No matter how much you may want to make healthy choices, there’s always an excuse. Too busy, too expensive to eat organically, too lazy and tonnes more. My advice is to start small and build up to a healthier, happier lifestyle. Most people fail doing this long term because they throw themselves into the deep end; only drinking juices and working out 7 days a week. It’s just not sustainable. So here’s 15 habits I have conjured to help kick start your new lifestyle.
1. Start your day with a cold glass of water. Sleeping for 7+ hours with no food or water leaves your body feeling pretty dehydrated to say the least, so drinking a healthy glass of H20 helps to regain that hydration. It also helps to kickstart your metabolism, and you will naturally eat less as the high volume of water will make your stomach feel full already.
2. Don’t snooze your alarm. As impossible as getting up in the morning is, snoozing for an extra 10 minutes will not start your day right. Waking up immediately will prepare you for the day ahead and will not leave you with that awful foggy headache you get from snoozing your alarm a few too many times.
3. Take regular time out for yourself. Having some downtime with your own thoughts does wonders for the soul. If you have a spare 15 minutes, sit a read a book, or a magazine with a cup of tea, or take the dog out for a walk and listen to some music. Do something you enjoy. This will improve your mood, and help you destress and refocus.
4. Too tired to cook dinner? Avoid takeaway and find friendship in stews and soups. You can find hearty, healthy and delicious homemade soups at your local supermarket for only a few pounds. They are packed with vitamins and nutrients and are super filling. Eat along side a roll or your favourite type of fresh bread, your taste buds and your body will thank you for it.
5. Replace a meal with a juice or smoothie. Fruit and vegetable smoothies give you all the nutrients and energy you need to power through the day, but going cold turkey and only living on juices is impossible. That’s why I recommend incorporating one into your meals, or as a snack to get you through to dinner.
6. Move around. Take the stairs, not the lift. Walk if it’s not too far. Move around as much as possible and exercise when you can. Even if it’s just doing some sit ups or star jumps whilst watching the new X Factor or Geordie Shore. It will increase your mood, balance, strength and confidence.
7. Veggies are your best friend. Unlike fruit, vegetables have no sugar content whatsoever. There is no such thing as too many. Incorporate vegetables into as many meals and snacks as you can. Your body needs it. (I recommend carrots/cucumbers/celery with some humous!)
8. Take care of your skin. I put my hand up in shame that I do not keep up with a good skin care routine because I always try and make it too complicated, so just using make-up wipes to clean my face is tempting. Keep it simple, make sure your face is squeaky clean morning and night, then gradually find products that work best for you.
9. Make a packed lunch. Because you did not snooze your alarm this morning, use your time to make your own lunch to bring to school, work or uni. It will save you money and will prevent you from caving in to the canteen’s carb filled lunch treats.
10. De-clutter as regularly as possible. Tidy space, tidy mind. If you are stressed and overwhelmed, having a stressful and messy environment will make everything seem worse than it is. So keep your work space as tidy as possible to avoid unnecessary stress.
What are your top tips for a healthy, happy lifestyle?