New year resolutions: simple & specific is the trick

Cook more! Especially plant-based meals

Cook more! Especially plant-based meals

There's something super sweet and optimistic about the notion that each year we can become a better version of ourselves. The key to making resolutions stick, I find, is to be super specific. Here are a few suggestion that can really matter to your health this year: 

Cook more: Whatever you make, chances are your home-made dish will have fewer calories, less salt, and it certainly won't contain industrialized ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Try my Mediterranean Bake

Eat more plants: swapping meat and animal products for veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts and legumes may fight off type 2 diabetes. A recent study found that eating a healthy version of a plant-based diet was linked with a 34% lower diabetes risk, and even if you just lower animal food consumption — from 5-6 servings per week to about 4 — it lowers diabetes incidence

Add 10-20% to your physical activity: Whether it's a longer walk, 10 more minutes on the treadmill, an additional yoga practice every other week, a 5 minute ab routine twice a week -- you'll know that you're measurably more fit this year

Lastly, I want to share another one of my personal promises to myself: I will try to not let my phone disturb my reading. I have come to realize how much the enticing sea of information and connectivity this wonderful/horrible device offers have affected my delight in concentrating and immersing myself with reading. Do you struggle with the distracted mind caused by digital media? Any suggestions?

Happy 2017! May this be a peaceful, healthy year.

Dr. Ayala