This is a guest post by Qudsiyah Remtulla from The Visual Age.
There’s a lot of tips out there on how to start caring for your wellbeing, and I remember making the intention to “be healthy!” all of a sudden but the hype never sustained itself for more than just a couple of days, leaving me so demoralized.
I only discovered the problem recently. I was trying to jump to being healthy all at one go and that of course, didn’t work. What you really want the intention to be is that “I’m going to try and make better decisions in regards to my wellbeing.” No strong NO’s, just better decisions; you’ve got to ease yourself in. The biggest mistake I made was trying to do it all at once. Small steps become a part of you fairly quickly so you can gradually adopt one decision after the other.
These are some of the very little steps that I have taken to making better decisions within the last five months. I used to think that it was super difficult but today I’m here to tell you that it’s not; as long as you don’t try to take it all in at one go. We’re still learning the secrets of being healthier, but this is where we are right now;
Purchase products that are actually good for you. There’s a lot of porridge and cereals out there but try to look for those that have more goodness instead of sugars. I currently love Jordan’s and the Power Omega 3 porridge by QuakerOats. (I add a bunch of fruits, peanut butter with seeds by Whole Earth, coconut flakes and I complete it with a drizzle of honey)
Add superfoods to boost your meals. Chia seeds and Flaxseeds are our current favourites. We add a teaspoon of each to smoothies, porridge, overnight oats and cereal to add to the nutritional value. There are so many others that you can pick from as well!
Support the local markets and buy more fresh fruit and veg and get that goodness into your system to boost your immunity.
Eat when you’re hungry; Stop when you’re not. When you stop eating at the point where you’re not hungry anymore, you feel energized and less lethargic than when you eat until you’re full up.
Get some sports in. If you’re something like me and struggle to exercise at home or go for a run, find local sports centers that you can join during the week. If you can, get someone to join you as well!
Drink more water. Have a bottle next to you. If I don’t have a bottle next to where I’m working, I’ll forget water even exists, especially in the winter when you don’t get particularly thirsty in the day.
Resort to smoothies or homemade snacks instead of store bought junk. I’m still exploring this area, but Pinterest has the best stuff! We recently made some 15-minute chunky cookies that had peanut butter with pumpkin, sunflower and flaxseeds, some of the Omega 3 Protein Oats to that and some chocolate which were really good to snack on at 10.30pm. It feels great to snack on something that’s good for you!
Using coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for so many beneficial purposes such as oil pulling, skincare, haircare, and internal body care too! I just put a little bit of it in my morning coffee! Read the benefits here.
Author: Qudsiyah Remtulla is a visual illustrator and the founder of “The Visual Age”; a platform that passionately exists to enhance personal growth and development through graphic design and creative illustrations.
About Her Blog: My blog is primarily directed towards personal growth; inspiring productivity, sharing lessons and experiences that inspire inner peace, happiness, contentment and a more meaningful way to live our lives thereby learning and growing together.
Check out her blog: www.thevisualage.com