My top 5 easy health tips

 

 

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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:

  1. 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:
    • Spinach/kale
    • Celery
    • 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Xx

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14 Comments on My top 5 easy health tips

  1. spidermummy@hotmail.com'
    Spidermummy x
    21st October 2014 at 9:11 am (3 years ago)

    Great tips! I too suffer with annoying anaemia, largely down to being a Coeliac. It’s quite tiresome isn’t it! Good for you for starting running, it’s such an uplifter I find. I’m tempted to try the Insanity dvd now though that it’s so wet and miserable outside, so many people do swear by it! x

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    • Claire
      21st October 2014 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I do get annoyed with the anaemia when I feel like I’m doing all the right things and the levels still go up and down. I understand it is very difficult for people with Coeliac. I would wholeheartedly recommend Insanity (I am in no way affiliated!), it’s not really cheap but considering we’ve cancelled our gym memberships it has been worth every penny. My husband does it too and the results have been really good, we’re in better shape than ever – well, since I had children anyway, I’m pretty sure I had a better tummy at 18!! It is so hard I sometimes just laugh at the TV though! Xx

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  2. mummytries@gmail.com'
    mummytries
    21st October 2014 at 10:26 am (3 years ago)

    Great tips! I follow a natural diet called GAPS which is refined sugar free, dairy free, grain free. It also relies heavily on probiotics both in fermented foods and supplement form. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I have three kids including a baby whose up six times a night or more, and have never had as much energy #allaboutyou

    http://gaps.me
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    • Claire
      21st October 2014 at 11:42 am (3 years ago)

      Wow, 6+ times a night is really something! You have my total sympathy, our youngest has not been a great sleeper, at 2 years old we’re hopefully turning a corner! I’m going to check out the GAPS diet, it sounds a bit hardcore for me but I’m looking to introduce even more healthy habits into my diet – every time I do I seem to lose some more unhealthy ones as well so it’s definitely a process. Thanks for your lovely comment! Xx

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  3. andy170780@gmail.com'
    andyliftsandmoves
    22nd October 2014 at 6:56 pm (3 years ago)

    There are some great tips here. Sugar, sleep and making exercise convenient are the big ones for me, although sleep is more of a wish than a reality!

    I have a little gym at home which makes exercise super easy to fit around life. Things like only taking the stairs at work help too, I see that as free exercise.

    Good luck keeping making positive changes. It is worth it and incremental, realistic changes are the best way to make it permanent.

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    • Claire
      23rd October 2014 at 11:30 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much for commenting. Glad you liked the list – I am by no means an expert but I have come to realise that it’s all the little changes that add up to something worthwhile rather than aiming to overhaul everything at once.
      A gym at home would be fantastic – if only so the whole family didn’t have to watch me leaping around and collapsing to Insanity!!
      Xx

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  4. jenny@letstalkmommy.com'
    Jenny
    22nd October 2014 at 10:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Fantastic health tips here. I could do with taking your advice. I have been on a really unhealthy path lately and need to kick start it back up again. Great post. thank you so much for linking up to Share WIth Me #sharewithme

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    • Claire
      23rd October 2014 at 11:34 am (3 years ago)

      Being bad is just so much easier isn’t it! Yesterday I’d run out of spinach so instead of finding something else I had a bowl of crunchy nut(yes pure sugar with a crunch!) total laziness!! It really is a process, back on the wagon today! Xx

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  5. hannahclementson@gmail.com'
    Hannah Clementson
    25th October 2014 at 12:11 am (3 years ago)

    Thanks for joining in with my #Anby linky There are some really great tips. I would add drinking 8 glasses of water a day :) x

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    • Claire
      25th October 2014 at 7:48 am (3 years ago)

      Drinking more water is a great tip, I’ve been amazed how much better I feel starting the day with juicing – partly I think because of the extra water! Xx

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  6. Mumsdays@gmail.com'
    Hannah Mums' Days
    27th October 2014 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Really good tips love. I totally agree with juicing – makes such a difference to my health but sleep is the biggy! I love nothing more than an early night and I’ll take an afternoon nap at any opportunity too :) Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou xxx

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    • Claire
      27th October 2014 at 5:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Ooh, an afternoon nap sounds amazing! You’re so right, with sleep I could conquer the world! Xx

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  7. youbabymemummy@gmail.com'
    You Baby Me Mummy
    28th October 2014 at 11:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Great tips, I am trying to lose weight at the moment, so I on the Diet Chef plan. I think a few early nights would help me to feel better! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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    • Claire
      29th October 2014 at 12:36 pm (3 years ago)

      I’ll be really interested to see how your Diet Chef plan goes – I don’t really need to lose a lot of weight but I am interested in how I could lose a little whilst eating proper meals. Being a vegetarian I usually find self diet plans a bit of a faff – I’m so lazy with my own food, more than about 5 ingredients and it’s all too much!
      Sleep…our youngest woke up ready to play at 4am this morning, I’m on my knees!!
      Thanks for reading. Xx

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