Do you get stuck for healthy lunch and snack ideas? Is preparing healthy food so much effort? It really doesn’t need to be complicated! If you are passionate and excited about feeling amazing and healthy every day then it just takes a little bit of planning and some inspiration and you’ll be on your way.…
I’m lucky that I feel I’ve found a great healthy balance with regards to my lifestyle so that I don’t fluctuate in weight or body shape and I feel confident pretty much all year round. Here’s my top tips to having a hot healthy body 12 months a year!
1. MOVE YOUR BODY EVERY DAY
Whether it be a run, intense interval session, Pilates/yoga class or a walk, I make sure I move my body every day. When I don’t move, I feel sluggish and stressed. Not only does moving every day keep you toned and flexible, I feel it gives you a great healthy glow which is another thing we want all year round! Keeping your body moving every day means your not starting from square one every time you want to get in shape. There might be times of the year when you want to up your fitness routine but don’t go from all to nothing or vice versa, keep moving every day!
2. TREAT YOURSELF
I don’t like to restrict myself when it comes to my diet. My advice to maintain a healthy weight all year round is the 80/20% rule. Eat healthy clean nourishing foods 80% of the time but the other 20% treat yourself a little. Whether you’re craving chocolate or a glass of red wine, enjoy it! I believe this keeps your metabolism and your mind healthy and stops the tendency to binge/ over indulge. It’s unlikely that you are never going to eat a carb or grain of sugar again in your life so every thing in moderation is best.
Do you eat breakfast watching the news, lunch scrolling through emails, snacks scanning instagram and dinner while on the phone? When did we become so busy that sitting down and enjoying a meal without doing anything else now seems impossible!
I am determined to start mindful eating!
I’ve recently become aware that I really struggle with this but there’s a pull inside me that knows I need to address it. That’s why this post isn’t about me saying”hey look how great I am at this, you should do it too!”, it’s about me saying “hey look how pants I am at this, help me tackle this step in improving my wellbeing and why don’t you give it a go too!”
So what is mindful or conscious eating and why is it so important?
Stretching can seem like a chore but a lot of people don’t understand the importance of it. If your priority is always to get a cardio, interval or a weight training session in because of time then let me tell you this could be where you could have been going wrong and stretching can change the way you approach your fitness forever! Your training will improve from regular stretching, your body will feel free of tension and be more capable to perform certain moves that may be required of you in workouts as well as in general everyday life. Regular stretching can prevent you from many problems in the future and especially with back pain.
Stretching will increase the range of movement at your joints, release tight muscles and keep connective tissue pliant creating balance in your body. Be careful stretching because it can caused pinched nerves, visit https://neuropathyreliefguide.com/ if you happen to have any nerve pain. This means lengthened and lean muscles and a healthy supple bod. I also believe there is a relationship between a flexible mobile body and the mind. If you body is free of tension then so your mind will be.
I know it can be hard getting to an extra yoga or Pilates session so here are my favourite stretches that you can do at home easily to start or end your day. Hold each stretch for 20-30 secs and ease in and out of the stretch if it’s really uncomfortable. Do each one once a day and if you really want to see improvements in your flexibility then 2-3 times a day.
Stretch your way to a happier healthier body!
I’m a firm believer that to create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, when it comes to exercise you must enjoy it. I love my Pilates and Yoga but I really struggle with cardio. I’ve tried running, swimming, personal training and once upon a time tried one spin class at a gym that left me feeling like I’d wasted 45 precious minutes of my life wheeling my legs around on a static metal bike. So let’s just say I have been a little skeptical when it comes to spin classes or shall we say intense workouts in general. I love flowing movements, a tranquil room and calm music…until NOW! Psycle is a spin studio in Oxford Circus that is gives you a high intensity full body workout on a bike with music and motivating instructors- similar to Soul Cycle in America.
After my first session, I felt like I’d somehow done a cardio workout, yoga session, weight session, meditated and gone to a night club to dance the night away all rolled into one. It was the best feeling, an addictive feeling! I wanted more! Now don’t get me wrong- during the session was a little different. I thought I was going to die! Although I do believe I now had one of the toughest instructors Rhian who is an inspiration to say the least.
I had been eager to try Psycle since the opening of the luxe bike studio earlier this year. I am so glad, I finally got around to going because Psycle slapped me around the face, kicked my butt and made me realize I need to do more of this type of exercise. Not only feel did I feel incredible after but want to get back on that bike again and again! Falling in love with fitness is the best feeling!
So what makes Psycle so bloody brilliant…
I sometimes feel that people think I am this super super healthy person who would never even touch a chip or grain of white sugar -remember on twitter/instagram you only see a perfectly photographed healthy meal that one has prepared- hypothetically speaking who’s to say I haven’t scoffed 50g dark chocolate right before that post haha (never happened…hmmm).
I want to be an inspiration to anyone and everyone- to show people how to live a more balanced healthy life and to feel amazing every single day but that still doesn’t mean I’m perfect! But what is perfect anyway- in my eyes being too healthy isn’t perfect at all. Check out my post on Why For Me Being Too Healthy is Unhealthy
Holidaying for most is time for complete relaxation but people then associate that with their diet – eating unhealthy and as much as they can. Remember being healthy is a lifestyle and I can never understand why people work there butts of at the gym and do juice cleanses/various crazy diets before a holiday to then go and feel sick, unhealthy, lethargic and disgusted by themselves by eating as much as they possibly can for a week.
That being said I am not a nun on holiday, I find a balance. I LOVE and enjoy healthy foods so I’m not going to change that for a week just because I’m on “holiday” but I also like to enjoy the local favourites which might not necessarily be healthy, I love to eat ice-cream and drink wine so a holiday is a nice time to indulge a little.
Last week I was on holiday in Kefalonia for a week- so this is a little run down of what my diet was like followed by a photo diary of some meals…
I hope everyone’s been having a lovely weekend. I have really been trying to get back on track with my workouts, whether it be an hours class or 5 minute ab blast I always feel fantastic after. Summer is super busy and I’ve recently felt a lot less fit and healthy than normal due to…
I feel like 30 hour days would be perfect. An extra hour to workout, an hour to meditate and practice mindfulness, an hour to read, an hour to clean, an hour to call friends and family and an extra hour in bed! Who’s in charge of hours in the day? Can we have a word please?
Summer so far has been my busiest and best yet! I’ve been working more than ever but also having lots of fun. However, this leads to two things that can stress me out a little. 1. Not finding time to workout, meditate, rest. 2. My house getting messy, washing piling up.
I’m know I’m not speaking for myself. I really feel at the moment everyone around me is the same. From my mum to my clients to people on social media! Perhaps we take on a little too much sometimes and our intentions are to still fit in time for ourselves but in my case in can literally seem impossible. This has really been especially hard the last two weeks and I wanted to just concentrate this blog post on body shape/weight and emotions relating to that topic.
Lots of factors come into making me very aware of my body shape/weight. From dancing since the age of 5 and then going into a Pilates instructor career, I’ve pretty much had to be conscious of my body every single day. I’ve probably worn a leotard, leggings or crop top nearly every day of my life and I’ve probably had to stand in front of a mirror in this attire almost every day of my life. This isn’t a negative but it does make you very aware when you put an extra few lbs or when you don’t train and notice the shape of your legs change.
So the last couple of weeks, I’ve not really worked out properly and I’ve drank alcohol at the weekends and I’ve gone out for lots of meals and had dessert. In the week I’ve then tried to get back on track but ended up just eating LOTS of healthy food- I’m talking a few too many raw nut bars a day! I know I’ve put on a little weight and I know I’m not as lean or toned as I was at the start of summer but that’s okay! I’m still in good shape and slim. But it’s difficult to think like that- my mind likes to go into panic and beat myself up mode. Now I know that is only going to make things worse.
So what to do when you’ve perhaps come out of your normal healthy routine for a bit, maybe because of a summer holiday where there’s all inclusive unlimited food and cocktails or maybe just from being super busy and not being able to workout. Here’s what I’ve done this week to try and get myself back on track…
I thought I would do a bit of a different video this week and tell you about some of the beauty, hair and wellbeing products I’ve been using and loving at the moment.
As much as I believe, eating well, drinking lots of water and getting lots of sleep is the most important things you can do to maintain healthy skin, hair and a natural glow, I am still a girly girl and love buying and experimenting with different products.
I am not strict with using all natural organic beauty products however I am aware of the toxins that are in the lotions and potions that us girlies like to use to make us feel beautiful. At this stage in my life, I like wearing makeup and using moisturisers and hair products and perhaps they’ll be a time when I do become a little more natural and conscious of what I use however at the moment as I said I am not strict with it. I have however been trying to experiment with more natural brands out there and you’ll see in my video why I use two different moisturisers, a day and night cream from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
We are such nosy people. Especially us girls, we love to know what other people are wearing, eating, going. That’s why social media is so fabulous, instagram and twitter, we get a snap shot of other peoples lives and it’s cool. I don’t find this to be a bad trait at all, it’s where we get inspiration from- each other! That’s where I find cool places to eat, new recipes to try, outfit inspiration. That’s why I love doing videos like this one because it’s something that I’d be interested to watch.
I basically just talk through what I got in the weekly shop this week. I don’t get the same things every week and sometimes I already have things like rice noodles or beans so they won’t be included but I thought this would be interesting for some people to watch who find it hard doing the weekly shop. Sometimes I plan my meals and sometimes I just buy ingredients and then go with the flow. There’s no rules when it comes to living a healthy balanced lifestyle except to eat whole unprocessed foods with a variety of colour and nutrients.
Check out the video below or by clicking HERE