So the healthy fitness posts have started on social media, the celebrity videos are weaved in amongst the adverts on TV and everyone around me is thinking about diets and fitness programs. I think it’s important to get healthy, don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s important all year round. Not just for January. I thought I would put a few ideas together on what to stock in the cupboards for a healthy New Year, all year!
Stocking up the cupboards doesn’t mean, fill it with 5% less fat products. Most of the time these have more sugar in them and are best to stay away, look a little beyond the food too. Here are my top tips for a healthy New Year:
With the NHS boosting self care, #SelfCare, it’s important to stock up on the right medicines to store in the cupboard. For example these two products can be purchased in your local Holland & Barrett: ImmunPRO & Silicol gel. These two items are perfect to be kept for when they are needed. ImmunPRO creates a physical barrier in the mouth and throat against viruses. This time of year is renowned for viruses, especially as the children have gone back to school. It can be taken as a preventative or at the early signs of a virus, like a sore throat. I am keeping them nearby for the next month or so. Silicol gel is a great treatment if you have eaten too many Christmas Dinners over the festive period. It can treat heartburn, reflux and the symptoms of IBS.
Eat what you love
I do not agree with eating things that you dislike and not eating the things you love. For example, to lose weight you might think you need to give up sweet stuff. That’s not true. You can find a lot of healthy sweet treat recipes online, have a look at recipe books too and find some yummy meals with the foods you like.
Eat carbs after work outs
This is something I picked up from my husband when he was doing the 90 Day plan with The Body Coach the other year. He lost a lot of weight in the first 2 months and one of the factors behind this was he would eat carbs after a workout and eat low carbs on days he didn’t work out. This helps you feel less bloated too, all those Christmas Dinners for example leave you feeling rotund and sleepy. Eating like that all of the time will have it’s effects on your day to day routines. Stock up on low carb foods for meals: vegetables for example.
This is something we do at home, well my husband does as he is the chef. He whips up amazing food, like slow cooked chilli using Quorn mince and then after it’s cooled he puts it into to Tupperware and freezes it. Ready for when we want it. This is great as it is a low carb meal that is extremely tasty and ready to grab and defrost! Perfect for these cold nights too where you want warming comfort food. Well, I do. Have it with a helping of greens and grate some cheese on top or with a jacket potato and cheese if you have had a work out.
Make sure you take the right vitamins. Make this become part of your daily routine. I now take Iron, Folic Acid, Vitamin C and a couple of other immune system boosting vitamins. On doctors orders too. I have been feeling really lethargic lately due to low iron and folate levels, so it just goes to show how important it is to make sure the balance is right in your body. If you are not feeling “normal” for you and you cannot self care, get checked out by your local GP. I had blood tests and that indicated clearly what was wrong.
If you have any more tips on what to stock the cupboards with this January to stay healthy all year and the New Year, please do share them with me in a comment below or on social media: @mummyconstant.