As a counter-measure to stress, indulging in a little bit of purposeful breathing on a daily basis can bring about a dramatic change to one’s disposition. Inhale for a slow count of five, hold for a count of five, and then exhale for a count of five. Think of yourself as inhaling the calm and exhaling the stress. The benefits can be quite magical.
The air indoors tends to be far more contaminated than outdoors, worse so in badly ventilated areas. Try opening the doors and windows to get fresh clean air circulating through your home or office space. And now: breathe deeply…
Rearrange your fridge so that all the lovely fruits, vegetables, and salad ingredients are placed at eye-level instead on at the bottom where they are more conventionally placed. This way when you open the fridge they will be the first thing you see and you will be more likely to reach for them.
Move your fruit bowl to a place in the kitchen or dining area where it is visible to you. Reaching for the fruit bowl rather than the (preferably hidden or non-existent) sweet tin will go a long way to helping you achieve your health goals. Having the colourful treats on display will help you make the better choice.
Instead of using your lunch break to catch up on Facebook, why not take a brisk walk? A quick 15 minute walk will do the world of good in setting you up for the afternoon and ensuring that you have enough energy for the rest of the day. You might even see some strength and weight loss benefits from it! Breathe deeply, feel each muscle as you move, and go back to your desk feeling refreshed.
Whenever we get to the end of January I find myself considering resolutions again. If you’re anything like me you spend the last few days of December and the beginning of January lost in grand thoughts of improbable resolutions. I have to wonder if these resolutions do not set us up for disillusionment. Often what happens, especially with health goals and attempts at lifestyle changes, is that we tend to give up on resolutions almost immediately because we take on too many of them. Goals are such an important part of life, of course, and they are undoubtedly a pastime to be encouraged, but what if we’re biting off more than we can chew? It seems to me we could be.
I propose that we step back from the overwhelming resolutions that we try to tackle all at once and break them down into something a little more bite-sized. How about, instead of giving ourselves a long list of new rules to live by, we start with just one?
Drink more water.
Our part of the world is experiencing overwhelming heat, which means that dehydration is more likely than normal. We all know we should be drinking water and yet we still aren’t always doing it. So why don’t we all start with just this one resolution? We can practice the water for a while, and then add the next one.
Once you’ve mastered sticking to one resolution, it becomes easier to stick to the next one, right?
(that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)
Taste Tip: Add Herbal Aloe to your water for a refreshing change. Contact us for more info on the health benefits of drinking aloe.
I had a silly thing happen to me last month while I was on a plane heading for Phuket with my husband to celebrate his 40th birthday. You see, I struggle with water retention on planes, and try as I might, I can’t win with this one. I do try though. And part of that “trying” consists of me carrying around a big water bottle and drinking as much water as possible. Now you’re not allowed onto a plane with water, so I take my own empty bottle with me.
Anyway, when she came around with the drinks, I asked the stewardess if she would mind filling my bottle with water for me. Even though she had a big bottle of water in front of her she said she’d have to fill it in the kitchen which I thought was odd, but I thanked her and off she went with my bottle.
Well, I can only conclude that she had assumed that my bottle was a thermos because when she returned it was filled with boiling water. Of course, I was way too polite to point out the mistake, and only giggled with my husband about my strange acquisition after she had left.
I drank it though. And I realised something: The “warmness” of the water contributed to me consuming the entire 700-odd mls very quickly. It was almost as if subconsciously I was of the belief that hot water should be consumed quickly before it gets cold. Strangely I even found myself enjoying it.
And that leads me to my point. As the wind howls outside and the morning sun does little to warm the cold days of winter, perhaps the best way to keep that water intake up is by drinking our water hot instead of cold. A slice of lemon, a dash of cinnamon or a slice of ginger, and perhaps even a teaspoon tip of coconut oil in a large coffee mug filled with hot water? Not the worst way to keep hydrated by a long shot. And if you have a bit of NRG or Herbal Concentrate to throw in there? Even better!
You’ll quickly see how you automatically reach for that mug as you go about your day. And what a bonus to be made warm and hydrated at the same time during these chilly weeks ahead.
Have a great week, folks!
When it comes to talking about shakes, I always make it very clear to folks that they should put a little effort into making their shakes taste good, to ensure that they continue to find their shakes enjoyable. This is incredibly important when making long-term lifestyle changes because if you aren’t enjoying your shake, it is going to be very easy to stop taking it even after you have started experiencing positive results.
I think that something psychologically positive happens when you really enjoy what you are feeding your body. I’m not talking about satisfying that crazy and unexplainable need to devour a KFC family meal all by yourself, I’m talking about that feeling you get when you fuel your body with something positive.
Have you ever eaten something healthy and sort of felt like your body might be sighing with relief? I love that feeling! That feeling motivates me. And because of this feeling, it is so important to make a bit of an effort with your shakes.
Do you have a favourite shake recipe? I’d love for you to share it!
Otherwise if you need some ideas why don’t you pop in at the Lifestyle Wellness Hub at The Crusaders in St. George’s Cricket Grounds and speak to the professionals? We’ve gotten really good at this shake lifestyle!
For more information on how to use Herbalife protein shakes as a healthy meal replacement call/whatsapp Anthony on 083 651 3980 or pop us an email and we’ll get back to you.
Protein consumption is essential to muscle tissue reparation. Rather than wait until your next meal after working out, consider having a small protein snack immediately afterwards. Half a Herbalife shake or a Herbalife protein bar are great options for this. Contact us for more information.