Happy New Year! The beginning of the year is always a great time to focus on our health and look at (visualize) what we see for these coming months. Change is challenging and yet most of us know what we can do to live more healthfully and to have greater results in our health and vitality, as well as, our work, relationships and finances.

The following ten Resolutions are what I have put together for 2012. What are yours? Many of mine encompass whole areas of my life, while some are quite specific. We want actions that we can actually accomplish, and of course, we want to do our best to achieve staying healthy.

  1. I make caring for my health a priority in my life. My other top priorities are caring for others in my world and doing a quality job in my work.
  2. I find and do the right exercise program for my body to stay (or get) fit and trim, and stick with it to promote flexibility, strength, and endurance for life.
  3. I eat a balanced diet of wholesome foods for my weight and body type (to maintain or achieve an optimum level).
  4. I am aware of my food and substance weaknesses and abuses such as sugar, caffeine, or alcohol, and I take steps to avoid them or use them sparingly. From January into the warmer springtime is an ideal detoxification period, depending on your climate and body warmth. See my book, The New Detox Diet for more information.
  5. Since I personally have struggled with my own weight (because I just love food), here are my five specialized resolutions for keeping my body trim:
    • I drink plenty of good, clean water, at least two quarts daily.
    • I focus my diet around vegetables, which are nutritious and low in calories.
    • I chew my food well. By eating more slowly, I feel more satisfied and nourished with less food and experience better digestion.
    • I eat minimally or not at all after nightfall and ideally eat my main nutritious meals at breakfast, at midday, or by 6 PM.
    • I exercise regularly to burn calories, enhance my circulation and stay positive and fit.
  6. I allow myself enough sleep to rest my body nightly, thus recharging my batteries and supporting my immune strength to protect me from illness.
  7. I take appropriate nutritional/herbal supplements for my body’s ideal function and health. See my book Staying Healthy with Nutrition for more information.
  8. I maintain an attitude of health in caring for and loving my body such that I will follow healthy habits year around. My body is my only lifelong possession and I treat it in a loving way.
  9. I pay attention to my emotions and stresses, and continue to develop non-aggressive ways to express my feelings and let go of stress.
  10. I ask others, especially loved ones and co-workers, what they need from me and I do what I can to support them. Likewise, I let them know what I need as appropriate to each life situation. In other words, I care for others and allow them to care for me.

Elson M. Haas, MD

Elson M. Haas, MD is a medical practitioner with nearly 40 years experience in patient care, always with in an interest in natural medicine. For the past 30 years, he has been instrumental in the development and practice of Integrated Medicine at the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (PMCM), which he founded in 1984 and where he is the Medical Director. Dr Haas has been perfecting a model of healthcare that integrates sophisticated Western diagnostics and Family Medicine with time-honored natural therapies from around the world.

This educating, writing doctor is also the author of many books including Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine, 21st Century Edition, The NEW Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality with Recipes, Menus, & Detox Plans and more. Visit his website for more information on his work, books and to sign up for his newsletter.