Tips & Tricks
Looking for some ideas to make your new healthy lifestyle easier? Or maybe you want to target a specific problem. Here are ideas to help you make it happen.
|The Dreaded Scales|
|Don't become a slave to the bathroom scale. Weigh-in twice a week maximum and never after meals.|
|Battling to get in your 30 minutes of exercise every day? Word is that 10 minutes of exercise 3 times a day also counts. Make sure you are exerting yourself enough to raise your heart rate but not stress it and it counts.|
Try this and see if it works for you.
|High Blood Pressure? Constipated? Nightmares?|
|Consider cutting down on the cheese. I love cheese, but I find I'm healthiest if I eat cheese as part of a meal.|
Also if your dreams are too vivid for your liking try cutting out cheese for two hours before bed every night.
|Trouble Shifting the Pounds?|
|Keep a food journal where you write down everything you eat. Keep it confidential so you aren't tempted to fudge the facts.|
This will soon help you identify where problems are creeping in.
|Missing your favourite foods?|
|Try these delicious substitutions:|
|Old Favourite||New Favourite|
|Fully Loaded Baked Potato||Beef Hash Meal|
|Mashed Potato||Cauliflower Mash|
|Lasagne||No-pasta Veg Lasagne|
|Raisin Bread||Breakfast Loaf|
|When my skin gets dry in the winter months, I find adding a drop or two of baby oil to the bath water soon has it good as new again.|
Keep your baths short and cool too to prevent dry skin.
|Short on time?|
|Prepare packed lunches the night before and setup for the next morning's breakfast as well. It is much easier to make healthy food choices when you aren't in a rush to get out the door.|
|Feeling Dull or Low?|
|If you're decorating a room, choose light colours and avoid heavy window dressings that block light. A light environment will leave you feeling calmer and lighter yourself.|
|Want to Manage your Moods?|
|Music can evoke so many different emotions. There's nothing like it for helping us to calm down or rev up.|
Choose music to not just suit your mood but the mood you would like to have.
Feeling low, put on something cheerful. Feeling tired put on something with a dance beat.
|Want more Time with your Family?|
|Introduce a family game night. Pull out the board games or pack of cards and gather the family once a week for some good old-fashioned fun. Activity games like pictionary, 30 seconds and scrabble are particularly good for getting everyone involved and enjoying themselves.|
Laughter is good exercise, and can improve your immune system. It's also easier to skip the snacks when you are occupied with other people, rather than passively watching TV.