it.

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Smoothie time!

Some smoothies I made:

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Super Green Smoothie (romaine, celery, cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon, cinnamon)
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Beet Apple Smoothie (beet, carrot, apple, ginger, lemon, cinnamon)

Pineapple banana green smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 2 handfuls kale
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 tbl chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth in high speed blender (I use a Vitamix).

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