One of my goals for the New Year is to feed my gut good bacteria!
(Here is a link to a New York Times article about this: http://http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/well/eat/a-gut-makeover-for-the-new-year.html?_r=0.)
Good bacteria thrive on veggies, while bad bacteria love sweets, so I have been replacing holiday sweets with lots of veggies. In these first few days of the new year I’ve been eating a lot of homemade veggie soup, salads jam-packed with all color of vegetables, and fruit-veggie smoothes (my favorite was a beautiful red and contained strawberries, beet, ginger, and lemon). So far I feel great and don’t miss the sweets. A key to continuing this will be to plan out my meals a week in advance, and shop twice a week to make sure I have all the ingredients on hand.