I want to teach you how to set New Year’s health goals for gut healing. 

In case you missed the first part of this, check out 11 Gut Healing New Year’s Goals to Set.

I’m fairly certain you’ll find your goal in that list. Once you have found it, come back to this post to learn how you’ll see it come alive.

In order to show you how this plays out, I’m using myself and my 2019 goal as the example. Remember from the previous post I told you that at the end of 2018 I set just one gut healing goal for this year,

Do not relapse. Keep healthy and well. Make this the first year ever for achieving perfect gut health.

Because I achieved it and know the joy that came from achieving it, I want to share the steps.

How to Set New Year’s Health Goals for Gut Healing

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Things I Did to Set New Year’s Goals for Gut Healing

These are the concrete things I did in 2019 (many of which I still do today). 

Set realistic goals

My gut was functioning at 100% for the last several months of 2018. So I knew that it was a realistic goal to set for a whole year with no relapse.

If the goal you set is not realistic, not only will you not be motivated to achieve it, but when you don’t achieve it, you’ll feel like a failure. (And you’re not.)

But also big goals

However, a whole year with no relapse is also a very big goal. If you or anyone you know has ever dealt with SIBO, you know that going a whole year sans-relapse is very hard. But I set it anyways.

Here’s the thing about setting big goals – even if you don’t 100% hit them, getting close is still a major feat.

Besides, what’s a goal without making it a little extra?!

Create a vision board

I have created one of these now since 2017. They are critical, in my opinion, because they allow for time to sit back and reflect on what you truly want.

And then, you get to put it all together in one place to gaze at daily.

I am so passionate about the vision board that I am constantly teaching and preaching about them. In fact, I teach in-person workshops around the why and how to create a Vision Board.

I’m now offering this to you, as well, via an online presentation if you’re interested.


I don’t care what kind of journal you keep. You could do a Bullet Journal, Gratitude Journal, general journal, etc. It doesn’t matter.

But if you’re serious about making your big gut-healing goal come alive, I strongly urge you to not skip this step. In fact, I’m so confident in this one, that I have already created the journal for you, if you want to take advantage of it.

The physical journal is my fave (and beautiful), but there is also an e-version (downloadable PDF) that you can get HERE.

BTW – the journal comes with a mini vision board page.


Supplement preparation

Yes, keeping healthy and well without relapsing did include supplements for me. You may or may not need this one, depending on your goals.

If you do, though, be sure to bookmark the Master Gutsy Links document HERE because every single supplement I’ve ever used on my healing journey and brand recommendation can be found via the ‘Supplements’ tab.

The ones I have prepared and ready at all times for the beginning of each new year include : 

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And also, some like….


I’m talking about all kinds of therapy. You name it, I probably did it.

Here are the ones I did: foot massage, body massage, verbal therapy (in person therapist and Natalie Ehmka via Zoom), breathing sessions, retreats, and more.

For my personal gut healing goal, these were tactics I needed to employ.

Yours might be the same or different, but I can guarantee one or all will greatly help.

Set small goals

Even if you have a realistic, yet big goal, you’ll need the small wins to keep you going. I had many. For little things, I’d make stars on the daily page of my journal.

When I hit a month with no symptoms, I would reward with XYZ. XYZ because it was always changing.

Also, for me, the reward was the accomplishment.

No gut problems eating the way I desired? That was all I really needed. You’ll see that someday, too. For now, maybe once you get test A completed, you reward yourself with a new journal or lipstick 🙂 I don’t know what makes you tick, but you do!

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Things I Did Not Do to Set New Year’s Goals for Gut Healing

This next list are things I did not do, but believe could be crucial for you with the gut-healing goal(s) you choose. 

Watch a TED talk

Not only might a TED talk inspire you, but you might also learn a ton.

HERE you’ll find many gut-related TED talks.

I’d love to give a TED talk one day – maybe on my gut-healing pillars or the ARRT + PRESSing on methods

Know someone who can help me pitch this?!

Organize the kitchen. Pantry sweep

This wasn’t something I needed to do this past year, but I do this one most years.

Anyways, if you know that your gut needs massive healing, then I’ll be honest – things like gluten, dairy, sugar, and highly-processed foods might need to be ditched.

Make note that I did not say you can never have it. I just don’t think it should make up 3/4 of your kitchen and pantry.

Get it all cleaned out, and your goal will be far easier to reach.

In case you need some resources and help getting started, here you go:

I didn’t see my functional doctor once in 2019. Hard to believe I can actually say that, but it’s true.

If you’re needing to heal your gut, though, I recommend you get in for those tests ASAP (especially if you still aren’t sure what’s wrong). Remember, test, don’t guess.

Shameless plug, yes, but I truly believe that I have created so many helpful resources for this community. And I desperately want 2023 to be YOUR year.

If you’re ready, Gut Healing for Beginners is the answer. Learn all about Gut Healing for Beginners!

Either devote the time and/or money (which is minimal) to learn all you can, soak up the information, and then apply it to your life and your journey.

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Okay, let that be your guide to how to set New Year’s health goals for gut healing. 

I know you’re going to have questions. Leave them in the comments below so I can address for you!

If you liked this post, you might also enjoy:

  1. SMART Goals Template
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  3. How to Get Motivated


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  1. Sarah,

    Diagnosed with Hydrogen SIBO for a year now, having symptoms for three. Question about the supplements you used for 2019, did you use all of them daily or whenever you felt the need? I am finishing up my Amoxicillin antibiotics as Rifaximin is outrageously expensive in the US. Hoping it cleared most of the bacteria out and I am looking for preventative measures like the supplements you listed.

    Thanks 🙂

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