Published: 18 November 2021
Small healthy changes
For 2022, we’d like to stop making big resolutions and start looking at smaller, more manageable goals. That’s why we created a blog to focus on the small changes you can make to become a healthier person!
Walking is one of the easiest and most effective ways to exercise – and it’s free! Ideally, you’d start by walk slowly for a few minutes to warm up, and then walking briskly for a few minutes to get your heart pumping! Then, before you finish, walk slowly again to cool-down. While it’s recommended, we walk for 30 minutes a day, try starting with just 10 minutes a day and increasing when you can.
Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
When our grandmas and mothers always told us to eat our greens, they were onto something!
There are many vitamins, minerals, and other naturally occurring compounds in plants that can do wonders for our health. The World Health Organization recommends we eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Try adding more vegetables and legumes to omelettes, sandwiches, rice, or preparing them for snacks!
Drink more water
It’s so important to stay hydrated, and to keep every system in the body functioning properly. Water helps our bodies carry nutrients to the cells, flush bacteria from the bladder, and helps our digestive system. What you might not realise is that, in addition to drinking water, water-rich foods such as soups, fruits, and vegetables count towards keeping you hydrated!
Eat A Fibre-Rich Breakfast
What we choose to eat for breakfast helps power the rest of our day, so it’s important to make healthy decisions! Try a cereal that includes at least 10 grams of fibre and top it with Greek yoghurt and berries or add avocado and egg to wholegrain toast. High fibre breakfasts not only come with a lot of health benefits, but will help reducing the amount of times you reach for the snack cupboard before lunch!
We can make healthier food choices when we plan ahead. When you know you have chicken, rice and vegetables for dinner, you’re less likely to order a takeaway for dinner. Try sitting down on the weekend for 30 minutes or so to plan your meals for the next week, or at least plan for 3 days at a same. It may lead to healthier choices and a happier bank account!
Don't eliminate treats
Yep, you heard us. When planning a healthier diet, don’t completely skip out on the treats! If you cut out your favourite treats, you’re more likely to be unhappy with your diet. Keep a few of your favourite treats in the cupboard, just try to be conscious about how much sugar you are consuming.
Replace sugary drinks with lemon water
Sugary drinks are believed to be a big cause of excess weight. They are packed with sugars, and it can be very easy to forget that! Try replacing some with lemon water. The lemon aids some sweetness but is also great for your digestion system and skin health. If water and lemon is too plain for your preference, try herbal or green teas instead.
Published: 18 November 2021