With a new year round the corner, it’s usually about this time I hit melt down mode and wonder how the heck I’m going to restore the state of my health and wellbeing going forward.
Typically, a frantic googling session ensues desperately seeking weekend wellness retreats (speaking of, I’m looking forward to the Happy & Wild Yoga Retreat on 18th Jan) and juicing diet plans, but this time I feel alarmingly prepared for the year ahead.
2017 has helped me adjust in to a healthier lifestyle, thus 2018 does not intimidate me. Here’s my tips for a healthy, positive new year…
I’m going to start with The Gut Makeover by Jeanette Hyde. It’s a 4 week plan set to revolutionise your gut health. Research has shown the state of your gut is central to health and mental issues. Essentially, the plan aims to rid your gut of all bad bacteria, and re-build the gut lining to a stronger state preparing for easier digestion. The recipes look delicious and aren’t restrictive at all. You can enjoy dishes like Pork Schnitzel and Banana & Almond Breakfast Muffins.
Soups are always a favourite in maintaining a healthy eating plan. Whilst I like to make my own, it can be tough when a busy schedule gets in the way. I rely on the Glorious ‘Mindful’ Soups range when I’m pushed for time. The whole range is gluten free and contain two of your five-a-day. My favourite is the Tuscan Chicken!
Lastly, the Lifebox membership is going to revolutionise my snacking habits. Each (monthly) box contains an array of sweet and savoury snacks, all GF/DF and vegan friendly. I’ve sampled the Every Day Wellness box, and I’m going to try the Women’s Health Lifebox too.
The festive period can lead to excessive boozing, with a ‘if it’s not Moet darling, I’m not drinking it’ attitude to boot! I’m majorly cutting back in the new year, and have found some delicious non-alcoholic beverages to help.
The James White soft drinks range of Apple Juices are delicious, the Elderflower in particular is super refreshing. Great Uncle Cornelius Ginger (spiced with fresh root ginger juice) and Rhubarb (light, pink pressed rhubarb) Refreshers are also great alternatives to alcohol in the new year.
As the wider issue of mental health is increasingly prominent in todays society, individuals turn to a plethora of therapy options. I’m starting a course of Floatation therapy at Floatworks in the new year. The sessions last an hour in a floatation pod and have proven to improve anxiety, stress and depression symptoms. It’s also shown to have helped with physical ailments such as back pain, headaches and stiff joints.
People are often put off by the thought of a healthy lifestyle presuming it creates limitations in life. This is 100% not the case. If any thing it opens new doors as you explore alternative recreational activities.
Sweat & Sound’s AURORA – Yoga & Meditation event is a great example. Following previous success, the event held on the 11th January will host a live orchestra to immerse your senses.
Finally, the LDN Talks events are becoming increasingly popular. Loads of dates have just been added to the calendar making it the perfect January outing. The subjects discussed range from mental health, to veganism, to the digital currency, bitcoin.
Happy New Year everyone!