Simple tricks for a healthier lifestyle

I always envy those people who can eat completely clean and seem to effortlessly eat their five (or ten) a day. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people so I need some little tricks to keep my eating habits in check. They've been working for me pretty well recently, so I thought I'd share!

Frozen smoothie bags
I always have the best intentions so eat healthily but then I just cannot be bothered when it comes to it. So recently I've started cutting up some banana and putting it in a freezer bag with spinach and frozen berries, and storing a few of those bags in the freezer. So in the morning I just take out a bag, chuck it in the blender with some milk and there you go, a healthy nutritious breakfast (and three of your 5-a-day in just one meal!).

Courgetti (aka 'Your spiraliser is your best friend')
Take a break from reading this post and go on ebay to buy a spiraliser. Just do it, you can thank me later (this is the one I have, to save you some time). My spiraliser was probably the best thing I've bought recently because it means that it's just as quick for me to make courgetti as it is to make spaghetti. I'm not normally one for 'healthier options' but I make an exception when it comes to courgetti because they are just so delicious and you don't feel guilty about eating them! 

Choose your poison
Restrictions suck. There, I said it. I hate restricting what I eat. But I know that if I don't, I will blow up like a baloon, so I have to make some sacrifices. We all know that if you cut out all bad food you're going to binge sooner or later, unless you have ridiculous willpower (more power to you!). So what I like to do is choose just one thing that I'm allowing myself to have. I love wine, chocolate and pasta- so if I'm having a glass of wine with dinner I won't have chocolate or pasta, and if I had a chocolate cookie at lunch I'll skip the wine at dinner. It's not a way to get a six pack but it's a way for us people with normal amounts of willpower to make slightly healthier choices. 

Skip the sugar in your tea
As an English person person who has been living in England for too long, I like to drink a lot of tea, and with every cup there's a dash of milk and a spoon of sugar (please don't kill me traditional tea people, I like my sugar). Obviously that sugar adds up, even if it doesn't feel like much at the time. I find that the easiest way to give up sugar in your tea or coffee is to slowly reduce the amount you use each time until there's none left. Or do what I do and just completely switch to green tea. It's good for you and actually doesn't taste so bad. I really like the Cranberry Green Tea by Twinings and am starting to really like the taste of green tea in general!

I hope you found some of these tips useful, let me know if you have any tips in the comments!

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