If you currently feel amazing, worship your body like a temple and look like a Goddess (or God!), eat your 5 (or 10) a day, have 8 hours uninterrupted sleep every night and love every minute then this post probably isn’t for you! Please do keep reading though as I still love talking to you!
I am not an expert, I just have my own health struggles and have done the research, plus plenty of trial and error, to find things that work for me – these are my top 5 easy health tips:
- My biggest health issue is Anaemia, my iron levels have been alternating between a little low to the absurd for too long. Anaemia makes me feel worn out, fluey and I wake up each day with what feels horribly like a hangover. Clearly I needed more iron in my rather feeble diet, however I suffer from a chronic case of cooking fatigue – as the only vegetarian in the family I often can’t face cooking an extra meal, I also prefer to eat lighter meals. I have found the answer to be smoothies – super easy to prepare and an instant hit of everything I need. My go-to recipe takes 5 minutes in the morning and is the perfect way to start the day:
- Raspberries/any other berry type fruit (frozen)
- a cup of freshly boiled water
- Whizz in a blender and serve!
- It doesn’t look pretty but it does the trick!
- I have found that my dietary changes have not been enough on their own to get things under control. I have pretty awful periods (putting it nicely so I don’t put anyone off their dinner!) which doesn’t help my iron problems. I have been prescribed a liquid iron supplement which tastes awful (they’ve tried and failed to make it taste like chocolate of all things!). I have to admit though that it has made a difference, I’ve also started taking a regular pro-biotic as I’ve found it has helped alleviate some of the tummy problems that the iron supplement exacerbated.
- Cutting down on sugar. This one has been really hard for me, I come from a long line of sweet toothed sugar freaks but I knew it was important. Sugar makes our energy levels bounce around like a game of ping pong. I know this is where I should say I gave up all sugar and became a saint but that was simply never going to happen, I love cakes, biscuits, chocolate and don’t even get me started on how much I need a Starbucks skinny hot chocolate with just a little bit of cream in my life. So basically I have just cut down, all things in moderation. I still get my hot chocolate, I just can’t have a mid afternoon biscuit and pudding too. It really does make a difference.
- It’s not rocket science that having a young family makes finding time to exercise more difficult. After realising how much money we were wasting on unused gym memberships I set about finding a way to incorporate exercise into my life in an achievable way. I started running and I loved it, so much so that I completed my first half marathon in 2013. I still felt like something was missing though, I used to really enjoy taking classes and although running had helped me lose the baby weight I was still untoned. I started doing exercise DVDs (mainly celebrity endorsed ones) and noticed a slight improvement but nothing amazing. At the beginning of 2014 I ordered the Insanity DVDs and I am now a total convert! It is by far the hardest workout I have ever done, it really makes me wonder what I was doing at the gym all those years. 10 months later I’m not going to tell you my body is perfect, far from it, but after having 3 children it’s not half bad! Best thing about Insanity and running? I can put the DVD on whenever I want, even the girls enjoy having a go, I don’t have to rely on childcare. If I’m running I go early morning or after the youngest is in bed. I don’t have any more excuses. Exercise motivates me to improve my diet, makes me feel healthier and happier.
- Sleep, sleep, sleep – so much easier said than done with a two year old in the house. If she makes it through the night (which luckily is getting more often) she is still wide awake and full of beans pre 6am, if we’re really unlucky it’s pre 5.30am. Including since our eldest daughter was born, we have had 7 years of lousy sleep, significantly worse in the last 2. I have come to accept that a being in bed by 8.30-9pm is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just essential and makes me feel better. There are those people who roll their eyes when you explain you have to Sky+ anything on past the watershed but I know our time will come again!!
I’d love to hear about any super easy health tips that have worked for you!