Dr. Beatriz Olson’s suggestions for a healthy and happy 2018.
- What you eat creates either healthy or unhealthy bacteria inside your gut: your microbiome.
- Whole and fresh foods and good fats support a healthy microbiome. Examples: lots of green and colorful veggies and fruits, seeds and nuts, olives, coconut, avocado, small fish.
- Processed and “fast foods” encourage bacteria that make you hungrier, heavier, inflamed, anxious, depressed, and your bowels irritable. Examples of such are mass-produced beef and fats, fried or cured, wheat-based things, or foods and drinks laced with corn syrup.
- Allow 2-3 hours between dinner and sleep, and 12 hours between dinner and breakfast. No snacking.
- Schedule exercise every day: consider any of walking, yoga, and high impact training.
- Sleep 7 hours. If you snore check to see if you have sleep apnea. Melatonin helps sleep be more restorative and re-establishes loss of circadian rhythm. Phone and computer screen light before bed time delay sleep onset.
- Brush and floss to keep gum inflammation to a minimum. Brush your skin or get massage or hugs.
- Check your posture as you work, walk, drive, and hang out.
- Take time to be quietly with yourself; feel being in your body and the rhythm of your breath.
- Be with people that are nurturing to you, with whom you can be who you are.
- Do not accept negative self-talk or negative input from people, news-networks and internet.
- Send positive energy to all, including the difficult people in your life.
- Be mindful of the intentions behind your behaviors. Take responsibility for you.
- Aim for impeccable speech when you speak or write. Express gratitude generously.
- Practice right action. How would you like your obituary to read?
- Try and do your best with your work, your family, and friends. Find inspiring mentors.
- Be kind to all, particularly the innocent, the weak, the impoverished. Protect them.
- Practice being and doing more with less.
- Be compassionate and forgiving of yourself. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes, poor choices, and carry some childhood trauma that holds us back. Challenge and let go of old thinking patterns that interfere with your fearlessness. Don’t miss the chance to express in this life all that you are meant to do.