Health and Vitality in 2016.

healthWouldn’t it be great if we all achieved our health goals this year? Well that depends on how realistic we were in setting them in the first place, and my advice at this time of year towards your health and wellbeing is to identify one or two key health goals. Once you have done this, establish how you are going to achieve them noting the steps and changes required along the way to meet them!

We all know you should drink more water. The easy way to achieve this is to always have water with you. Invest in and carry a water bottle (BPA free is best) and refill with filtered water throughout the day. If you forget to drink, set reminders on your phone or use an app to log and monitor your intake (I use “MyWater” to keep track of my daily intake). Try taking a large glass of water to bed with you and drink it as soon as you get out of bed in the morning. You should be aiming to drink at least 2 litres of water daily (more when exercising) and when at home try livening water up by adding fresh lemon or limes or other fruits or herbs such as mint. Taking these simple steps may help improve your digestion and concentration as well as avoiding fatigue and those niggling headaches

It may be that you want to ensure you are eating a rainbow of 7 (5 veg and 2 fruit) a day which are BANTs’ (British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) current guidelines for health and wellbeing. To help you achieve this you could sign up for a weekly delivery of a vegetable and fruit box and set time aside to use the recipes that come with the box. Alternatively get that healthy cookbook off the shelf and find favourite recipes that will work for you or the whole family including soups, stews, stir fries and curries as well as energising and  cleansing juices to help kick start this health goal. Taking simple steps such as these will soon become part of your daily/weekly routine and no longer a health goal but a way of living.

A recurring health goal at this time of year is to lose weight/ get fitter but how many of us succeed past January/February despite our best intentions. To integrate exercise into your life I recommend first that you evaluate what type of exercise is it that you enjoy- for example indoors/outdoors, in a class/group environment or individual gym/running/cycling sessions. Next step is to research classes/gyms close to work or home, sign up and add them to your weekly calendar with alerts so that it becomes an integral part of your routine, if possible finding a gym/fitness buddy who will motivate you on a dark winter evening or early Sunday morning!

Whatever your health goals are for 2016, I wish you well and hope you feel inspired and motivated to make them happen this year!

Angela Loftus.

Nutrition 4 Change