The festive season is finally here! Just like the most of us, I often have difficulties holding myself back from devouring all the festive goodies. It really does not take long before I end up polishing off every single morsel on the plates. I am not sure about you but I do hope you are performing a whole lot better than I am. This time round, I am bent on staying a healthier me, which is why I have come up with this - 5 Effective Tips to Stay Healthy This January. Most importantly, these tips are easy, and simple additions that you can make without drastic changes to your lifestyles.
A whole lot of thought and research went into this so you should definitely bookmark this article, and even share this with your friends before they descend onto the dining table.
1. Begin each day with an immunity-boosting glass of warm lemon water
A great replacement to the alternative – water – to kick-start each day with. Each glass of lemon water is packed full with the benefits of lemons. The juice of the lemon aids in healthy digestion by flushing out toxins in our bodies through the cleansing of the liver. Another fantastic reason why you should incorporate this into your daily morning routine is its metabolism-boosting benefit – a great addition for those on a strict diet.
If you are not already having lemon water in the morning, I would strongly suggest to mix the juices of a half-lemon with a glass of water. Your stomach might not favour the sudden influx of the acidity from the lemon. Gradually, you can choose to mix in the juices of a full lemon with a glass of water for greater goodness.
2. Include a 30-minute workout into your daily routine
For many of us, we are often sitting by the desk for over 8 hours a day. While we do not feel (in the short-term) the degenerative effects from sitting too long, we are certainly more susceptible to muscle atrophy – especially in our glutes and abdomen. This might sound like a nag but it does work. Get up and take a good 5-10 minutes break in every hour to get better blood circulation throughout your body.
That might work well for the time being, but I cannot stress enough what the inclusion of a 30-minute workout into your daily routine can bring you. Regular exercise and physical activity not only help you prevent excess weight gain; they also aid in warding off adverse health conditions. If you are looking for a simple routine to begin with, check out an earlier blogpost. Help yourself by helping your body today.
(Get working because too much sitting can even change the shape of your butt.)
3. Eat dark chocolate before a meal
No, you did not read that wrong. Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food – I stand by it whenever I am feeling the heat from work – but do not shoot it down just yet. Dark chocolate is actually jam-packed with beneficial minerals – way more than you think. It works wonder as a mood-enhancer. The main reason why this is in the list is its ability to control our appetites. This happens by improving insulin sensitivity and stabilising blood sugar levels in our bodies. In turn, it discourages us from overeating as we are more likely to become ‘full’ after meals.
Dark chocolate also contains a wide array of antioxidants – which help protect your skin against sun damage. The list of benefits does not just end there. It has also been studied for its positive effects on our metabolism and anti-inflammatory properties.
Now that you know about how good dark chocolate is on our bodies (and also how good it tastes), it does not give you reason to begin chomping down on them! A good measure would be a thumb-sized block of dark chocolate (of at least 70% dark cocoa).
4. Filling the gap in our diets with supplements
Our hectic lifestyles often make it difficult for us to consume sufficient nutrition essentials in our diets. This festive season makes it even more difficult when we overindulge in the festive delights. If you incorporated tip #2 into your daily routine (or if you are already actively involved outside), your nutrient needs will be higher – for energy production and post-exercise recovery.
It brings me pain to say this as well but nutrient absorption actually declines with age. This means we will need sources with nutrients that are in their most absorbable form. Supplements fit these criteria.
5. Have 5-6 smaller meals a day instead
One reason we often overeat in our meals is the long hours in-between our meals. A general meal outlook for the day goes like this: breakfast at 7am, lunch at 12.30pm and only having dinner late into the evening at 7pm or 8pm. As a result, we become more susceptible to overeat just to satiate our increased hunger. This means increased calorie intake and possibly, weight gain.
Separating our daily meals into 5-6 smaller meals allow us to properly control our blood sugar levels (and in turn, our hunger). This way, we feel more satiated and become less susceptible to large blood sugar spikes and crashes. It is easy to recognise when we start to have feelings of fatigue midway through the day (especially after lunch).
Let us help you out with our personalised snack boxes that cater to your dietary and personal requirements. Snacking has never been healthier and fuss-free than what Made Real offers. While you are at it, browse through the wide array of healthy snacks and nuts. A personal favourite of mine is the Cayenne Pepper Nut Mix.
We are also available to cater healthy snacks for work - to offices and workplaces. Make the change for you and your team for the new year!
Getting through this article was the first step in your journey to a healthier you. Now, it is time to share these health tips with your friends because it is much easier if you have others along with you in our pursuit (talk about positive peer pressure).
Do not forget to regularly hydrate yourself throughout the day!
Only loves the mid-day sun when he's by the pool. On days when he's not, he can be found snacking on the team's goodies at work.