The Perfect 10

Gabriela’s 10 easy New Year resolutions to make for a healthier, happier 2017

Can I let you into a secret? I don’t believe in New Year resolutions. I love the promise that the start of a new year can bring, but even with the best intentions, a lifestyle overhaul can seem daunting, meaning many of us fall at the first hurdle. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate the effectiveness of smaller changes. While they may appear insignificant on their own, that’s actually where their real power lies. By gradually introducing these little alternations one by one, it won’t seem like an effort to look after yourself. Which is why for long-term health and wellness gains, it’s all about gentle steps.

Here are some easy-wins to make healthy-living a breeze this January:

1. Make your first drink of the day a cup of warm water and lemon juice.

Lemon juice not only contains vitamin C to help protect the immune system, but also potassium to nourish brain and nerve cells. Add some ginger or turmeric if you’re feeling run down.

2. Keep a notebook by your bed

If late night worries are keeping you awake, write them down and tackle them in the morning. Acknowledging them in this way will break the cycle of anxious thought that often looms just before bedtime.

3. Hygge your home

Did you know that Denmark ranks as the happiest nation in the world? Some people attribute this to their concept of Hygge. Although there isn’t a direct English translation for Hygge, it generally means a combination of cosiness, contentment and spending time with loved ones. Make your home a hygge haven with candles and blankets galore.

4. Swap vegetable oil for coconut oil

When an unsaturated fat such as vegetable oil is heated, it becomes damaged and creates free radicals that can inflame the body. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that does not get damaged during the cooking process. It also contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) that provide an energy boost without spiking your blood sugar and can even speed up the metabolism.

5. Banish blue light from the bedroom

Blue light emitted from digital devices such as phone, tablet and laptop screens can play havoc with your body’s melatonin levels that would normally help you drift off to sleep. Try and switch off your devices about an hour before bedtime – and keep them well away from the bedroom – to readjust your sleeping pattern.

6. Boost yourself

Afternoon slumps can wreck even the best of intentions. Swap unhealthy afternoon snacks for a delicious and wholesome GP Nutrition Boost Me supplement. Its primary ingredient is brown rice, which has a positive effect on weight-loss and the immune system and contains protein powder to keep blood sugar on an even keel. Drink with water, milk or in a shake.

7. Observe #selfcaresaturday

Not all of us have the luxury of an entire day to ourselves but self-care is a necessity. Whether it’s a three-minute facemask or a three-hour walk, we owe it to ourselves and to our loved ones to take time out. Make it a priority to enjoy a #selfcaresaturday

8. Digital detox

The social media revolution has had an incredible impact on how we live our lives and we’re now more connected than ever before. But have we forgotten to enjoy the moment? Life is all about balance, so try and dedicate one day per month to digitally detoxing as a family and make the most of the present.

9. Swap the lift for the stairs

Every step counts on your journey to fitness! Make a conscious choice to opt for stairs over the lift or escalator where possible and watch your stamina soar.

10. Stay hydrated

When our bodies are properly hydrated we sleep better, think clearer, look healthier and our energy levels are optimised. An easy way to do this is to drink a full glass of water before eating each meal. It really is that simple!

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017

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