*Healthy Lifestyle Hacks

Friday, September 20, 2019
I have been trying to start making healthier changes with my lifestyle and diet recently after putting on a little weight and virtually stopping my exercise routine. It's made me much more aware of some of the changes I could have easily made a while ago as well as the small changes I've already made towards a healthier lifestyle that have been helping.

Meal Prepping 
The first tip and the best I've found for staying on track in terms of eating healthier options is to meal prep! My version of meal prepping is incredibly lazy but it works and it only takes an hour or so. I start by going through the fridge and sorting what needs to be used up and roasting the vegetables I need to use up first. I find that having a batch of already cooked veggies that I can quickly add to salads, pasta, rice or stir fry meals is an easy way of bulking out a meal and adding in extra nutrients.

Standing Desk
I've been looking at standing desk options throughout the year and I almost bought the manual standing desk from Ikea but it doesn't have the best reviews so I think I'm going to wait for a few more affordable options arrive on the market but I think a standing desk or a walking desk would be a fantastic way of reducing the risk factors associated with sitting for long periods of time such as varicose veins.

Keep On Track With Apps
Another tip I've been using for a while, alongside meal prepping, is the LifeSum app which I've used for a couple of years now. I personally use it to make sure that I'm not going over my calories on the days when I am having a healthy day. I'm sticking to a 5/2 lifestyle so I eat healthy options and within a certain calorie limit for five days and for two days of the week, I eat whatever I want. The LifeSum app is fantastic for tracking calories, exercise and what you're eating.

Make Switches 
Making small switches such as walking to work instead of driving, using plant milk instead of cows milk or switching to lower calorie/fat options all help. Also potentially switching from cigarettes to vaping might also be a better option if smoking is something you don't think you can give up. Electric Tobacconist is an online vape store with the best e-cig and vape kits. I know the well used advice of taking the stairs instead of an escalator is treated as a bit of a joke but it is true that small changes when carried out in the long term can definitely make a difference - if you stick to them.

Improve Your Sleep
Lastly I wanted to mention the tip that's been helping me the most recently! I had laser eye surgery in July and the recovery period hasn't been as easy or as quick as I thought it would be so I bought a super soft eye mask which has been helping me fall asleep so much quicker. I have one that it a little expensive but it is so comfortable, lightweight (so it doesn't press on my eyes too much) and very soft. If you also struggle to fall asleep then it might be worth trying.

Have you made any changes towards a healthier lifestyle this year? Do you have any tips or hacks? 

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16 comments

  1. I've heard about this stand desk so many have opted for it.

    Candice || natalyaammour.com

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  2. Meal planning and prepping is such a big help I find. If I don't then it's just too easy to grab something unhealthy xx

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  3. I've thought about a standing desk but I'm not sure if I'd be able to manage all day stood in front of it! x

    Sophie

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  4. I really wish I was as good as meal prep in the Summer as I am in the Winter... my slow cooker is barely off during the winter with soups, stews and casseroles... in the Summer it is really used and I am rubbish at preparing beforehand x

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  5. I'm all about the meal-prepping! It stops the last minute scramble that usually leads to going for something unhealthy...

    Jasmine xx



    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  6. Sleep is so important, I have a sleep mask which helps me to get a better nights sleep!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  7. Sleep is definitely a priority for me - if i'm not in bed by 10.30 at the latest I'm rubbish the next day!
    Em x

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  8. I need to start meal prepping for sure!

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  9. I need to start meal prepping! x

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  10. Good tips - I've made some changes this year for sure x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  11. Love these tips! I've managed to keep up drinking warm lemon water every morning to help kick-start my metabolism! I'm glad that I've never smoked and vaping doesn't interest me. I do want to work on my snacking habits and slowly start to learn meal-prep!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

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  12. Sleep is a biggy for us - hopefully one day we'll get a full night's sleep again xx

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  13. Meal prepping is such a good idea! I really must start x

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  14. I've really tried to relax and I have a great app to help x

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  15. I think sleep is SUPER important for me x

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  16. I need to improve my routine a bit more, get a better sleep routine :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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