People eat so much sugar these days, it’s in everything! While the sweet stuff isn’t all that bad in moderation, there has been a lot of talk about going sugar-free. Or at least cutting it down a fair bit. I tried clean-eating successfully for a full 8 weeks which includes basically nothing out of a packet. When you start to think about it it’s unreal how much extra stuff is in our food from the supermarkets that we don’t need. Which got me thinking about how you could do that while trying to sustain a normal life and not losing the will to love. I thought I would share with you a few tips!
Healthy eating is all about the preparation. Here are five tips that I think make healthy easier (I won’t call it dieting because it’s not a quick fix!). I do all of these things in my day to day life to make eating generally easier because being hungry is just something I’m interested in! I hope they’re helpful.
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Sleep is one of the most important things ever, this we know! It’s also one of my most favourite things and I really like a bedtime routine that chills me out and sets me up for the next day. I don’t like to rush around in the mornings either so a great evening routine sets me up for the following day, especially in the week when I have to leave for work. Here are 6 things that you can do to get a great night’s sleep and get organised as a bonus!
If you struggle to get the sleep you need, it could be that your wellbeing is to blame. To help you suss out what’s behind your lack of shut-eye, here are three health problems that could be keeping you awake at night.
1. Lower Back Pain
Aside from causing you discomfort during the day, lower back pain can affect you at night too.To keep your aches and pains under control, there are a couple of things you could try. You could invest in a bed with an in-built massage function (imagine!). Massage therapy can help relax the muscles, so by having a bed with this feature, you should find it much easier to keep your aches at bay while you doze. There are a variety of models you can choose from that offer this function. For example, cyclo therapy adjustable beds from Adjustamatic use a three-way technique of pulsations and rotations to offer relief from back discomfort. By improving your bed setup in this way, you should stand to sleep better. Additionally, you could try using over the counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, or speak to your GP if you think you require a stronger medication.
As much as I love clean eating, and I eat clean 70-80% of the time and I love fresh food. But sometimes you need that sweet hit that isn’t just agave syrup and dates. Sometimes you need actual artificial sweetness to kick that sugar craving and these are my go-to treats for when I don’t want to go over my calories but need that super sweet hit!
A lot of people say that they don’t have time for working out or they ‘hate the gym’ or even that they’re just not good at exercise. The same people usually say how they’d love to have the motivation to do it or they’d love to find something they’re good at. It’s simply not true that you can’t be good at exercise and you can’t find something that you enjoy that will keep you fit and healthy. It’s 2016, there are so, so many ways of working out it’s incredible. You just need to find the workout that works for you!
Sleep is so important. When you don’t sleep properly you don’t function properly, well at least I know that I definitely don’t. I can’t concentrate, I feel lethargic and I can’t be bothered to do anything. Plus, I usually end up craving sugar and end up in a crash when I’ve caved and eaten a cookie or 4. Here are 5 ways to make sure you’re really getting the most out of your sleep and therefore the most out of your day!
Despite being completely locked into a digital society where faceless interaction means more than nourishing personal mental health, spiritual and traditional practices are becoming more ingrained in our daily lives, they’re actually getting pretty trendy again. We’ve come to the end of our tether when it comes to the emotional black holes that a digital world is having. Because of this, we are seeing a rise in popularity of wellness and mindfulness techniques. In a nutshell – Yoga is back with a vengeance.
When you tell people you’ve signed up to run a 5.3k race at 5.30am in the morning, most of them look at you like you’re a bit crazy! I felt a bit crazy as I got up at 4.30am on a Friday morning ready to get in my taxi at 5am and run around Nottingham city centre at half 5 in the morning.
Run 5.30 is an annual event where you can discover your city at a totally unknown time to you by running 5.3k at 5.30 in the morning. It’s a completely different feeling to wandering around the town centre at a normal time and it’s was so cool. The event began in Modena to encourage local people to take part in some physical activity and the creators now have 13 events across Italy, 3 in the UK and 2 in the USA. How great that Nottingham, Derby and Leicester are the UK ones? I think it really puts the East Midlands on the map!