If you’re feeling totally over indulged and like you want to get healthy this year but not quite sure where to start I thought I would share some of my top tips for a beginner’s guide of how to get started with healthy eating.

It’s easy to get bombarded with advice and not really know what is right to listen to, but here are some really easy tips to help you on your way to a healthier life.

Trying to lose weight after the indulgence of Christmas but no idea where to start - check out my beginner's guide to healthy eating to learn the basics of healthy eating and tips for how to get healthy this year

The Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating:

  • My first tip is that eating healthy is not a diet, in my opinion these don’t work! The main thing to change to get healthy and fit is your lifestyle and thoughts towards it! It sounds so cliche but it’s just finding a different outlook on the food you choose. You can still be full and eat well, you need to fuel your body – it’s the most complex machine in your life and you need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Choose the options which will nourish your body, give you more energy and make you feel less bloated.

Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating | Adventures Of A Mum

  • Secondly, fat is good for you – shocker!! Fats in the right form are good for your body and will help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. You will feel fuller for longer and have more energy if you include fat in your diet. Sugar is what you need to be cutting out from your food. Sugar is everywhere which makes it hard to get rid of it from your diet. A jar of pasta sauce can have 4 teaspoons of sugar in it, and a bottle of coke almost 20 teaspoons! If you are cutting sugar out entirely be prepared for withdrawal symptoms – it is an addiction after all. Headaches, bad moods, bad breath! But these should go after a few days so don’t give up!

Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating | Adventures Of A Mum

  • Ditch the Cereal!! It’s full of sugar, and will leave you reaching for the biscuits come 10am! Try to stick to high protein foods for breakfast like fish, eggs, seeds. Swapping a bowl of sugary breakfast cereal for plain cereal could cut out 70g of sugar (up to 22 sugar cubes) from your diet throughout the week! I am thinking of doing a video on quick and easy breakfasts for on the go if you would like, let me know in the comments below!

  • Hydrate! As soon as you get up drink some warm water, with ginger and lemon if you need to flavour it, but make sure you are giving your body water to rehydrate after 10 or so hours without a drink. I aim to drink around 2 liters a day but sadly my bladder isn’t quite what it was before children so I have to really slow down the intake by around 8pm otherwise I am up all. night. long. Swap fizzy drinks for water, or even sparkling water and your body will thank you for it.

  • Finally, be mindful when you eat – this helps you listen to your body when it’s telling you that it’s full. Enjoy every mouthful. Sit at the table to help aid digestion and make sure the tv and phone is off and don’t rush your food. It is a great way of winding down after the day. Talking to your children, your partner, and catching up on what everyone has been doing throughout the day.

The Beginners Guide to Healthy Eating - Adventures of a Mum.

 

I hope you found this guide interesting and informative if you are a total beginner at healthy eating, and I hope I can inspire you throughout this month if you’re looking for new ideas to add to your current healthy eating meals.

Please check out my video if you would like more info and ideas and subscribe to my channel if you would like to see more videos like this!

What tips could you share for healthy eating? I’d love to know more x

I love living so close to London, it’s just a quick 45 minute train to get to the city and each time I go I try to find new places to explore. Many of my school friends have settled in London so it’s always nice to pop up and visit. but having to make a quick dash for that last train is always a stressful experience. Sometimes it’s so much more convenient to stay up there, so when I was invited by Novotel to check out their stylish and contemporary hotel in the Royal borough of Greenwich I was really pleased.

Novotel #1000 stories blog

Sadly I didn’t get to the hotel until pretty late, so I didn’t utilise all of the facilities such as the stylish bar, pool or international cuisine restaurant. I did, however, very much enjoy a full night’s sleep in the super comfortable bed dressed in eco-designed “LIVE N DREAM” comfort bedding and pillows – a real treat which anyone with young children will agree!

Nespresso with Novotel #1000 stories

#1000 stories with Novotel

#1000 stories with Novotel

Any hotel which offers Nespresso on tap is a winner for me. I love being able to have a strong coffee in the comfort of my pyjamas before heading down to breakfast.

nespresso with Novotel #1000 stories

I was racing out the door first thing the next day on my way to Blogfest so I just had enough time to grab a quick bite to eat from the breakfast buffet which included a nice selection of continental and cooked options. I probably should have loaded up more but I was, of course, being characteristically late!

Breakfast was served with view. The cosy cobbled streets and iconic red telephone box set the scene for a traditional London landscape. Morning was rising with a cool dampness to the air and I was excited for the day ahead meeting lots of fellow bloggers. It was such a shame I couldn’t explore the area as from what I had seen it had so much to offer. I’d love to go back again with the boy’s when I had more time to take a look around the area; especially as they offer great facilities for families. The hotel was so close to the train station it was really convenient to navigate to despite feeling quite far out initially.

#1000 stories with Novotel

Greenwich has a unique village feel to it, home to a World Herritige site, a Prime Meridian and where hemispheres meet. It’s so easy to get to out of central London, and the over ground train takes you through the winding tracks above Canary Wharf’s waterways which is never something I’ve seen from such a perspective.

I loved that all the toiletries were Fairtrade. Novotel is committed to PLANET 21, the sustainable development programme of the AccorHotels and there are many eco friendly materials used throughout the hotel.

Novotel #1000 stories blog 

Thanks to Novotel, Greenwich for inviting me to stay. You can take a further look at my stay at over on my YouTube 

If you stay with Novotel make sure you tag #1000stories on social media to share your story.

 

I have no idea how to start this post, and I’m not entirely sure there’s a real purpose to it either! I just know that I needed to write some words. Needed to put some feelings down. This period between Christmas and New Year; Crimbo limbo…Betwixmas if you will. The week between Christmas and NYE when most of us, those who are lucky enough to have days and days off between the 2 bank holidays, spend it eating our body weight in left over Heroes, even the Chomps. No one knows quite what day it is or what we are meant to be doing. The high of Christmas has been replaced by an itch to get the house back to some kind of order and start a health kick.

crimbo limbo what to do during these days between christmas and new year betwixmas

I feel so content at the moment. The boys have, for now, been brilliant the past week. They love having their Dad around every day and I’ve been really enjoying watching their bond develop even more. Henry has suddenly changed so much, his speech has developed loads and I am really noticing how much he is maturing. George’s face has even changed, his cheeky grin remaining but he looks so different, suddenly handsome. We’ve had such a lovely time all being together, some days being surrounded by friends and family and other days where it’s just us. I feel full of love at the moment. And cheese.

crimbo limbo what to do during these days between christmas and new year betwixmas

I’m relishing this time because it would be foolish to think the boys will be well behaved or as delightful as they are being for long. If you’re a parent you know these golden days where you feel like you have it all worked out and everyone is being good don’t last long. Soon we will be back to epic meltdowns over sandwiches cut into squares and not triangles and whispering for fuck’s sake 17,000 times under my breath each day. I’m going to miss having Stuart around and having an excuse to still be in our PJ’s at midday. But I guess we need times off like this to have something to work towards, to make all the hard work during the year worth it.

crimbo limbo what to do during these days between christmas and new year betwixmas

It’s time to start planning 2017. I have so many ideas for my YouTube channel it’s hard to not be overwhelmed by it all. I am terrible at being patient, I just want to do things now. But I’ve made sure I had a full week off of work, all things social media, to enjoy this family time and not spend it staring into my phone. It’s been amazing and I’m ready to start the New Year focused and refreshed.

I really hope you’ve all had a nice Christmas and I’m looking forward to sharing our adventures in 2017. Happy New Year.

Ever wondered how to make a Christmas wreath but thought it might be too tricky? Here’s a simple tutorial of how to make a really inexpensive & easy DIY Festive wreath for your door this Christmas.

Check out this easy and quick tutorial for how to make your very own Christmas wreath this year:

This step by step guide will talk you through how to make a real Christmas decorative door piece with free foliage from your garden and a couple of affordable extras from a craft shop. Don’t buy one – DIY one!

I hope you found this interesting – please let me know in the comments if you have any questions, and I’d love to hear from you if you have made a Christmas wreath yourself!

Christmas Wreath Tutorial | How to make a Christmas Wreath

Christmas. The most magical time of the year, right? But what if it’s not. What if it’s the hardest time of the year? What if when everyone else is cozying up with their families or getting together with friends and all you want to do is curl up into a ball and wish for it all to be over?

Coping this Christmas if you have suffered loss financial difficulties or family problems

There’s such a lot of pressure to be jolly and festive this time of year, but for some people this just isn’t the case. Some people have suffered great loss and can’t bear to celebrate, some people don’t have the means to financially support the big Christmas we think it should be, or perhaps for religious reasons Christmas isn’t celebrated.  I am so fortunate that I have a happy home and I look forward to sharing Christmas each year with my family, but I am very aware that this is a privileged position to be in and I never take it for granted.

It’s absolutely impossible to hide from the constant reminders that Christmas is on its way. Television adverts evoking how we are meant to feel, who we are meant to spend it with, even what we are meant to eat! All of this could seem like a daunting prospect but if you take away the pressure and redesign your own Christmas how you want it to be it could help create positivity around it. Whether that be going to a soup kitchen to help others who are not as fortunate, taking a trip somewhere you’ve not been before, maybe volunteering at a care home or going out on a long walk. Create your own rituals to suit your situation. Break down the barriers of what society expects Christmas to be and create a day for you to love and look forward to, even if that means not celebrating it at all.

Coping this Christmas if you have suffered loss financial difficulties or family problems

If you are struggling this year with Christmas the most important thing you should do is reach out – share your feelings, you might find you are not alone in having those feelings, and that you can help each other by opening up about any difficulties you might have during the festive period.

I wanted to share with you this video Channel Mum have created, I think it’s such an important thing to watch because so many people struggle this time of year and it’s really important to recognise that. I hope if you are struggling with coping this Christmas it can help. Remember, reach out and ask for support if you need it. Thanks for reading.