Monday, 24 October 2016

Attempting To Be A Bit Healthier In Autumn/Winter

I know it's not officially winter yet but it's definitely starting to feel like it! Dark mornings, dark nights, that bitter chill in the air, struggling to get out of bed because it's so damn cold... One thing I'm bad at in the colder months, is attempting to be healthy. I know it's cheesy but, in Summer, I'm more than happy to make the effort with eating well, going to the gym etc because I know I'll actually have to get my bod out at some point on a holiday! However, once Autumn hits, I don't really care. After all, I want the extra rolls to keep me warm at night, right?

BUT... I've become a bit too unhealthy at the moment and I know I just need to sort it out slightly, for myself really. Maccies has become a weekly thing, a takeaway pizza has become a weekly thing, I've not been eating enough fruit and veggies, my gym membership may as well be non-existent and I'm just starting to feel a bit sluggish, to be honest.

So these are just a few things I'm starting to do to get back on track with health and fitness and just feel a bit healthier, overall...

Drink more green tea
I'm a massive drinker of green tea - I like how it can un-bloat me and, despite initially hating how it tasted, I've actually grown to like the taste of it over the years. However, I still prefer a flavoured green tea if possible and I'm a huge fan of the ones T-Plus has to offer. They sent me their newest flavours to try and I love them all - my favourite is probably the Raspberry and Pomegranate boost flavour which is best to drink when you want a bit of natural energy. If you're a new drinker of green tea, I'd definitely recommend these as they have so much more flavour than plain old green tea and have a lot of benefits, too. I want to start drinking a few cups of green tea a day, flavoured or not, as it really does help with belly bloat and just makes me have a lot more energy, on a morning.

Get outside more
During summer, I went on walks all the time. I think that was probably due to the obsession with Pokemon Go but, even so, it got me out of the house and gave me a little bit of exercise in the process! Nowadays, I don't go to the gym that often and it's rare I actually leave the flat for any other reason than to go to work or go out somewhere, in particular. I want to try and get up a bit earlier and squeeze in a few morning runs, if possible, as I know I won't be able to force myself to run in the dark, on a weekday evening! On a weekend, I want to try and go on more walks - so I'll be chucking on a cosy bobble hat (I love the ones at Skate Hut) and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise without really trying!

Make use of my gym membership
I'm one of those ridiculous people that pay for a gym membership each month - but doesn't ever go. I know, I know - it's silly. I would cancel it if I could but I'm tied into a year membership that doesn't end until January! So, I feel like if I'm paying for it, I may as well use it. Even if I'm not going often, it's better to go once a week for an hour or so than not at all. I just need to get myself into a routine of going on a particular morning/evening and making sure I actually go - because if I just tell myself I might go tonight - I obviously never actually do.

Make More Homemade Meals
In summer, I'm happy to eat healthy. Because salads, fruit, smoothies and so on taste so much better when it's sunny, don't they!? But as soon as the temperature drops, I crave all kinds of bad food. Greasy pizzas, chips, lots of chocolate... I know I can't force myself to eat salads in winter as they just don't appeal to me when it's cold outside. Anyone else's taste buds suddenly change when the seasons do? But that doesn't mean I have to eat takeaways, a shit ton of pasta and snack constantly! I've started to make more meals that may not be typically 'healthy' but are homemade and full of veggies and clean ingredients rather than covered in grease. My absolute favourite meal at the moment is the Joe Wicks open chicken pie. It doesn't take 15 minutes like some of his other recipes (more like an hour) but it's well worth it! It's actually really easy to make and only really uses a few ingredients - chicken, leek, spinach, pastry and cream and stock for the sauce. But it's one of the tastiest meals I've ever made! It tastes comforting and fills me up but I know it's a lot better for me than a frozen pizza, for example. Another favourite of mine is risotto - there's so many ways you can make this but I tend to just throw in some peppers, onions, leeks, ham and cheese. Tasty, cheesy and easily gives you 2/3 of your 5 a day.

What do you do to try and stay healthy in the colder seasons?

This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are my own, as always!

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