Friday, January 4, 2013

Start 2013 healthy!

We've just had the fattiest, tastiest and most food-filled weeks of the year. Christmas dinners, parties, stuffed turkeys, rich desserts, champagne and New Year's eve has done nothing good for our health and winter-body. It's a new year, time to start over! 
The most delicious Dutch tradition for NYE, fried 'dumplings'. (Tumblr)
1. The golden rule: get rid of all the unhealthy stuff in your cupboard; sodas, cookies, crisps and other fatty snacks and fizzy drinks. If you don't have it, you can't eat/drink it, simple. 
When I go to the supermarket, I try to get lots of vegetables, big bottles of water, some chicken, yogurt and fruit. Try to find out which healthy foods you like and experiment with different recipes so it doesn't get boring. Get inspired by this healthy food post
Simple lunch
2. Just as essential: don't exclude the unhealthy things from your diet. A healthy lifestyle also includes burgers and cupcakes. As long as you don't eat too much unhealthy things, you'll be fine. If you only eat the super-healthy stuff, you'll get bored. Snacks are allowed! Try dark instead of milk chocolate, or freshly made hamburgers instead of a big Mac. It makes all the difference. 

3. Drink less/no alcohol. Now that the party season is over, it's time to cut back on those sweet cocktails and bubbles. Fact is: alcohol dehydrates your body. The same goes for coffee. Instead, drink water, herbal tea, soup or coconut water (2 liters in total a day). These are much better alternatives and will give hydration. This benefits your skin and overall health. If you find it hard to stick to the 2 liters or you're forgetful, try out this trick
Kusmi Detox tea
4. Cook as often as you can. Being a student or living by yourself, it may be difficult to find the energy or inspiration to cook. I also have days where I feel uninspired to cook a meal, but I still try to cook as much as I can. The reason for this is because ready-made meals are just not very healthy. Cooking also gives much more satisfaction, it allows you to discover new flavours and it makes you a better cook so your home-cooked food will become more enjoyable over time ;)

5. Get some exercise. A gym membership may be expensive, especially in London, so go for a run, a jog or a long walk. I regularly go for very long walks around London; it's the perfect way to discover new streets and get some exercise. I use the Nike running app on my phone to keep track of how many kilometers I walk. 
Sunday morning walk in Hyde Park
A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy body which will make a considerable contribution to your happiness. It sounds cheesy, but it's so true! And living healthy is not difficult. Have a look at the health label on my blog, I've posted some recipes and other health tips which will help you start this year happy and healthy!   
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