Easy switches to healthier living

24th January 2016

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>