Sunday, 24 January 2016

Easy switches to healthier living

It's that time of month where people are beginning to struggle with their New Years resolutions. A lot of the time it's to improve our health, our fitness or our careers. I didn't make any myself as I feel like I'm just setting myself up to fail but I have been looking for easier ways that I can make a difference to small areas of my life. Thinking some of you may find these ideas of some use, I decided to make a post on the subject. Right, now let's get on with it!

SNACKS:

If you are anything like me, you might be a serial snacker and it's this that is the bain of my eating habits. I'm the type of person that will happily reach for a chocolate bar and it's not a habit I can or should continue. So I started searching for an alternative to my favourite high calories snacks as I knew just going without wouldn't help. It certainly wasn't easy, when you start looking into it, so many options are just full to the brim of bad ingredients. So I was really pleased to stumble across Nakd bars* by Natural Balance Foods. Firstly, there are the whole host of flavours to choose between from Cocoa Mint to Cashew Cookie to Bakewell Tart, so there really is something for everyone. The bars are made with only a small amount of ingredients such as dates, cashews and raisins so they really are good for you and are wheat, dairy and gluten free too! Even better, they count as one of your five a day! They are of a soft, chewy texture packed full of flavour and I've really enjoyed nibbling on these delicious bars between meals. 

Natural Balance Foods also have a great bunch of tips for any Gym motivation you might need which I would definitely recommend checking out if you can feel yourself slacking!





WATER:

While I would much rather a nice sugary apple juice, it's common knowledge that water is the best and most natural source of hydration for you and that we should all be drinking much more of it - two litres of it in fact! Trouble is, water can be quite a tasteless drink that isn't exactly very inviting. For my birthday last year, I received a Bobble water bottle which is essentially a reusable water bottle that filters water as you drink from it. As the water passes through the colour carbon filter, it removes all the bad stuff you get from normal tap water, such as chlorine. This makes the water a whole lot crisper and cleaner for you to drink! I really love the appearance of these bottles and love that you just change the filter every so often to a different colour. Alternatively why not give an infuser water bottle a go? Simply pick your favourite fruits, cut them up and squeeze them into the little chamber before inserting it back into the bottle, filling it up with water and leaving it in the fridge overnight to infuse and create a delicious, fruity drink!










EXERCISE:

Don't worry, I'm not going to encourage you to join the gym. I tried that myself and failed. I find it really difficult to get motivated for something like the gym, especially when it's so cold and dark all the time in the UK. Oh and when that chocolate cake looks so good...where was I? Getting exercise doesn't have to mean a long slog in the gym. Anything from choosing to take the stairs at work instead of the lift or perhaps taking a scenic walk, it doesn't have to cost you money to stay fit. There are also some really great work out DVDs that do short, five minute (or less!) exercise routines that anyone can fit into their day. I would recommend this one, which I've used personally.




Making healthier choices are not always easy, so I hope some of my suggestions have helped you out or got you thinking about how to making a small difference to your life!

                                                             Post contains PR Samples sent for review purposes, however all views are 100% my own.

Emily x

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32 comments

  1. I love this post! Normally this kind of post makes me feel like UGH I'm just never going to be a gym bunny- but this is so achievable and much more inspirational in my opinion.

    Plus those bars look amazing- the pecan pie one is calling out my name!

    Honor xxx | studentviewoflondon.blogspot.com

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  2. I lovvveee Nakd bars, especially the cashew cookie flavour, so so nice! I found that having a Bobble Bottle made me drink a lot more water too! I tried not to set myself a resolution for the year too, I hate setting myself up for failure x


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  3. One thing that ruins my healthy plans has to be snacking! I'll have to try out Nakd bars to see if they can cure my sweet cravings..
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    Small&Blonde♥

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  4. When I was eating healthy, I chose Nakd bars over chocolate too, theres some really nice ones! I love the bake well tart one, I have such a sweet tooth!

    This is very motivating!

    Emma | emmaraeburnx.blogspot.com

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  5. Thank you for sharing. I really need to kick start a healthy lifestyle.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  6. I wouldn't mind eating a bar of chocolate in the middle of the night, but then the guilt is not good at all! Reaching for healthier snacks is a good way of stopping the sugar craving. I don't go to gym, because I will probably skip most of the time, so instead of that I watch YT videos and try to get exercise done.

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  7. Those Naked bars look delicious. I love the water bottle too. I seriously need to up my water intake I've been getting the worst headaches recently and I think it's because I'm a little dehydrated. So many useful tips!

    Roxie | The Beautiful Bluebird

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  8. I have made the exact same lifestyle choices and I've actually been doing very well. I've been drinking more water, eating healthier snacks and exercising twice a week with my husband. I may have had a little slip up with the chocolate but I'm still determined and I believe that's what counts.

    Mich x

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  9. Well, nice suggestions to start adopting a healthy lifestyle. I rather loved those bars, yummy!

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  10. Mmm I haven't seen Nakd bars but these remind me of Cliff & Lara bars which I LOVE! I actually want to see if there's a recipe online to make them at home. That would be so much fun!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  11. The Bobble water holder is a great idea, very handy for the gym or work

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  13. I love the bobble water bottle! Haha, I'm glad someone can relate to the gym struggle. I've been skipping public transport and cars for closeby places and managing to fit half an hour walks into my day!

    Raashi
    raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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  14. I love Nakd bars!! Have you tried the Nakd Nibbles? They are delicious!!!!
    Lovely blog! x

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  15. I've never heard of a bobble bottle. That sounds so cool! Also, I've been pretty good about sticking to my workout schedule so far this year. And I've noticed how much happier I've been. It's true what they say about the benefits of exercise.

    xx Yasmin
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  16. I've never tried Nakd bars, but I've heard good things, they sound delicious! Lovely post :)
    xo Kiki
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  17. These are great tips! I find myself trying to be healthier and short periods of time where's I'll go all in for it and it works great! But then I get sick or there's someones birthday and I slip up and then just go back to my really unhealthy lifestyle (yes, I just had a huge chunk of candies before reading this, haha) and I think it's really important therefor to try and take it in steps instead, and get used to one small thing at a time - because that can make a huge difference! Really love this water bottle as well - sounds great and I've never heard of it before!

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

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  18. This is such an inspiring post, Emily! Those bars look super yummy! I'm Vegan and I try to eat healthy all the time and I agree, water and exercise are key! Hope you have a great week! xx

    Ale | www.alemint.net

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  19. I'm such a fan of Nakd bars, they're delish! xx adaatude.com

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  20. Small changes throughout the day are the best way to go. If you start to change everything at once, you will inevitably fail.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  21. Ohh, I was actually sent a very similar package from Natural Balance Foods, and I can't wait to try all the flavours! Cashew cookie is my favourite so far, I think. <3 Thanks for sharing, hun!

    Kay
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  22. Tell me about it, Emily. It is indeed not easy, but defo necessary!! I'm working on my healthy journey, but the carbs won't let me go, girlll... One minute I'm on top and the next minute I'm giving in. The struggle is real!! Ha!

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  23. I like the sounds and looks of the bottle water and I think my husband would appreciates it too. I have seen Naked Bars making appearances on blogs but never tried them myself. I think the only way to purchase is through online?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  24. Mmm yum! I'm a huge fan of Nakd bars - I suggest trying Jordan's fruit and nut bars too if you like these :) Good luck with your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  25. Nakd has some great snacks to take you between your meals.
    Great post.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  26. I definitely need to drink more water, think that's the source of my headaches!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  27. These are some great tips! I definitely should drink more water! Some days are easier than others.
    WritingMonique

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  28. I really need them Nakd bars. They look delicious and super healthy <3! I have started drinking 2 litres of a day and I cannot explain how great you feel afterwards. Water really helps you feel better :)
    Ramsha | Rose
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  29. I agree drinking more water is such an easy to do thing that has so many health benefits !I'm always carrying a bottle of water around with me no matter where I go. Especially needed in the heat here!

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  30. totally need this in my life right now, all I eat are fast food.

    Capturing Life Memoirs | aimeebustillo.blogspot.com

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  31. The Nakd bars are so yummy! I have such a sweet tooth and they satisfy it. The cocoa ones are quite rich and sweet so I can only manage half a bar =)
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