“Run faster, eat better, sleep longer, try harder, aim higher, love more, be happy.”
A healthy lifestyle is something that’s really important to me and something I try my hardest to live by. In my opinion being healthy and active is the key to happiness, and LOVE of course! 🙂
Mainly I run, and I love to run. For me nothing compares. If I’m stressed, worried, tired or feeling generally rubbish, I force myself to run, even when I’m really not feeling it, because afterwards I feel great no matter what. I love to work out in the morning, then I feel like I have the rest of the day ahead of me and it’s much easier to achieve more when you’re up early and energised.
I do work out in other ways too though, I love my kettle bell classes and Yoga is probably the highlight of my week. I would recommend Yoga to anyone who has never tried it, I’ve honestly never met anyone who has tried it and disliked. It’s so peaceful and relaxing and yet pushes you to limits that are completely different to those experienced in other forms of fitness.
I started exercising and trying to eat healthy after having Ava, I guess mainly to loose the baby weight, and since then it’s become a bit of an addiction, and there are worse addictions to have as long as you have a balance. Of course I have days I don’t want to exercise or eat right and that’s fine as long as the right balance is there and that mentality doesn’t become the superior one. I try and stick to a workout of some sorts 3-5 times a week, sometimes it’s more, sometimes less. When it comes to eating I go through stages of being strict and a little more relaxed. I always try and keep it healthy, then if I’m wanting to cleanse I cut the carbs and sugar. And I do love food, love love it, but you don’t have to eat unhealthy to enjoy amazing food. Being creative and doing your research makes it so satisfying when you create or discover something delicious that’s also amazing for your body.
My main tips for a healthy diet are:
– Water, water, water! I try and drink at least 2 litres every day.
– Portion control – commonly the problem isn’t in what we are eating but how much so I tend to eat small and often.
– Preparing snacks – snacking is my weakness so I always make sure I have healthy options ready for when cravings strike.
– Try to stay away from any processed high sugar foods.
– Double up on fruit and veg – If you’re a big eater and finding it hard to cut down portion sizes or just feel extra hungry I always make a huge portion of steamed veg to fill the extra.
My usual day is fruit salad or muesli for breakfast, salad for lunch and I always make it more filling by adding lentils or mixed beans, then fish or chicken with steamed veg for dinner. Below are a few pictures of some recent meals I’ve made which are typical of my usual diet.
One of my favourites ‘oven baked salmon with mediterranean style cous cous and steamed veg’
‘Spiced lamb with puy lentils, steamed vegetables and sautéed leeks’
‘Tofu stir fry’ with courgette and carrot instead of noodles
This last one is anything but healthy but you have to allow some treats 😉 and when it comes to dessert, pancakes are definitely a weakness of mine. These American style pancakes are to die for and incredibly easy to make.