To me there’s nothing better than a meal where you just chop up a bunch of different things and throw it all into the oven to take care of itself. If it ends up looking and tasting fantastic then that’s a huge bonus – and if it’s healthy too then it’s basically a dream recipe in my book! [Read more…]
Every year at this time we’re bombarded with endless ‘How to avoid Christmas weight gain’ articles that pop up on the internet and in various magazines and newspapers. While I’m all for healthy eating, this always make me a little bit sad. It seems that instead of focusing on the opportunity to kick back and relax, spend time with our families and enjoy delicious food that we don’t normally eat, Christmas is being portrayed as a battleground of overindulgence, guilt and stress about weight gain.
In my opinion Christmas just isn’t the time for advice about packing your own healthy snacks, going for the salad instead of the roast potatoes and having fruit instead of dessert. Instead, it should be a time to loosen up a bit on our usual restraint and restriction and enjoy a little indulgence.
However, on the other hand, we can fall into the trap of overindulging just because it’s Christmas – and spending the rest of the day groaning on the couch wishing we hadn’t eaten so much.
So how can you enjoy a bit of indulgence at Christmas without going overboard? [Read more…]
When it comes to healthy morning habits, I’m not one to preach the virtues of drinking a litre of warm lemon water, performing 17 sun salutations and meditating for an hour before starting your day. I love my morning coffee as much as the next person, and a morning workout for me generally consists of hitting the snooze button repeatedly for 20 minutes. But there is one morning ritual I will preach the merits of, and that’s breakfast.
I know this advice is nothing new. We all get told we should eat breakfast, in fact the health and fitness industry sounds like one giant broken record when it comes to this topic. But it’s for good reason; although perhaps not the reasons you might think…. [Read more…]
Unless you’re replacing your morning coffee with kale juice, dragging yourself out of bed at 5am for another punishing workout and spending your entire Sunday afternoon preparing food for the week, these days it can feel like you’re just not trying hard enough. It seems that being healthy has become a full time job, with overtime.
We can mostly blame social media for this, with ‘healthy lifestyles’ now paraded all over Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and basically anywhere you look. Impressive as these displays of dedication are, I don’t really blame people for feeling like they just can’t quite be bothered with it all. Witnessing the endless stream of health and fitness routines is exhausting enough, let alone actually trying to do any of this stuff yourself.
But rest assured, looking after yourself doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of abstinence and self flagellation. Here are just a few of the many things you don’t actually need to do to be healthy: [Read more…]