With December already here, the weather getting colder and the delicious Christmas treats being passed around it can make sticking to a healthy life style a little harder. I’m all for enjoying yourself and enjoying the occasional treat, but you don’t want to loose all your hard work and be back at the starting point come 1st of January.
You don’t need to wait until the new year to start a new healthy routine. Why not start now - You will be a whole month ahead by the time January is here.
Keep up your exercise routine - Being consistent with your exercise routine can help keep you motivated in staying healthy.
Keep hydrated - when its cold outside - drinking water becomes a lot harder! Try adding some different herbal teas.
Use this time to start new healthy Christmas traditions - long family walks, exercising together as a family…
I have written about this before - but thought it was time for a reminder.
Looking after our health should be a top priority - but for many it’s not. Good health is often taken for granted, you don’t think about it and just carry on day to day. It’s only when an illness happens do we actually realise how good it is to be healthy.
Living a healthy life style doesn’t need to be expensive, it’s about making small changes each day that will benefit your health in the long run. Most of the time when we talk about health, diets and exercise are what comes to mind….yes eating healthy and exercise is very important to our health, but so is getting enough sleep each night, learning to say no to things that you know will cause you anxiety or stress. There are so many things that we can do to improve our health and well-being, and we need to make it a priority before it’s too late.
There are many causes for us to suffer from low energy and they aren’t all ‘unhealthy’, sometimes being ‘over healthy’ can be a cause too. Over exercising and not giving our body the amount of rest time we need to recover can cause our energy levels to be depleted. Following a diet that is too low in calories, or the wrong balance of macronutrients can often leave us feeling low in energy and thats when bad nutritional decisions are made, as we look for quick fixes to boost our energy levels.
On the other end of spectrum, not exercising at all can leave us feeling sluggish and low on energy. Eating too much of the wrong foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients can also leave us with low energy and deficiencies which can cause fatigue. It’s important to find the happy medium that works best for you and your energy levels, we are all different, what might work for one person most likely won’t work for another.
Smoothies can be an extremely healthy nutrient filled snack when made with the right ingredients. I make this smoothie nearly everyday for that added nutrient boost. It can even been enjoyed as a quick on the go breakfast!
1 handful frozen blueberrie
1 handful frozen raspberries
1/2 frozen banana
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon barley grass powder
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
1 tablespoon pumpkin seed powder
2 tablespoons organic pure whey
250ml milk of your choice
Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick try adding another 50mls of milk.
Quinoa is a seed from the Chenopodium quinoa plant. Over the years quinoa has become a healthy addition to many salads, and some even swap their oat porridge for quinoa porridge. Quinoa has a very impressive nutritional profile and is actually a complete source of protein (meaning it contains all 20 amino acids.) Have a read below to learn about the top benefits of this tiny little seed.
Full of antioxidants - Quinoa has a large amount of antioxidants which have shown to beneficial in preventing heart disease, cancers, diabetes and inflammation.
Great for bone health - Quinoa contains manganese, magnesium and phosphorus which are all important nutrients when it comes to bone building and health.
Good for your gut - Quinoa contains prebiotics which is a type of fibre that feeds the probiotics (good bacteria in our gut) Quinoa helps the good bacteria in our gut produce butyrate which