Sunday 28th October LIVE – Staying Healthy Edit

We all lead such busy fast paced lives these days that we often forget to take a step back to assess how we are feeling. It’s only until something happens that we often consider making changes. But here’s the thing, if we make the changes or take the steps to improve our health we hopefully don’t have to go into panic mode to try to improve our wellbeing.

You know the saying ‘burning the candle at both ends’, well that’s what I often do. How many times have you found yourself picking up your phone whilst watching T.V,  staying up past your bedtime because you want to squeeze in one more episode of a netflix series, skipping breakfast because you haven’t given yourself enough time in the morning and end grabbing something from a coffee shop, skip your gym session in place of a glass of wine because you’ve had stressful day? All sound familiar?Yep this is me too!

I sometimes loose sight of my health goals and before you know it I’m feeling rundown, stressed and lacking in any energy.

So this edit is about helping all of us get back on track!

Don’t be so hard on yourself 

Yep that’s right it’s ok if you’re not perfect. We often set ourselves unrealistic goals and as a result we are setting ourselves up for failure. Remember that small changes make a big difference.

Dr Ragan Chatterjee from BBC’s ‘Doctor in the House’

The Four Pillar Plan

I highly recommend subscribing to Dr Chatterjee’s Podcast – ‘Feel Better Live More’

Being inspired by a book or a podcast always helps me get back on track as does keeping a journal with my goals written in.

kikki.K Habits Journal 

Drink more water

How many times have we heard it? The suggested daily amount of water we should be drinking is between 1.5L – 2L.

Staying hydrated helps your brain and liver function, it keeps your bowels moving, improves your complexion and will boost you immunity.

You don’t need to drink just plain water, herbal teas count as do foods that contain high levels of water like cucumbers, celery and watermelons etc.

Consider investing in a reusable bottle rather than buying bottled water and filling up from the tap. Not only is this more cost effective but is better for the environment too!

Typo Double-walled Stainless Steel Bottle

And if you’re not keen on plain water you can try infusing it using lemons, cucumber, mint or berries.

Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

Green should always been seen

Eating a healthy balanced diet is so important to our health as is eating things in moderation. Don’t deny yourself anything as you will only end up craving what you fancy and then you’ll begin to build an unhealthy relationship with foods. Eating well 80% of the time is always my goal. This way I don’t feel like I’m missing out and I’m enjoying the foods I eat.

My key to eating healthy is to always make sure you see something green on your plate everyday. Dark green leafy vegetables contain important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamins B1 and B2.

If you struggle to eat these then make yourself a smoothie or a juice using these ingredients.

NUTRIBULLET 1000 Series Blender

Masticating Juicer

My top tip when looking to buy juicers or blenders is to go for as much as you can afford because the higher the speed the better quality juice and smoothie you will get. When buying a juicer it is also important that you look out for a masticating juicer over a centrifugal juicer as these can deplete the nutritional value of your ingredients as they get heated in the process.

This is something I try and do daily as well as cooking all my meals from scratch.

I try to buy local and seasonal produce and I always plan my meals ahead.

Always remember to set yourself up for success!

Magnetic White Board Fridge Meal Planner

Move more

Regular exercise can make you feel happier, improve your skin health, increase your energy levels, reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your brain health and memory, help with relaxation and sleep quality and is good for your muscles and bones.

Need I say more!

Yes it is easier said then done and with a very busy schedule I just can’t always fit in time to workout let alone join a gym, nor can I afford it!

My daily goal is to take 10k steps.

What that does is encourage me to take the stairs over the lift or escalators, walk to the shops and school and sometimes if I have time I get off my train a stop earlier so I have a little further to walk.

Since having my fitbit fitness tracker I have definitely made more effort to do this!

Fitbit Alta Activity Tracker

Get more sleep

This is something I really do struggle with especially after becoming a mum. Some days there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

Getting between 7-8 hours will improve your immune function as well you concentration and productivity. It will also help improve your stress levels, mental state and curb inflammation which is linked to heart disease, arthritis and premature ageing.

If you struggle to settle then maybe try using a pillow spray.

thisworks Pillow Spray

This is something that has definitely helped my children get a better nights sleep.

Bloom and Blossom The BFG Pillow Spray

(Gifted)

 Reducing your exposure to blue light will also ensure you get a better nights sleep, which leads me to my next point.

Unplug once in a while

Too much screen time has a direct effect on your brain chemistry and can cause anxiety and stress. Try getting getting back to nature or picking up a book to read.

Manage your stress levels

We all have stress in our lives and it’s inevitable to avoid but how we deal with it is the key!

Consider including 10 minutes of mediation into your daily routine. With life being so busy and constant we never give our brains a chance to switch off.

There are many apps out there now that can help with this. It doesn’t mean we are all going to become hippie experts or join a shaolin temple but it gives your mind a chance to just switch off.

Calm App

Don’t forget to check my other blog post under Wellbeing for more health tips and also give some of my health recipes a try!

Head over to Ali’s blog to see her edit too!

 

 

 

 

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