The 10 Commandments of Staying Healthy – Part 1

I’ve always tried to follow a healthy lifestyle and as I grew older I started preparing my own food with just the right portions. I went to a nutritionist not because I was overweight or something but because I wanted to know what I should be eating to maintain my weight or maybe lose 2/3 kilos 😛 but at the same time following a balanced diet I could keep for a lifetime.

Here is what I’ve learnt and what I actually do: 

~1. Start the day by drinking a glass of water with a lemon wedge and thin slices of cucumber – but don’t forget to also take breakfast. The drink helps to detox the body while breakfast activates the digestive system after the night and gives you energy for the day. If you think cereal is the only morning option, you are wrong! I vary my breakfast so that I’m never bored – it has actually become my favourite meal of the day …

Try alternating between all these options: 

  • 30g of cereal – Weetabix, Special K, Cornflakes, Granola, Muesli, Oats are all good! You can add some almond/coconut milk which is protein-based.
  • Pancakes – banana pancakes or oats pancakes with some blueberries are yummy!
  • Low-fat yoghurt and a fruit
  • A slice of bread with some peanut butter or Jocca cheese and a slice of low-fat ham.
  • Some scrambled eggs on toast
  • A homemade smoothie!

~2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day – at least 1 litre of water is a must especially in summer. Apart from cleansing the body, it boosts the metabolism and helps digestion. Actually hydration affects the overall functionality of our body – it improves hair and skin, and also helps weight loss. An easy way of making sure you drink the required daily amount of water is to carry bottled water wherever you go – in this way you do not need to buy all the time and you can easily sip some when you remember.

~3. Try to eat a light snack between meals to keep the metabolism active and avoid binge eating! If you know you have a busy day and that you will not see your doorstep before 9.00 pm, carry with you some fruit (apple/banana) or some crackers for a light snack.

Possible snacks:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit & nuts (walnuts/almonds are the healthiest)
  • Low-fat yoghurts
  • Cracker-breads/whole wheat crackers with some Jocca cheese or cream cheese
  • Rice cakes
  • Nutrition bars

~4. Make sure you eat a balanced diet to include fish, chicken, meat, vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates, and also some fats and sugars – keep the latter to a minimum and avoid fast food. I also make sure to take carbohydrates during the first half of the day; so that I make maximum use of the energy these provide, and also have enough time to burn these complex foods. When I have some sweet cravings I opt for dark chocolate or these mini bars – Mini KitKat and Loacker are both low in calories.

Some healthier option treats: 

  • Low-fat jelly
  • Fruit parfait
  • Pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup
  • 1 scoop of ice cream/sorbet – healthier than cakes and creamy stuff!
  • Low-fat hot chocolate in winter
  • Apple crumble with oats
  • A handful of chocolate peanuts
  • Chocolate-covered banana popsicles

~5. A balanced diet is not enough – regular exercise is crucial! It boosts your endurance helping you to feel fit and energized, stronger, and much more confident about your body – You feel the difference immediately and the people around you can tell you have been putting an extra effort in your appearance. This may sound silly but it helps! – keep yourself motivated by keeping in front of you a picture of the body you desire to achieve.

Additional tips:

  • Choose a time you know you can keep free for your workout routine
  • Start with an easy one – this maximizes the chances of maintaining the routine. Eventually indulge into a more intense workout when you feel you are ready.
  • Vary the routine so that you do not get bored – there are some fun cardio routines on YouTube.
  • Get someone to do it with you – you do not feel alone and you can motivate each other.

It is not about doing it perfectly, but about doing your utmost; every little bit makes a difference.

To be continued … 

I’ve realized that if I had to write the whole 10 points in one post, I would probably be encouraging you to give up reading it altogether – it would be too long. So I’ve decided to continue this post some time soon. However, I would appreciate it if you could give me some feedback and let me know whether you’d like to know the rest 🙂 Thank you so much!

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