We’re all bad for it…procrastination is a terrible thing isn’t it?
Why do we all look to better ourselves at some point in the future? Like, before New Year, who will promise to do something as from the 1st of January, or in some cases, when we go back to work when the party season is over?…
Another one is, when I’m 40 I will make life changes, travel more, start a new business, be healthy…everyone has an aspiration to do something for themselves and so they should, and as the famous sports company says…JUST DO IT!
Why not start what you mean to do tomorrow (or on the 1st of January or when you turn 40 or 50 or when you retire!), today? Try it and see what happens.
So, where am I going with this you ask. Well, if you know me, it will most definitely be something to do with health. You have probably guessed it…here it is…
If you want to get healthy in 2017, why not start now, in 2016, today. Make a little change here and there and soon you’ll be on the road to a healthier lifestyle.
Here are my top 10 tips.
- Cancel subscriptions to Slimming World, Weight watchers and the like – save your money for something more worthwhile. Why pay someone to tell you what you could tell yourself.
- Throw away the scales – go by how you feel, how your clothes fit – are you happy and healthy?
- Get out – take a walk with your family, go to the park, have an adventure, get on your bike, go for a jog or a run – whatever floats your boat – just go outside!
- Buy some good cook books. I love Jamie Oliver, Thug Kitchen, Vegan Richa, Ainsley Harriott and some other nondescript books that simply just take my fancy – I love getting ideas from these books and end up creating my own recipes. In addition to these, of course, you have the support of bloggers like me to give you ideas on what to cook for you and your family…If you’re going for the healthier lifestyle, go easy on the Mary Berry books though!
- Reduce the amount of processed food you eat, like processed meat, cheese, sauces, ready made meals, frozen meals, jars of baby food – sadly, the list is endless. Although I hate to say it, we all do sometimes need convenience food in our lives, but limit it to a couple of times a week.
- Get cooking! Home cooked food is far superior to the food you buy already prepared in the supermarkets. As a nation, we are overfed and undernourished and this is because of the convenience food we eat is far too accessible and easy. Rich in flavour (artificial flavourings and additives), and bulkers (potato starch, whey, emulsifiers) but lacking in nutrition. Instead of buying the ready made food, make homemade soup, stew, home bakes, pasta, risotto, curry, chilli, shepherds or even better, non-shepherds pie* – all of these meals can be done in one or two pans or dishes and they are so simple to make and freeze for future use.
- Ask for advice. Don’t be afraid to ask your GP or, in the case of young families, your health visitor. The NHS have lots of great initiatives to help people stay healthy. I mean, it will help them in the long run if we are not all riddled with some types of cancer, diabetes and heart conditions. Here is one to help get you started; http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/weight-loss-guide/Pages/losing-weight-getting-started.aspx
- Catch up with friends. It’s a well known fact that laughter helps the heart mind and soul stay fit and healthy – as long as you are not meeting up for a tray load of cakes and/or beer and wine!
- On that note, drink less! Drinking is empty calories – it does nothing for you and inevitably too much of it makes you feel pretty rubbish anyway.
- Leave the car and walk or bike to your destination, which will help the environment at the same time
Stop procrastinating and “Just do it”!
*Non-shepherds pie is Gardeners pie in my blog.