Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard!

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Now, as much as I hope you’re all sticking to those New Year’s diets and resolutions, we’re all bound to of let the odd one slip here and there, yes? Well, fear not! I’ve teamed up with fine dining chef and amateur jujitsu fighter Luke Downing to give you some super simple diet tips to keep you healthy and motivated!

Drink plenty of water. Yes, this is an age old rule of thumb, but it’s still just as important as it ever was, so don’t forget! Aim to consume 2-4 litres of water daily. It speeds up your metabolism, which in turn helps burn fat.

Don’t let them nutrients run away. Put quite simply: steam your veg! Steaming vegetables locks in the nutrients, which are otherwise lost when boiled. I find if you haven’t got a steamer handy, putting a wire sieve over a pan of water, and covering it with the pan lid works just as well. If that doesn’t work for you, eat them raw!

Be picky with protein. Choose healthy protein sources like fish and chicken, avoiding processed meats, like burgers and hotdogs. Processed meats are binded with fat and are difficult to digest. Given all of the news coverage on processed meat scandals, this one shouldn’t be too hard to stick to.

Give breakfast the attention it deserves. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do we know why exactly? Well, it’s because we’ve been fasting through the night and our metabolisms have stopped being worked. Eating a good wholesome breakfast, stacked with high fiber and wholegrain, gets your metabolism raring again. So avoid the temptation to dash out the door with a coffee and slice of toast in hand, and put a bit of care and thought into breakfast time.

Give coffee the boot. Following on from above, replace the morning coffee with warm water and lemon. Not only will it help boost your metabolism, but it will also make you more alert than the brown stuff!

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Survive the winter months and stay in shape

It’s that time of year again where we let ourselves go a little, stock up our bodies with carbs and wrap up in layers of clothes, but that’s no means to say we can’t stay looking beautiful and healthy. After the Christmas period it can be hard to get back in to shape especially with sub zero temperatures and miserable weather. Yoga can be a brilliant way to stay in shape, as well as exercising the mind. Joining a yoga class has a number of benefits that can keep you healthy in the winter months:

Fitness: A number of studies have shown that practicing yoga can help with core strengthening, balance and posture. Nearly all yoga poses will help build core strength in the deep abdominal muscles. Yoga stretches not only your muscles, but also all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. 

Health: It is known that yoga also contributes to a number of health benefits.  Regular yoga activity can help reduce high blood pressure and help people suffering with heart disease. For people that suffer with arthritis or joint aches and pains, a natural alternative to medicinal solutions can be to do yoga for pain relief. People who regularly conduct yoga are likely to experience reduced pain, less swelling and increased mobility.

Mental Wellbeing: In today’s day and age, many women have to endure long days at work and also juggle bringing up children and a family. This can take a toll on some women, so yoga can be a good way to relieve any unnecessary stress. As well as stress, yoga also helps reduce feelings of anxiety and generally is a perfect way to wind down after a busy day.

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there are plenty of classes at your local gym and DVD’s available to suit all levels and availability.Image

 

 

4 diet must-haves for healthy and glowing skin.

We all love make up and I rarely see women these days who don’t wear some makeup on a daily basis, but excessive layers of make up might make you look pretty for the time being but it is damaging your skin in the long term. Millions of women spend a lot of money on acne creams, face packs and other cosmetics to treat their skin but beauty is truly skin deep in this case because if your skin is not internally healthy it will never show on the surface. To treat your skin internally it’s very important to eat the right things and include certain food items in your diet.

Water – We all are aware of the fact that drinking plenty of water helps to keep your skin hydrated.. Drinking at least 10 glasses of tap water throughout the day not only hydrates the skin but also removes toxins from your body thus keeping you internally healthy.

Fish – The fatty acids that most fish contains is the key element for a healthy skin. Fish has Omega-3s, which keeps cell membranes of our skin healthy by keeping out harmful substances and allowing nutrients to enter cells. Omega-3s also reduces our body’s production of inflammatory agents, which usually causes acne and other skin problems.

Green Tea – Green Tea doesn’t just help burn fat but is also rich in antioxidants which help reduce cell inflammation (acne) and also protects cell membranes which might get blocked due to excessive use of makeup. It also reduces sunburn damage, which helps reduce the risks of getting skin cancer.

Vegetables – Most vegetables contain essential elements like vitamin A, C and K and all of these are extremely good for your skin. So vegetables like Carrots, Cucumber, Cabbage, Tomatoes and Spinach can show excellent results if consumed regularly. Most vegetables also contain a large proportion of water in them, which act as anti toxins and keeps the skin clear and healthy. 

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