I am absolutely delighted to say that Lifestyle changes I have made to lead a healthier life is a guest post by the fabulous Jen who tweets over at LifeMilk2016 and is soon to be found blogging at Life-Milk.com. Jen is a friend of mine and she has motivated me to lead a healthier lifestyle. She really is an inspiration. Have a read of her post below; I am sure she will inspire you too.
Lifestyle changes I have made to lead a healthier life
For those of you that do not know me yet, my name is Jen, I am 28 and I have an 8-year-old daughter named Kourtney. I have been in contact with Sam for some time now and we have previously discussed making changes to live a healthier life. Therefore, I was truly honoured when Sam asked me to do a guest blog post and share the changes I have made to lead a healthier life. I decided to make these choices to feel better within, to improve my sleep pattern and to lead by example with my daughter.
I am not a fan of diets if I am honest and believe me I have tried many. I think they are too much pressure and it can be quite gutting when you do not receive the result you wanted. It took me a long time to make this realisation and instead I have decided to commit to a lifestyle change as opposed to a different diet every so often. I would not say I was a bad eater but I snacked a lot on rubbish and indulged in takeaways a tad too often for my liking. I have always ensured my daughter ate a nutritional and well balanced diet, and guiltily on occasion, I would make a different meal for myself. Despite Kourtney not ever making complaints about this, I felt bad that I would encourage healthy eating but not adhere to it myself.
I also used to struggle massively with sleep, no matter how much I slept – I was always so bloody tired! After going doctors and doing lots of research, I realised that I needed to learn to unwind and switch off before bed but I also had to massively change my lifestyle. I can honestly say I have seen a difference since I have committed myself to this change; I now sleep better and longer. There is nothing worse than feeling tired and crappy, I do not know if anyone can relate but I was just miserable! I have learned to switch off completely about an hour before bed – everything has to stop. Prioritising my sleep is necessary, as it is imperative that I feel good mentally, physically and emotionally.
I started by making very small changes rather than starting drastically and possibly falling off or failing miserably. The first small change I made was having breakfast as I used to skip this meal as a matter of convenience, which is so bad. Breakfast is an important and vital meal, it kick starts your metabolism and prepares you for your day ahead. I did not realise how much it made a difference until I implemented this into my everyday life. Another change that I made was making simple swaps like juice for water, tea for warm lemon water and dairy free alternatives. I honestly feel a difference – less lethargic, happier and more confident.
I am currently reading Amelia Freer’s ‘Eat. Nourish. Glow’ and Clean Eating Alice’s ‘The Body Bible’ and although I am not following their regimes; it has been educating in terms of new recipes, nutrition and realising how much sugar/ salt was in my old diet. I would recommend both books as it is not about restriction or strict diets – it is all about making a lifestyle change for a healthy mind and healthy body. I think there are so many books out there but it is important to get one that will be long term and realistic to adopt, with the end goal making you happy and healthy.
I have started exercising for 30 minutes, Monday to Friday in the morning, before I go to work. I wake up 1 hour earlier than I need to and I am actually enjoying it. I think initially, it was a struggle but my body is getting used to it but I have started to see change and feel better within. I do not even have an end goal in mind with my body, I just want to feel good, gain confidence and be happy. I think Media parades so many beautiful bodies and I used to be caught up in the rat race, which is far to pressurising. Not only that, but everyone’s body is different and we will never know how any of these celebrities actually obtain these beautiful bodies. I am not trying to bash anyone and I am not saying it applies to all celebrities but I have to complete a realistic lifelong journey for myself.
I have recently started meal planning after being inspired by Wendy, a fabulous family and lifestyle blogger over at Daisies & Pie. Wendy’s blog is brilliant and not only for meal planning but for fresh easy recipes and ideas for the family. Meal planning is just great because I have saved more money by not making impulsive splurges on takeaways or quick crappy meals. I always meal plan on a Sunday for the week ahead, so I am able to provide different nutritional meals each day for my daughter and I. I do not restrict myself to one treat night however; I will not overindulge or stuff my face with a takeaway. I am actually quite proud of myself because if I fancy a pizza, I will make one instead with a cauliflower base or pitta bread if I am being lazy. Same with fish and chips, I will make breaded fish and sweet potato fries, delicious and cheaper than going to the chippie.
I have a long way to go and I am not perfect but I know that I want to live a long healthy and happy life. I want to make more changes but when the time is right for me but I feel continue to push myself within reason. I will make this commitment, not only for myself but for my daughter too – many bad eating habits/ unhealthy living are picked up during childhood. I want to demonstrate by example and not just words.
I will list below some changes I have made to lead a healthier life. I hope I have encouraged, helped or inspired at least one person. Just remember to be patient, do your research and make sure, it is right for you and your body.
- Part walk to work
- Dairy free milk and yoghurts
- Warm lemon water/ green tea instead of tea & coffee
- 30 min exercise on week days
- Making my favourite takeaway food instead of ordering in
- Eating meat twice a week
Please feel free to contact me at any of my social media platforms for more information or advice and I will be happy to help. Here is to a happier and healthier life!
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