Eeeek… RUN, INTERVAL TRAINING, SLOW AND STEADY, CARDIO BEFORE BREAKFAST, HIGH FAT, LIGHT BREAKFAST, BIG BREAKFAST, EAT COCONUT OIL, EAT BUTTER, FAST TWICE A WEEK, DON’T FAST, MEDITATE, DRINK JUICE, DON’T DRINK JUICE, BE HAPPY, VEGO IS BEST, PALEO IS BEST….ARRRGHHH.. CARBS MIGHT KILL MY BRAIN CELLS…
You can thank social media for all this! It can be so overwhelming at times, even someone like myself starts to feel a tad confused.
But here are some things that I believe you should just do.
Limit sugar – I read constantly about different diets and plans and what people say works best, but I am all about bio individuality and what works for one may not work for another. We are all so beautifully unique and we need to learn to make the choice that is right for us. But the one thing I do believe is for everyone is – LIMIT YOUR SUGAR! Sugar is poison and it is the main culprit for our global obesity rise. No this doesn’t mean give up those few squares of dark chocolate or the little treats you have OCCASIONALLY but its does mean think about how much sugar you put in your body everyday, you would be surprised if you started to pay close attention.
Exercise smart – Quality not quantity, we have heard it all before. It applies to many aspects of health, relationships, food, work – fitness! Shorter bursts of high quality and high intensity is the way to go! More bang for your buck! Especially when time isn’t your friend and you don’t have a spare 90mins to cruise around the gym, checking yourself out! You can do a 8min tabata training session and feel more hammered, I see more results from my clients doing something like this, than someone strolling round the gym from station to station with a program in their hands! Doesn’t hurt to count your workouts, but most importantly make your workouts count!
Sleep, sleep and more sleep – Despite the stories you have heard, successful people strive without or with minimal sleep. Maybe like 3% of the population who truly live happily without it! For us mortals sleep is the most important part of your lifestyle and wellbeing. Allows for repair, recovery, growth, brain development, healing, boosts immune systems… improves overall life quality. Aim to get a regular sleep pattern happening, and with the circadian rhythm at its best between 9pm-11pm make sure your in bed early! Most people need 7hours min.
Be grateful – Saying thank you is one of the powerful phrases. Research actually shows that people who practice positivity and gratitude have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, high levels of endorphins, positive emotions, fewer feelings of loneliness. The value of gratitude for me I experienced many years ago and its something that will always be a huge part of my life. Affirmations and Journaling, I do it every night before bed and first thing when I wake up. The more you do it the more in becomes routine and you reap the rewards. I really notice a difference when I don’t do it. End the week with what you are grateful for? Then start ending your day that way? Its amazing how it makes you realise that life is a blessing no matter which way you look at it, there is always something to be thankful for. Trust me.
Nourish that body of yours – glowing, feeling good, having energy consistently – those things don’t just happen.. I actively work on these every day! People ask me how my skin is so fresh and young, they say you glow and look healthy…. How do I do it??? By feeding myself beautiful wholefoods, organic where possible and of importance. You cant expect to fuel your body with rubbish and then not look like it, we on the outside are a direct reflection of our insides. You put crap in consistently, you will look crap I promise. Stay away from processed, packaged, take away and additive foods as much as you can. Stick to fresh farm and seasonal produce, organic meats and clean alkalised water. Limit your alcohol too!
Love yourself – So many people are so busy waiting for someone to love us that they have forgotten about the one person we need to love first – thats ourselves. Firstly be kind to ourselves, focus on your positives, your abilities and admirable traits. Let go of nasty negative judgment mindless chatter. You are not perfect – NO ONE is! Be willing to embrace your imperfections, its normal to feel all emotions. We don’t always have to be at the top of our game. Its our jobs as humans to feel every emotion, and if you do then credit to you! Thats truly living.
Be the change you wish to see in the world – this is and will always be my favourite mantra of all time… its powerful and reigns so much truth.
A different world – for you and for the little eyes and ears that are listening and watching, it all begins with you!
Have you thought about what you will take with you to 2015?