We all need a little help sometimes when it comes to healthy habits. I definitely needed a little reminder myself anyway, so here are my top 5 for the week!
I don't know why it was 'a thing' or 'a fashion' not to eat breakfast but nevertheless, we've all been through a phase of not eating brekkie. Now, I can't remember the last time I skipped it! Admittedly, my first point of call is naturally always coffee. But an hour or so later, I know my body needs fuel.
BUT, and I don't say this lightly, the right kind of fuel! Greek yoghurt, fruit, eggs, museli, the list goes on. Just think protein, and slow release energy to get you through the working day. Greek yoghurt provides around 14g of protein in one portion, bananas are carbohydrates and give you slow release energy, as well as museli.
The best thing for you, is to try different things to see what works best with your body.
Walk, walk walk!
Most people are able to walk, and if you can, do it! It's not a strenuous exercise, you don't need to be fit, and it's FREE. So, there are simply no excuses.
If you do need some extra motivation to keep up the habit, use a fitness app or your iphone to track your step count. This is a great way to document your daily average, and it pushes you to meet the suggested goal of 10,000 steps per day.
..I am most definitely that person who gets upset that my iphone doesn't fit in the back of my leggings to track my steps! :D
Batch cook and save time
We all have those days when somehow, you walk back through the door at 8:30pm after you've been at work all day. You're ravenous, looking for the biscuits and it's really hard not to grab the junk hidden at the back of your cupboard! (Yes I do store/hide treats in my bedroom drawer :). Don't tell Will.)
Batch cooking is my hero. It saves me and more realistically it saves Will most nights. I cook up a massive load of healthy lasagne, or cottage pie or something filling, hearty and packed with protein. Once cooked, I separate into Tupperware and store in the freezer.
All done for the week ahead, which gives me more time to watch Love Island and rubbish telly. I have no shame.
For this healthy, gluten-free lasagne recipe see here!
Now you might be wondering what an earth I am going on about - telling people to treat themselves on a healthy habits blog post...Hear me out.
I have probably lasted 2 weeks in my lifetime, without chocolate and it took a huge amount of effort. I'll most likely never do it again, because, whats a bar of chocolate or piece of cake once a week? You're allowed to treat yourself, not feel guilty and enjoy it! Once or twice a week I truly indulge. I exercise regularly, I eat healthily and a brownie is not going to make me fat.
Most importantly it stops you from having a huge binge after restricting yourself for weeks of your favourite foods.
I find this one quite difficult sometimes, as I am sure we all do, but thinking positively really helps me. A friend once told me if you think positively, good things will come. And whether that is true or not, just believing it seems to help me relax and keep me calm in worrying situations.
And when things get really nerve-racking and worrying, BREATHE. Simply focus on your breathing and concentrate. Your heart rate will slow, and you will feel better for it.
Most people have insecurities, worries and things they don't feel confident about. Although harder said than done, always try to be yourself. Your family, friends and partner all love you for you and not a persona you take on in new or unfamiliar situation.
So there are my top 5 healthy habits, which of course I always try to adopt! 'Try' being the pinnacle word here. Some are harder than others, and often it comes down to confidence..