We have recruited the help of health coach expert, Laura Agar Wilson from the wonderful Whole Heartedly Healthy blog to share with us her top tips on healthy living for 2017. From what to eat to how to exercise, we all struggle with getting back on track in the New Year and with Laura’s easy guide to living a healthier lifestyle, we think 2017 is going to get off to a great start!
We’ll introduce three installments in the Mind, Body and Sole series covering everything from healthy diet hacks to easy exercises and the ultimate Active footwear guide.
Healthy and Happy in 2017 with Laura of Wholeheartedly Healthy
‘After the usual indulgences of the festive period the start of New Year can feel like a great opportunity to create some new healthy habits. Unfortunately, a lot of diets and programmes focus on shorter term results, but through building sustainable habits you’ll actually become healthier and happier in the long run!
Here are some tips for how you can easily and simply improve your health and wellbeing for 2017.’
Part 1: Nourishing Yourself
Healthy eating really doesn’t have to be hard, try some of these ideas to get more nutrients into your diet.
Cook from scratch as much as possible
I love this quote from Jamie Oliver that sums this up well:
‘Healthy food doesn’t have ingredients; healthy food is ingredients.’
When you cook your meal from scratch rather than eating a ready meal or something that just needs to be heated up in the oven, you’re getting more nutrients and less unneeded additives, salt and sugar.
Focus on vegetables and fruit
Fruit and vegetables are nutritional superheroes, try and eat a wide range of veggies in a rainbow of colours to ensure you’re getting a wide variety of antioxidants that help protect your cells.
Give beans and legumes a try
Beans and legumes like lentils are a fantastic food to include in your diet. They’re really affordable and are a good source of fibre and protein. Alongside fruit and vegetables which are also a good source of fibre they help support stable energy levels and the health of your digestive tract.
You should be aiming for around 6-8 glasses of non-caffeinated liquid a day. Water is the best choice but if you aren’t a fan try adding some fresh fruit, sliced cucumber or even herbs like mint to give it some flavour.
Invest in comfortable footwear
Pair these healthy and wholesome foods with an active lifestyle and you will have a recipe for success. Look to the comfortable and stylish range of Active footwear to add an extra touch of cushioned luxury into your busy lifestyle.
You can find all of Laura’s tips and advice on healthy living and wellbeing on the beautifully curated Whole Heartedly Healthy blog. Be inspired by the host of delicious recipes, easy to follow exercises and healthy living guidance that has helped Laura to lose a staggering 6 stone in weight over the past few years.
Laura’s view on healthy living:
‘It’s so much more than just food and exercise. It’s your mindset, how you feel about your body, how you express yourself, your style, your environment and what you put on your skin. It’s whether or not the job you do makes you happy, your stress levels, quality of sleep, your relationships and your finances. Yes, food and exercise are really important, but to me, health is a culmination of all of those things.’
We couldn’t agree more, discover Laura’s blog here.