Good food is important to me and I've touched on the subject of healthy eating several times in recent posts. Nourishment is one of the foundation stones of a healthy lifestyle and eating well should be a part of your self-care routine. You deserve the best - that doesn't have to mean fancy or expensive, it means ditching the junk and enjoying quality food. Treats don't have to be bad for you, think crisp, seasonal vegetables or fresh, juicy fruit and you can indulge in a "little of what you fancy" such as some really great chocolate, as long as it is only a little.
One of the best ways to make sure you eat well without it becoming a chore is to plan your meals. Deciding what to have in advance instead of just opening the fridge or cupboard and hoping for the best will help you (and your family) improve your diet. Writing down your meals for seven days and avoiding too much repetition will help you increase the variety of foods you eat which means a wider range of vitamins and minerals. You can use the plan to help you stick to a calorie controlled or pointed diet. A meal plan also makes your life simpler too - you'll know what to buy at the supermarket, you can match your meals to your schedule by planning quick and easy meals for your busier days or prepping the night before and if someone else is cooking they'll know what to make.
A meal planner doesn't have to be complicated or fancy - you can just write one out in a notebook or you can use one of these simple grids that I've made for myself. They print onto A4 paper and can be put into a binder or stuck on a kitchen noticeboard. There's two to choose from - a Monday start plan or a blank version for those of you whose week starts on a different day.
If you're enjoying your healthy eating plan and spending a little more time in the kitchen have a look at the new gift guide and my Pinterest boards.
I hope you all had a great Bank Holiday. The weather here was fabulous and I spent a lot of time getting the garden back into shape. Talking of getting back into shape, as predicted in my last post, I can barely move today. Lots of dog walking keeps me reasonably fit but I've obviously employed some little used muscles over the past couple of days - my word, do some of them ache.
It's not all bad though, a little discomfort can be a good reminder and this slight soreness has promoted me to focus on one of the things on my own self-care to-do list. Do More Yoga. Now.
There are many forms of yoga and they are all basically a mix of physical, mental and spiritual practices. Do a little research and find a form that concentrates on what interests you most. My personal favourite is Iyengar as I like the focus on the postures and the body awareness that it promotes. What ever form of yoga you choose it's a good idea to learn the basics from an expert and your ten pound treat would be well spent on a yoga class. The British Wheel of Yoga has a comprehensive list.
So - I now need to practise what I preach and do some yoga. I did a great yoga class with a fantastic teacher for over ten years but unfortunately can't make the session anymore. I hope to find a similar class in the not too distant future and in the meantime I think ten years of tuition has set me up for a little home practice. I have all the gear and the "big book" BKS Iyengar's "Yoga The Path to Holistic Health".
Right - now I'm off to set up my studio (aka a corner of the spare room)
If you enjoy your yoga or you know someone who does here's a list of goodies to add to that feeling of peace and well-being. All handmade and all under ten pounds of course.
There's also lots of yoga and fitness related inspiration on my Pinterest board.
I'm also loving these workout friendly outfits from Apricot Clothing