It’s that time of year again, New Year resolutions, new goals and challenges and time to think about small ways to improve your life. If you’re like me you will want to maintain balance and a healthy routine as much as possible. Keeping healthy doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds.
There is no better time to challenge yourself and keep your health in check. I’ve got some easy tips and tricks for sneaking in a little more nutrition and healthy habits into your day.
It’s easy to forget to hydrate this time of year with many other drink options available, so drink up! Often people confuse thirst with hunger, leading to mindless snacking. Aim for 2 litres each day (filtered if possible), herbal teas are another great option, or add lemon or ginger to your water for extra detoxification. Staying hydrated will also help to flush unwanted toxins and waste products in your system.
MOVE THAT BOD
No matter what form you choose. It helps to keep the metabolism pumping, helping to remove and eliminate toxins from your body. Exercise also releases endorphins to make you feel good, this can also help to distress and relax you. Aim to move your body for 20-30 minutes each day (or when possible), yoga, pilates, weights or a walk around the block are some great options. Even 10 minutes will do!
GET IN THOSE GREENS
The more greens the better! Green are a superfood, they’re packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Your body needs all the nourishment it can this time of year and there is no better way to bump up your nutrition than with lots and lots of greens. Every chance you get add an extra handful onto your plate, into your smoothie, in a stir fry or into a stew.
MAKE HEALTHY FOOD SWAPS
Be conscious of what you are putting on your plate, choose salads over pasta, chicken, fish or red meat over processed deli meats, vodka, fresh lime and soda over cocktails. Try to avoid sugar, fruit juice, white foods and greasy fatty foods, these are all empty calories and will leave you feeling bloated, lethargic and will dull your shine! Go wild and opt for gluten and sugar free options if you can!
LIMIT ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
It’ll overload your liver with toxins which will not make you feel your absolute best. Opt for healthier options such as vodka, fresh lime and soda, or stick to 1-2 drinks a night, and try to get a few alcohol free nights in each week. You’ll thank yourself for it the following day.
I hope you have a fun, healthy and happy holiday! And remember, life is about balance. Your body will respond to what you do most of the time, not what you only do sometimes!