TODAY | January 05, 2013
>>> the beginning of the year can be a great time to lay out plans to get fit and feel better. i recently sat down with dr. mehmet oz to discuss the simple steps we think all -- we can take it live healthy in 2013 . my 2012 resolution was to get more sleep. you know, i haven't done a good job. how detrimental is lack of sleep?
>> lester, the most underappreciated health tool we have is sleep. sleep is the main way we generate growth hormone in our body. growth hormone gives us vitality, especially as we age.
>> after a good night's sleep, it's important to fuel up, says dr. oz.
>> have protein for breakfast. egg is my favorite choice. inexpensive, so darn good for you.
>> and dr. oz's next resolution confirms what your mother has been saying all along -- you've got to eat your vegetables.
>> i would make sure half my plate at every meal i eat is full of vegetables.
>> dr. oz gets much of his vegetable servings each day through his signature green drink . a cocktail of fruits, vegetables, and even herbs which he promised me tasted better than it looked.
>> 11 ingredients total, simple to do. when you're done, you have liquid gold .
>> there we go.
>> be honest.
>> no lie. it's good.
>> i think i saw a smile on his face.
>> i did.
>> this is incredible.
>> the key to making resolutions work, says dr. oz, is to make them as specific and realistic as possible.
>> a big fan of new year's resolutions. a lot of folks think they're hokey. but half the time roughly you'll still be doing the resolution by summer. they actually do work.
>> spending time with dr. oz is like watching a bunch of shows at once. very inspiring guy.
>> what's in the green drink ?
>> let me see if i can remember -- 11 things. spinach, celery, mint, parsley, cucumber, i think lemon, lime, orange, something else, something else --
>> no, pineapple. he actually likes ginger, but it's sharp tasting. he puts pineapple in it. and it overrides it a bit. it makes a good tasting drink and pretty much everything you need is in there. carrots, that was another one in there. you can see more on "dateline" sunday, tomorrow night, 7:00, 6:00 central time on nbc.
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