Is anyone else completely baffled by the fact that it is already November? It is honestly really starting to scare me… I have never known a year to go by so quickly. Anyway, I have been loving Autumn recently, being able to enjoy all my knitwear and coats again, and snuggle up each and every evening. However, even though I am enjoying the change in weather etc, I am also struggling a little with a few lifestyle choices and things I really need to change. I have got very comfortable with the way things are at the moment and have realised that I need to make a few changes for the sake of my health, mental wellbeing and overall growth in life. It is nothing major at all, but I do think that a lot of us do get too comfortable and put a lot of other things before our own wellbeing.
I don’t want to make any drastic changes as I feel nothing too bad is going on, but there are definitely areas in my life that need improving. As everyone in life probably understands, we are all growing and developing every day. Making good and healthy choices are only ever going to lead to a more positive outcome.
Winter is a time that often it is very difficult to make changes in our lives. We all want to just get through the day and cold day, enjoying being in our homes and just getting on with life. However, Winter is also probably the longest season that we all have to endure here in the UK, and the decisions and changes we make during this time can really help us to make the rest of the year even better. So what exactly do I need to change?
Reducing my Lactose & Gluten Intake
I have been putting and putting this off for such a long time, because I love food, but I finally have to admit, I am definitely intolerant to dairy and gluten. Whenever I eat it my stomach completely swells and I always have the worst tummy cramps. I am never going to be able to give it all up completely because life is too short, but I am 100% going to have to reduce the amount I am eating. Recently I have been trying a lot of lactose reduced products such as milk and cheese, and to be honest I haven’t been able to taste much of a difference. I am definitely starting to feel a little better and it is helping me keep going as I can already feel the results. It is also forcing me to get a lot more creative in the kitchen with my meals, introducing more vegetables and trying new ingredients. Stay tuned for lots of recipes coming to the blog soon!
Tech Free Evenings
I have always had trouble sleeping, as I suffer from bad nightmares. As you can imagine, working in social media and blogging means that I spend a lot of time staring into a screen. I know that my sleeping problems starting when my screen time was increased, so therefore I am putting two and two together. I am never going to be able to cut screens out my life or stop being on my phone, however I am going to start trying to reduce it in the evenings. I can’t do every evening as I love nothing more than chilling on the sofa with Finn watching a box set, but one or two a week I am going to switch everything off, have a bath and read a book. If you have any good book recommendations, let me know!
2 Early Gym Sessions a Week
So, for a few months now I have been having weekly PT sessions which was initially to get me back into the gym after my surgery. My gorgeous PT, Lucy, also teaches a few classes. One of which is Body Balance at 6.45am on a Wednesday. This was recommended to me to improve my strength, so I went along and really enjoyed it. As you can imagine though, the 6am alarm call is not my favourite thing. However, by the time I am up and have left the house I always feel incredible, and obviously afterwards it is an even better feeling. To get myself to the gym and keep up my energy levels, I am going to try my best to do two early gym sessions a week. I will never be someone who can go every day, but I feel like this is a very realistic goals. Especially as it is in addition to my PT session and perhaps a swim.
Increasing My Fruit & Veg Intake to 10-a-day
I have never been very good when it comes to my 5 a day. I actually love fruit and veg and enjoy them all the time when I eat it, but am so bad at keeping track of how much I am eating. I feel so much healthier when I am eating these foods and always notice such a peak in my energy levels. 10 a day may seem a little drastic, but now that I have been giving it a go it has been much easier than I had thought it would be. Having three vegetables with lunch and three with dinner, that makes six easily, followed by 4 fruits throughout the day.
I have been working hard recently to get my recipes together for the blog, and have got loads ready to share that will help with your fruit and veg intake! Stay tuned!
Reducing My Single Use Plastic
I have never been someone who is hot on recycling, just because I was never in charge of the bins at home. I mean, I put it in the recycling box, but I never really thought about what I was actually doing and the effect it has if you don’t recycle. Since living on my own, spending a lot of time online, and watching Planet Earth with the fabulous David Attenborough, I have become so much more aware of what I am using and how I choose to dispose of things. I am not perfect, and sometimes will forget a shopping bag in the supermarket or my reusable cup in Starbucks, but I am really trying to make a change and stop using single use plastics/ cardboards. My advice if you think you are using too much is to start by changing one thing. Mine was investing in a water bottle and carrying it with me every day.
Taking in More Fresh Air
I spend a hell of a lot of time indoors. I work from home most of the week, blog from home every evening and just seem to always land up in situations that involve being inside. I mean, I am cold all the time, but hey, that is what coats were invented for. I do feel like a lot of the time I get completely clogged up from just being inside in my head, and all I need is a little fresh air to feel human again. Whenever I am outside I always feel so much better in myself, so definitely need to make more of an effort to get out more for the sake of my mental health.
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