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In short, this blog is about Healthy Living. I have been on a journey to live a healthier life for many years now and I am really enjoying sharing all my tips and tricks with you.
For me healthy living is about so much more than healthy diet and exercise. Healthy living is looking at all areas of life. Everything we do, think and breathe affects our health and wellbeing. Healthy nutrition and exercise are essential to living our best life, don’t get me wrong, but they are not all. You can eat as much broccoli as you want but if you are unhappy in your job or your relationship, you are never going to be the happy and healthy person you deserve to be. In order to live a healthy, happy life, we need to look at our relationships, our career, our lifestyle and how we are being with ourselves to get the full picture of our health.
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You’ve finished dinner and you are watching TV or you are on your computer. Suddenly you get this urge to go to the kitchen and look for something. You look in every cupboard and think: “mmh what I am in the mood for?”. Then you remember this yummy snack that accidently slipped into your shopping cart last time you went grocery shopping and you thank yourself for ditching all healthy eating regimes and you grab the snack without thinking twice. You curl up on the couch and you enjoy the snack to its fullest!
Does this sound familiar?
It does to me.
I used to do this every evening!
At some point I started thinking that my body needed this snack fix. I got so used to it.
Until I met my partner…
He never snacked in the evening. When I went to the cupboard in the search of something sweet and asked him if he wanted something, he would reply with this weird answer that he was not hungry or something! Completely irrelevant! You can read more about “What I have learnt by living with a skinny person” here.
Eventually I felt more and more ashamed of my need to snack when he was not that I tried to stop. When my urge came I would try to distract myself and do something else. I also know that if I snack too late then I will have trouble sleeping, so I set myself a deadline. Snack before 9pm or not at all. By distracting myself enough until 9pm and only then realising how late it was, that really worked. At some point I just didn’t think about it or want a snack.
If you snack in the evenings, try to find out what is missing for you. Why are you snacking? Do you need company? Then talk to your partner or reach out to a friend. Is something else bothering you for you to need to a snack?
Think about it! Those are just extra calories that your body certainly doesn’t need! And you feel so much better if you stop! All of a sudden you are hungry in the mornings for breakfast, which as they say is the healthiest meal of the day!! Read about that here.
For me it was clearly that I was lonely! After moving in with my partner, the need to snack slowly disappeared, by distracting myself long enough that my body eventually didn’t need or want it anymore.
What can you do to stop snacking? Share in the comments below!
PS: I found this article with tricks to help you stop snacking. Take a look!
Did you know that being overweight or living unhealthily increases your risk of many lifestyle related diseases, like autoimmune diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, and obesity.
Did you know that there are things you can do that would really help you lose weight and hence decrease the risk of getting sick.
Here are 5 of them:
Most of us eat too fast and do not really appreciate what we are eating. We often eat while doing something else like working on the computer or watching TV.
The pleasure in eating lies in slowing down! Chew your food and really taste it! Look at the food you’re eating, smell it and notice what you are thinking. Chew each bite at least 30 times and breathe! Turn off the phone, computer or TV. Really be present! Appreciate what you are nourishing your body with.
This is a Japanese proverb that means “eat until you are 80% full”. This makes so much sense, as it takes the brain approximately 20 minutes to receive the signal from the stomach that it is full and it’s ok to stop eating. Most of us have lost our ability to listen to our bodies. It takes practice, but you can learn to listen to it again. Try to eat until you are 80% full. I promise you that your body does not need more!
Drink more water
Did you know that your body is made up of between 60-75% water? It’s no surprise that how much you drink can affect your health. Too much water could result in mineral imbalances, while too little could cause dehydration, headaches, or fatigue.
Everywhere you read about water, there is a different recommendation for how much water to drink. Listen to your body and always have water with you! Start your day with water and keep drinking throughout the day. Drink less in the evenings to avoid toilet breaks during the night!
Find your own rhythm, but do drink more water!
Distribute your food
Let’s say you need to eat about 100 units per day (don’t bother worrying about what a unit is or why we need 100, it is just an example). Think about distributing these units throughout the day.
If you used 30 on breakfast, 5 on a midmorning snack and then have a big lunch of 40 units, then you are only left with 25 units for afternoon snack and dinner. In other words, if you have a big lunch, then have a smaller dinner. If you want dessert then only have it once day. Don’t have it after lunch AND after dinner. Choose one and be happy about it. There is always tomorrow. It’s about finding a healthy balance.
Limit your alcohol consumption
If you are going out and you want to drink alcohol, then be smart about it. Firstly, hydrate throughout the day so you don’t mess up your system too much in the evening. Then, eat lightly throughout the day, so you still have a few units to spare when drinking. Finally, choose your alcohol right. Wine has the fewest calories and you don’t need to drink too much before feeling it. Liquor is even better, but watch what you mix it with. Enjoy a gin without the tonic or rum without the coke. If you have to have beer, especially in football season, then have ONE! Enjoy it and then drink wine or liquor the rest of the evening.
I hope this makes sense. I promise you that if you follow these guidelines that you will feel better!
Weight loss doesn’t have to be hard! You need to be smart about it and take one step at a time! If you need more support or guidance, then book a free coaching session with me. Click here to book your session!
Please let me know if you have comments or questions.