Okay, so it’s a new year and you’re keen to make a new you. You’ve started your journey and you’re doing well. Here comes the hard part: keeping it up! Sometimes we go so hard at the start of the year that we burn ourselves out before we can see long-lasting meaningful results. In order to achieve and maintain consistency, it’s best to take a holistic approach — body and mind. Once our mindset has changed, our bodies will follow suit. Think of the N.E.W.S.T.A.R.T. model:
This is a BIG part of health and general well-being. By eating healthy foods, your body will transform from the inside out. This includes incorporating whole grains, fresh fruit and veg and cutting back on processed meats, sugars and fried foods.
Planning your weekly meals is key. Pick a handful of delicious recipes from your favourite healthy cookbook and get writing that shopping list.
Eating out doesn’t have to mean missing out. If you’re going vegan this 2020, long gone are the days of bland options. Try these fresh noodles in a vegetable broth with sautéed shiitake mushrooms, tofu & pak choi, topped with pickled onions from Yo!
Or how about a fragrant coconut, lemongrass and turmeric soup from Wagamama. Packed with tofu, roasted squash, cauliflower, and greens, and garnished with chilli, coriander, fresh ginger and lime. Served with a choice of rice or glass noodles on request.
Sprinkle some flaked almonds over your cereal in the morning for an extra protein boost that will give you energy and help see your hunger through till lunch.
Move it! Not only is exercise a great way to tone your muscles and burn fat, but it’ll ward off heart disease, manage blood sugar levels and improve your mood. Let the gurus at Anytime Fitness help you set and achieve your goals.
Track your progress with a digital wrist monitor like the Garmin Forerunner 35. Slim and lightweight, it’s ideal for tracking your jogging, and gym sessions. It’s even waterproof so you can wear it whilst swimming!
Giving your gym kit a bit of a re-fresh will help you to feel more confident if it’s been a while since you graced the treadmill.
Drinking water regularly makes for an easy detox by naturally flushing your body and keeping you hydrated. You’ll notice a difference in your skin too!
Cut down on your plastic usage by switching to a home water filter. This filter jug from MenKind even includes a TDS water meter so that you can see the difference in quality from the get-go.
Use your newly filtered water to fill up this stylish Ted Baker bottle, perfect for staying hydrated whilst at the gym or during the daily commute. Its double-walled insulation means it will keep liquids hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24.
If you need a hydration boost to perk up your energy levels, try some soluble Hydro tablets. The sodium helps aid hydration and reduces fatigue.
Unfortunately, we don’t get much of that this time of the year but soak up some sunshine when you can! Sunshine also helps with the body’s production of Vitamin D. Our bodies need this to strengthen muscles and absorb calcium.
Supplements are the way forward when sunshine is lacking! Holland & Barrett have a wealth of vitamin options to help optimise your nutrition levels during the darker months.
“Progress is a process” and moderation is key. Most good things take time, and healthy weight loss is no different. Understand and respect the process and progress is sure to follow. This means no fad diets or five days in a row stints at the gym. Going cold turkey so to speak may cause you to crash and go back to your old ways so everything needs to be done in moderation. Slow and steady. Don’t expect to see physical results straight away but you can expect to see changes to your general mental health a lot quicker as healthy eating and exercise are known to have a positive impact on mood.
Switch up sugary snacks for healthier versions that are equally as satisfying. Eat Real Sour Cream & Chives Quinoa Chips are lower in fat than standard potato crisps, with no artificial colours, preservatives or additives, plus they’re 100% vegan.
Don’t forget that treats in moderation are perfectly acceptable. We love these Almond Butter & Salted Caramel Cups from Deliciously Ella, gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Find them at Holland & Barrett.
If you’re cutting down on the booze this year or going totally dry for January, Bill’s have a got a brand new menu of grown-up, no and low-alcoholic drinks so you can remain part of the party whilst dining out.
Apart from making you feel great and generally refreshed, fresh air has been shown to clean your lungs, improve digestion, blood pressure and heart rate. So, get out in nature and take a walk — it’s good for you!
Getting the right gear will give you the momentum to embrace all the elements that winter has to offer.
Rest and relaxation are key elements in healthy living and fitness. Taking a break also gives way to mental clarity and the energy you’ll need to exercise. It can even lower stress and help the body to repair. But rest also means switching off, so no scrolling! Take time to be present and appreciate the downtime.
How about a full-body massaging mat that you can use in the comfort of your own home? Pick up a good book and drift into a state of Nirvana!
Run yourself a hot and indulgent bubble bath before bed then snuggle down into some comfy pyjamas and open a good book — you’ll be ready for the land of nod in no time.
This is where mind and body combine. You’ve got to trust in your mind and your ability. Believe in yourself and trust your progress. Mental exercises such as mindfulness and meditation (even yoga) can help with this. They reduce stress, put you in a better mood and improve patience, thereby making it easier to make good decisions concerning health and diet. Once your mind and mood are in a good place, you’ll feel happier, which in turn will influence your entire health and wellbeing!
If you have trouble switching off, try using a guide to provide you with simple and effective techniques that will get you into the right headspace.
Yoga is a great way of doing something physical whilst enabling you to empty your mind, breathe deeply and focus on the now.
Head to Eden for your NEW START — you’ve got this!