6 top tips for a healthier you

Everyone wants to a bit healthier, right? But it can be so hard! But I have some top tips to help you on the road to being a bit more healthy and make life a little easier.

Get an early start

You may hate me for this one but hear me out. Getting up early (and by early, I mean not sleeping until lunchtime) your mind will be in a better place. Many people claim that getting up and getting organised first time has a much better effect on their day. This does not mean that they get less sleep, they just go to bed a bit earlier. Is that really such a bad thing? I will happily go to bed for 10 pm and get a full 8 hours if it means that I am a bit more organised. Plus, getting a full nights sleep is better for your mental health than sitting up to watch TV. And, let’s not forget, if you get up early, you can get a good breakfast and spend some time getting ready instead of having a mad rush in the morning.

Get a meal plan sorted

How often have you ended up ordering in because you didn’t have a dinner planned out? If you are anything like me, you will have done it so many times, that if you added up the cost you could buy a house. I’m not kidding. I’ve been a mum for 15 years and I’ve probably spent an average of £30 a week on takeaways because I didn’t have a meal plan (or dropped the ball). That’s around £1,560 per year, £23,400 is the total average. *WHAT!* Ok, that’s not exactly “buying a house” but it is a decent deposit for buying one. Plus, think of all that unhealthy food that I’ve eaten and then complain when I have a muffin top. If you can, meal plan for every meal (including snacks) and your waistline and your wallet will thank you.

6 top tips for a healthier you
Did someone ask for a snack?

Healthy snacks

See what I said above about a meal plan? I did say in there that it should include snacks but I think that deserves its own section. When we snack, we tend to go for the rubbish option, and I’m not against having a naughty snack but everything should be in moderation. So, what do you do when you have the munchies but don’t fancy gaining an extra stone and a half? You get some healthy snacks. You can even prep them as part of your meal plan for the day. Carrot sticks and yogurts are handy to keep in the fridge. If you are feeling a bit extra, then you could bake some low-fat muffins, or freeze some vegan ice-cream. There are some many options available you will be spoilt for choice.

Don’t beat yourself up if you mess up

One of the big reasons that people give up any sort of healthy eating/living routine is because they slip up and then beat themselves up about it. Do not beat yourself up if you are doing your best! When it comes to making changes, it can be hard to adjust and there is a learning curve involved. Let’s say you get started, do a meal plan for the week, get the shopping in, and for a couple of days it all goes well. But then, disaster! You end up getting stuck in work and the meal that you have planned for the night involves roasting something for an hour and you have no mission of getting home in time to get it sorted, so you will have to order a takeaway. You know what? Shit happens and life isn’t perfect. you will mess up and make mistakes, but all you can do is keep moving forward.

6 top tips for a healthier you
Exercise is hard

Move and exercise

Ah! Exercise! One of the most hated words in the world. But, is it really that awful? It doesn’t have to be. It is recommended that you take around 5k steps a day at the very least. The NHS recommends around 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. There are so many ways that you can achieve that goal. I love doing my local Park Run on a Saturday morning. An older couple that I know takes a walk every evening with their dog (and they have been doing this for over 20 years). My mum likes to see how fast she can run up the stairs. My husband lifts furniture. There are so many creative ways to be active there is bound to be a fun way for you to exercise.

Be mindful

Have you heard of being mindful? If you haven’t, you should check out A monks guide to a clean house and mind. The book explains why having a clean house is good for the mind but being mindful is about more than that. It is about being completely present in what you are doing. Why is that important and good for you? Stress. How many times have you distracted yourself from doing something because of something that is annoying you? I’m a pacer, so when something is really annoying me I pace about. But if I can distract myself and be mindful, I can stop myself from spiraling and stressing myself out over nothing.

30 thoughts on “6 top tips for a healthier you

  1. All great ideas – being healthy is a lifestyle, and health is like a see-saw – the scales have to match. Too many people will ONLY diet, or ONLY exercise, and not change their lifestyles. You go girl!

    1. I didn’t meal plan last week and ended up spending an extra £100 on eating out and random running out for stuff. Plus I made myself sick with all of the fatty takeaways. It’s not worth it 🙁

    1. Plan planning is one of my fave things to do, not just because it helps with weight loss but it stops you from spending money on rubbish food too. And once you do it a few times, it becomes second nature.

    1. Very true. I think we all like to think we are teenagers and it’s cool to stay up too late. And then we can’t get up early to do grown-up stuff.

    1. Healthy snacks are probably the toughest one because when you want to snack, your mind goes to crisps and chocolate. It doesn’t want carrot sticks and nut butter.

  2. These are good, solid tips. It’s crazy how intuitive healthy living can be, but we have to listen to our bodies. Drinking water, eating whole foods, moving during the day, getting enough rest- not the most groundbreaking ideas, but SO very important to our overall health and wellness.

  3. Great tips! It is so important to put some time and effort into being as healthy as possible! Once you get used to incorporating thing things into your life, it is so much easier to live a healthy lifestyle!

    1. I know, I think it can be tough to get into the habit of doing them but after a while, they become second nature 🙂

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