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.
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 have linked to previous vision boards below. There is even a version if you want to do a digital and/or mini one.
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.
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 :
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!
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.
Organize the kitchen. Pantry sweep
This wasn’t something I needed to do this past year, but I do this one most years. In fact, I might need to do it again for 2020 – but for my Gutsy Child, Isaiah. 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 didn’t say you can never have it, I just don’t think it should make up 3/4 of your kitchen and pantry. Get it cleaned out, and your goal will be far easier to reach.
Make that doctor’s appointment
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.
If this is the only goal you set for 2020, this how-to step is critical. Check out The Beginner’s Guide to Digestive Health Testing HERE. Please let me know if you have questions. I understand that this could be a mammoth goal you set, but it is realistic and critical. By the way, HERE is a list of 37 questions you might want to ask at your appointment.
Shameless plug, yes, but I truly believe that I have created so many helpful resources for this community. And I desperately want 2020 to be YOUR year.
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.
- Come hang out with the (FREE) 12 Months of Whole Healing experiment
- Get yourself my 90-day gut healing journal, Healing Blooms from Within (it’s inspiration and practical healing help all-in-0ne)
- Read and bookmark this blog, agutsygirl.com (it’s FREE!)
- Grab a copy of The Leaky Gut Meal Plan: 4 Weeks to Detox and Improve Digestive Health
- Read The Gutsy Girl’s Bible
- Indulge in your weekly dose of all things gut health and healing by joining the Rated-G Email Club HERE (also FREE!)
- Go on a FREE 21-Day Gut Healing Inspiration Journey HERE (yes, again FREE!)
- Get a copy of A Gutsy Girl’s Master Resource
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!
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You will heal. I will help.