8 Habits Of Highly Healthy People

  1. Routine:

I cannot stress how important having a routine is. It can seem boring when looking in from the outside but this structure is set up for success and reduces the chances of failure. Eventually this will become habit and you won’t need to think about what’s next. Having a routine makes a healthy and fit lifestyle easy to accomplish.

When starting out, you may have lots of plans for you new lifestyle. I would recommend that you don’t completely change your life over night but instead incorporate little changes day by day or week by week.

As I always say, if you stick to something for a month, day in day out, you won’t ever have to think about it again. It will become normal and a habit – GOALS.

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2. Go outside

Sometime we have lazy days, we are all guilty of it. Make sure you always spend at least 30 minutes actively walking outside. When possible always walk, take the stairs etc to try and get in those recommended 10,000 steps. Pop to the shops, walk instead of drive, walk that extra bus stop down, offer to take the dog for a walk or even better – go for a run, just do whatever it takes.

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3. Drink Water

This is my biggest struggle. Unless I’m working out and actually REALLY thirsty I tend to forget all about water. Try and drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Remember if you add this to your routine it should be easy in a few weeks.

Drinking water helps you to increase energy to keep you on top form throughout the day. This will help you to maintain your focus on your daily goals.

It gets rid of all those toxins that we come in to contact with giving you clear, fresh beautiful skin and boosts your immune system.

There are so many other benefits as well including;

  • weightloss
  • Mood boost
  • Headache cure
  • Save money (water is free)

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4. Balanced Diet (but don’t believe in dieting)

Never start a diet that isn’t sustainable. You will need to change your diet but this is a change you have to make that will last forever. This eliminates all fad diets, short term low calorie diets or anything of the sort. You need to find a diet that incorporates all the healthy food groups so you don’t loose out on any key nutrients.

You need to limit the sugar and the carbohydrates and increase the protein to promote muscle and decrease body fat.

Please don’t cut out any food groups as this is not sustainable for the future.

If people ask me what diet I’m on or what I do the answer is is that I’m not on a diet I just eat healthily. I still eat naughty food now and again, no ones perfect and it tastes good 😉

Remember diet is DIE with a T.

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5.  Get enough sleep

Going back to point one, routine, you really should have a regular bedtime. Your body craves consistency so schedule bedtime like you would other important things you do.

When you are sleep deprived you are unable to focus and this prevents you from performing your daily duties well. This also affects your mood and can make your day a worse than it should be.

With enough sleep you will look so much better, your skin can clear up, your happy and a delight to be around.

Sleep and metabolism are controlled by the same area of the brain. Those of you who are starting your weight-loss journey should ensure that they up their rest as well. This will help speed up results.

For adults the recommend amount of sleep you should get is between 7 – 9 hours daily. Saying that, science has shown that more than 9 hours of sleep on a regular basis increases the risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease and even death so don’t get carried away.

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6. Look on the bright side

When you are positive it attracts positive things. Meditate, drink water, be happy. Only you are in control of how you think and feel, no one else. When you think positively about things you reduce stress and are more likely to achieve your goals – a healthy fit life.

If your feeling really down make a gratitude list. List 10 things you are truly grateful for each day. This can change on how you reflect on your day/ life.

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7.  Meal Prep

I am a big supporter of meal prep as it makes keeping on track and saying healthy a lot easily. Its quite tricky finding something healthy to eat out and about on the go and when you get really hungry its easy to fall in to the trap of buying something unhealthy. We’ve all been there and done it but if you have a tasty prepared meal to hand its much harder to get tempted.

When you eat regularly and often this cuts cravings and keeps you full and satisfied for longer. Not to mention the amount of money you can save. Eating out every day at work can rack up a serious bill at the end of the month.

Joe Wicks Lean in 15 books are a good source for finding easy meal prep options – I’m a big fan. You can find them on Amazon.

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8. No Excuses

If I can do it, you can do it. No excuses, be strong and stay motivated.

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Kaia at The Ned

I think one of the most challenging things (when watching your weight) are the weekends.  When most people think of the weekend, it involves eating out, drinking alcohol, unwinding and letting go. When going to a fine dining restaurant, you don’t want to miss out by opting for the garden salad and be the party pooper. Finding a classy and sophisticated place to eat that meets your dietary requirements can be a challenge, even in London.

After hearing a lot of good things about The Ned and it being described as ‘Harrods food hall crossed with Vegas’ I was very interested to go and see for myself.

The Ned hotel itself is stunning, on arrival you are greeted by large pillars, stunning chequered floors and a live band. Located in Bank, it contains multiple restaurants to pick from including:

  • Cecconi’s
  • Millie’s Lounge
  • Zobler’s Deli & Diner
  • Kaia
  • Malibu Kitchen
  • Lutyens Grill

This is one of the number one destinations for instagrammers on the gram, so I had to pay it a visit. It is fairly new and a creation by the people behind the likes of Soho House.

I booked a table at Kaia based on the healthy options available. The images on the website looked very colourful and tempted me to give it at go, especially as health was the main promotion factor. https://www.thened.com/restaurants/kaia

The cuisine is Asian pacific with poke bowls being the main attraction. For those who do not no what a poke bowl is, it is a traditional Hawaiian dish in a bowl that contains raw fish. It is a healthy eating trend that has recently hit The States and been extremely popular. This is a very new thing for The UK. In Hawaii the cubed fish is often eaten over a bowl of sushi rice and vegetables.

There were three options of poke bowls, 2 with raw fish and one vegetarian. I opted for the vegetarian as I wanted to try something from the grill as well.

We had:

  • The rainbow poke bowl – this included papaya, avocado, and tamari glazed nuts
  • Chicken meat balls
  • Teriyaki salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Edamame beans

Menu found here – Kaia Menu

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The edamame beans has a lovely spicy sauce on them. Not that easy to eat though as they were very saucy and you are not provided with any wet wipes or water bowl to clean your hands. The asparagus was very standard, nothing special at all. I wouldn’t say 12 slices for £6 was worth it on this occasion. The salmon was delicious, melt in the mouth perfectly cooked and not too saucy. It also came with a very healthy portion of pickled ginger which is my absolute favourite, so very impressed with that. Cant comment on the chicken meat balls as I didn’t give them a try but they looked very good, healthy portion and sizzling on arrival. The poke bowls were of a large healthy size and the fruit and veg tasted very fresh and crisp.

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To drink we had:

  • Guava Gimlet – Bombay Sapphire, toasted cardamon, guava cordial

Menu found here – Kaia Cocktails 

The cocktail was sweet, short and very strong. It didn’t have that strong nasty taste but I would say too many of these could be very dangerous. I am not suggesting this as a healthy option at all, this is just me enjoying myself 🙂 Ideally no alcohol and certainly no more than one. I have also been honest and realistic, I simply do what I do for confidence and happiness reasons and so one or two drinks now and again it absolutely fine.

I cannot say I was blown away by the seating arrangements. You have to sit opposite each other on a very long table with stools instead of chairs. There is no cloak room and you are encouraged to hang your belongings on a hook under the table. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere but I would say these seating arrangements bring it to the standard of a posh Wagamamas.

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All Inclusive Holidays and your Diet

Whether you are an avid gym goer or not, most of us make a special effort before we go on holiday. We wait all year for those few weeks off we get and we want to look our best and at the same time thoroughly enjoy ourselves.

Now if you are the same as me, nice food (the naughty food) is part of thoroughly enjoying yourself but you need to be careful, especially in the all inclusive. In these hotels there is no need to think about what you have eaten or what you plan to eat and drink for that day as everything is unlimited.  You always see these typical tourists with plates piled so high that it is almost unimaginable that they could eat it all, unfortunately I have witnessed that it is indeed possible.

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I’m by no means suggesting that you shouldn’t eat anything tasty and off you plan whilst away but please do it within reason. You have worked so hard to achieve this holiday body and are probably feeling fantastic when on the beach and in all you holiday outfits so don’t ruin it now.

What I do:

I often miss breakfast everyday as I honestly cannot wake up on time and anyone who knows me well knows that I love my sleep and a nap. I don’t think it’s a proper holiday if I don’t get to have a daily nap.

First meal of the day is lunch – I usually have a healthy selection of the salads and any meats from the grill and any sauces available. I often finish with a nice plate full of fruits. Diet coke or water to drink.

For dinner I have the same as lunch (maybe a slice of bread if needed)

When I go on holiday I have alcohol in the evenings nearly every night (not ideal I know, but realistic) and for snacks I usually eat crisps (my guilty pleasure). What is a holiday if you don’t lie on the bed after a day of sunbathing eating Lays ey?

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Normally on the last day of the holiday I will go absolutely all out, because I’ve earned it. This involves no holding back and eating exactly what I want and like. You would have noticed from the rest of my blog I do not promote weekly cheat days or meals but this is ok once or twice a year.

Happy holidays

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Mood and Diet

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I haven’t written a blog for a month but I am back now with a new topic – How our mood can effect our diets, mainly focusing on stress and anxiety.

Whatever life we lead, we will at some point suffer from stress. This effects peoples diets in one of two ways:

  1.  You comfort eat or eat your pain away. When taken to the extreme this is classified as an eating disorder and actually a psychiatric condition.
  2. You don’t eat or under eat. Anorexia is the extreme in this case and a well known eating disorder.

Both 1 and 2 have serious effects on your diet whether they are extreme cases or not. Most people would assume that 1 is far worse than 2 (when thinking about your weight) but that is not necessarily true.

When you are in a good mood you often feel motivated and unstoppable. The more you do the more you can do. You see results, you’re excited to get back to the gym and push yourself. It is a positive cycle, you push yourself to do good and so you achieve good.

When you are in a bad mood you need to try and stop the negative cycle. The less you do, the less you can do. A week eating badly has a knock on effect and the impact can last a lot longer than anticipated.

We all have unique lives and at some point we may all suffer from one of the below:

  • Relationship problems – breakup, divorce, arguments
  • Money worries
  • Exams
  • Work stress
  • Family problems

My personal experience:

When very stressed I can get so absorbed and involved with the issue at hand that I actually forget to eat. As I have trained myself to work out at least 4 times a week and it is now habit but this means I have to be very careful. You should not go to the gym if you are not eating properly. It can be very dangerous causing muscle waste and can lead to weakness and passing out. The immediate effect will be that you loose weight and for some this might seem like a quick way to achieve your goal. Please take note that this will not last, you will not be able to exercise properly, in the long term it is not realistic, you will be skinny but not fit and most likely in a few weeks time over eat to compensate having the opposite effect.

This is why it is so important to focus on health instead of the focus being vanity – looks and weight loss. What is the point of looking fantastic if you don’t feel fantastic. To be honest this isn’t really possible anyway as when you loose weight in the wrong way you often look ill, your skin suffers, you are not toned and look gaunt in the face and I am certain this is no ones goal.

Try and use these difficult times and turn them into something positive. Remember god will only put you in situations that you can handle and they are there to make you stronger. If you are eating properly you can release the stress in the gym and turn those negative feelings into positive ones as when you work out you release endorphins (feel good hormones). Whenever I am down I head to the gym, have a really intense session and often feel great afterwards. I use the gym as a place of therapy and happiness.

Whatever is consuming you don’t let it get in the way of your goals, it simply isn’t worth it.

Just chill like this cat 😉

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The Facts about Fruits

Most people believe that fruit is super healthy and if you eat as much as possible of it, you are bound to loose weight and are a super healthy individual. The truth is, it is both healthy and unhealthy and everything in moderation is alright. Fruit contains plenty of fiber, minerals and vitamins that are really beneficial in any diet but most fruits contain a very high sugar content. Too much sugar, no matter where it comes from can seriously impact your weight, health and physical appearance.

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If you are anything like me and love fruit it would be impossible to cut this out of your diet and also quite inadvisable. Despite the sugar content, you do not want to miss out on key nutrients and we all need a bit of natural sugar to keep us going. I would recommend that most fruit is consumed before 12 o clock when your digestive system and metabolism is most active. I would also recommend that if you follow the ‘5 a day’ rule, which is actually now ’10 a day’ that more than 50% of this is vegetables.

Please believe me when I say, you could be the healthiest person and not eat one bite of processed food but if you are eating too much fruit you can still gain weight!

There is a saying that if you eat certain fruits they burn calories. You cannot eat a piece of chocolate cake and then eat 5 grapefruits and hope that this will counteract the cake. The fruits below have certain enzyme qualities that speed up and assist the way we break down food. This allows your metabolism to work at its optimum rate. These fruits are best consumed after a large meal:

  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Berries
  • Papaya

Fruits that are best avoided or eaten least often due to very high sugar content are:

  • Cherries
  • Pomegranate
  • Grapes
  • Mangos
  • Figs

This is only  based on sugar content and each one of these fruits do have their own qualities and benefits.

Bananas actually contain the most amount of sugar and are high in carbs but these provide a lot of healthy energy in the morning. I would not recommend having a banana in the evening and certainly no more than one per day. The trick to consume less sugar is to eat bananas before they are dark yellow, the yellower they are the more sugar they contain. This is why dried fruit contains so much sugar  – the riper the fruit the more sugar it contains, (stay away).

The facts broken down:

Apples – We have all heard the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and it is some what true. It reduces the risk of lung cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer, especially the red apples.

Bananas – contain  a lot of potassium which helps with good nerve and muscle function.

Blackberries and Blueberries – contain many antioxidants, these help prevent cancer, and studies have shown the blackberry extract to assist with curing lung cancers.

Peaches – Very high in vitamin A, this helps to boost our immune systems and fights off disease and infection.

Raspberries – These contain various acids that help protect you from contracting cervical cancer and consuming them regularly can help cure colon and esophageal cancers.

The list of benefits continues and you can find our more information in this artical I found on Canada Living – http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/article/the-top-25-healthy-fruits-blueberries-apples-cherries-bananas-and-21-more-healthy-picks

Please do not be fooled by juice bars, natural juices and dried fruit as these are extremely high in sugar and shout be completed removed from any healthy diet. This will protect your weight and your teeth.

Just remember everything should be consumed in moderation and this is just a guideline to make you more mindful when choosing your healthy snack.

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First Workout

Firstly I want to say congratulations as you have completed the first hurdle. You have got past the ‘I should loose weight’ or ‘I should make a change’ to ‘I am going to make a change’. So many of us sit on our sofas complaining about being over weight, tired, or not looking that person on Love Island but what are we actually doing about it?

When you have decided you are going to do something about it, that is fantastic but there are many hurdles ahead. On my first day going to the gym I felt like I didn’t belong there at all and had very little confidence. I didn’t think that I fitted in as I didn’t know how all the machines work, I wasn’t physically fit, and simply felt like everyone was thinking ‘what is she even doing here’. Now I am a regular at the gym and I can guarantee that no one is thinking these things, in fact they probably don’t even notice you because they are too wrapped up in their own workout and fitness regime. Everyone in the gym has one thing in common, they are there to better themselves and we all respect each other for that no matter what stage of the journey you are at.

Despite me preaching this to you I know it can still be very intimidating and a way to build your confidence is to start off with home workouts. With the internet there are so many youtube workouts that are accessible for free and many require no equipment. I would suggest purchasing some dumbbells to help you out and prepare you for the gym but that is a matter of choice as there are so many very effective body weight workouts available to you.

I used to do 4 – 5 HIIT workouts a week. This was very time effective as you only need to workout 30 minutes a day. It also increases your fitness level and you can learn new exercises and practice technique within the privacy of your own home. You can stop and start the sessions at any point and you don’t need to worry about being out of breath and doing things wrong. I worked out at home for a good 2 months before actually entering the gym and when I finally got to the gym I had a good understanding of what I needed to do and the confidence that what I was doing works.

Most people feel the greatest confidence when on the treadmill. Please do not spend hours on this, in fact 20 minutes is more then enough. When in the gym focus on weights and bodyweight exercises in order to see changes in the shortest amount of time. I would say 90% of the time spent in the gym should be completely away from all machines. Why use a machine to assist you when you body can do the work itself? Especially women, but also men do not need to lifting weight that your own body cannot support itself.

The most effective and simple exercises to start off with are listed below:

  • Walking up hill on the treadmill
  • Interval sprints
  • squats
  • Lunges
  • Press ups
  • Crunches
  • Bent over row

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After mastering these you can do more advanced training and exercise. Isolate muscle groups on certain days of the week and see your results improve even faster.

Keep motivated and don’t give up, you will get there as the method never fails if you have determination.

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Fat to Fit in 14 days

From following my tight fitness schedule, being motivated and letting nothing get in the way I was able to reduce my weight but most importantly change my body shape and image for the better in 14 days.

Please see the two pictures below – they are from August 2016 and 14 days apart.

Photo 1 06/10/2016: Drinking for 7 days straight, minimal exercise and eating anything and everything whenever I like.

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As you can see, I am what you would call squishy, you can see I have no definition. You can see that my belly and legs are soft and bumpy – this is due to the excess fat and probably water retention from too much salt intake. I put on a lot of weight on my face as well so it is a lot rounder than it is today.

Photo 2 20/10/2016: No/minimal alcohol, no carbs, regular 5 days a week exercise pattern.

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I still do not have any muscle definition and I am by no means the picture of fitness here but there is a dramatic difference. My waist is a lot more defined and narrower. Less bloating and no wrinkly skin. I still have big legs but this takes a lot of time and effort and cannot be significantly reduced within this time period. This is simply work in progress to inspire.

In order to find out how I achieved this change so  quickly and in detail follow my up and coming blog posts.

If you have any particular questions please feel free to leave a comment and I can feature for question in a post.

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