Friday, 17 January 2014

Little changes you can make

First of all let me say I am no means an expert on this stuff but I've done some research and I'm a believer in all these tips.

I've been seeing lots and lots and lots of resolution posts and many people saying they are starting their healthy eating this month. To help you all meet your goals I've put together 4 tips that are small ways to change your lifestyle and improve your health. Most of my tips were inspired by clean eating, made most famous by Tosca Reno.

Healthy Changes you can make

1. Water is your best friend.

Drinking water to most people feels a lot like a chore and it is not hard to see why most people don't drink enough. Water has so many health benefits which is understandable as we are made of 50-60% water! To ensure we are our best selves inside and out (hello beautiful skin) we need to keep hydrated. 

It is recommended that woman drink 1.6 litres of water a day and men slightly higher at 2 litres. A lot of people might look at these numbers and think they are unattainable. Try thinking of it like this... The average office usually has a water cooler with plastic cups that are around 0.25 litres. In order to reach your target of 1.6 litres in a day you have to drink 6 and a half glasses in those cups. If you work for 8 hours a day and you try to have a cup one every hour it is pretty easy to meet!

If you don't have a water machine then how about this... Purchase a 500ml water bottle and drink 3 of these and an extra 5th of the bottle to meet the daily recommendation. If you are struggling to pick up your water bottle and drink how about setting yourself time limits. For example I will drink 2 cups or 1 full bottle by 10am.

Healthy Changes you can make

2. Eat good carbs.

Carbs, we love them, but we hate them. We all need carbs in our life for energy and if you were to think of carbs you'd probably think: potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and crisps. Many diets insist on cutting out carbs all together but we all know that when the diet is over and we can eat carbs again the weight goes back on instantaneously. 

I'm going to let you in on a well know secret (that you may not know about) - there are such things as good carbs. They give you energy not sugar rushes, provide you with vitamins and minerals rather than sugar and chemicals and most of all they don't make you pile on the pounds like bad carbs do.

To make the change from bad to good you can start by replacing these popular items. Instead of white bread eat whole meal, instead of rice or pasta have quinoa, brown rice or wholegrain pasta. instead of normal potatoes try sweet potatoes (these can be mash, roasted or made into chips and wedges) and most importantly don't eat ready meals, cook with real ingredients and lots of veg! By making some of these small changes you will see a difference in your weight and also how you feel. Try this website for more info.


3. Limit yourself but don't cut yourself off completely!

I think this point is really important. Everyone is human, we all enjoy a treat and we don't want to be saying no to ourselves all the time. If you want something, have it but don't go overboard. Instead of making yourself sick on a large bar of chocolate, have a few pieces and save the rest for later. Be sensible!


4. Drink less caffeine.

This may be difficult for all of you coffee lovers out there but you should really consider cutting back on caffeine. Caffeine is mildly addictive, can stimulate your nervous system which increases heart rate and blood pressure, can interfere with iron absorption and can irritate your stomach causing headaches and insomnia(web MD + Caffeine informer). Not really what I want from my morning drink...

I'm not saying cut out tea, coffee and fizzy drinks altogether because lets face it I couldn't live without a cup of tea and some biscuits. There are many decaffeinated versions of our favourite drinks on the market. Nescafe, Tetleys, Yorkshire Tea, Twinings, Starbucks and Coke all offer decaffeinated versions of your favourites. Now I can't speak for coffee as I don't drink it but for me caffeinated and decaffeinated tea taste the same! Try changing and see if you feel any different!

In my eyes these 4 things are relatively easy to alter but for you it maybe be harder. If you push yourself to achieve these I think you'll feel much better.

Any questions, or maybe conflicting arguments please feel free to comment. I am only trying to suggest some healthy lifestyle changes that I have seen so many apply.


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4 comments

  1. Great post! I completly agree with water - when I'm at work I drink loads but at the weekend I really notice the difference when I don't , even my lips are flaky come Monday morning!

    Stevie | Stevie Hearts Makeup
    xxx

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  2. Nice set of tips! Everything's so much easier said than done... :'(
    I agree with all of them, especially number 3. It's almost impossible for me to live without chocolate :P

    Olivia Beauty from the Fjord xxx

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  3. Brilliant tips - I've really been trying lately to eat more healthily and especially drink more water, which has definitely made my skin clear up more! Plus, I've eaten a lot less chocolate (this started after Christmas of course..!) so I generally feel a lot better :)

    Kathryn x
    effievanity.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Water really is your friend. I had an agonising headache today until I realised that I was dehydrated; a couple of glasses of water later and I felt much better. I'm back on the low-carb wagon and trying to eat loads of lovely veggies :)

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