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New Year’s Resolutions

I found this list on the Dr. Oz website that sets up some great guidelines for a healthier new you: http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/16-steps-new-you-new-year#

Dr. Oz’s list is great because it’s easy to stick to–add 15 minutes of deep breathing before bed every night, drink a kale smoothie once a week (I still think these are gross), go to a yoga class once a week, schedule your annual doctor visit, find a great multivitamin. There are 16 items listed; incorporate one a week and you’ll be healthier in as little as four months.

Use this Oz-approved grocery list as a guide, and don’t buy foods not listed here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/100-foods-dr-oz-wants-your-shopping-cart. I also recommend watching his show a couple times a week to learn more about your health and pick up great tips (if you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of the guy!). He stresses the importance of knowing your body. Calculating your BMI and BMR are great ways to start. Your BMI will give you a general idea of how healthy your weight is, although it’s not always accurate so don’t flip if it categorizes you as overweight. Your BMR will tell you how many calories you need to function, taking into account your weight, height, and activity level. You can take quizzes online to determine your metabolism type. You can measure your waist and blood pressure just about anytime if you have access to a drugstore and a tape measure. Using this information, you can make realistic and possibly life-saving goals for the new year.

BMI calculator

BMR calculator

Metabolism type

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