It’s the fourth post from our Summer Prep series and this is a subject that, while I’m no expert in this matter, I can say that my simple methods have really been paying-off for me. Nowadays, people are way ahead with their clean eating, their detox programs and their endless protein smoothies handbook (my sister in one of them, she knows her chia seeds, she knows her almond butter and her quinoa). I am less of an expert and more of a traditionalist, but still, I wanted to share with you my humble and maybe boring healthy tips. But…. I used to be a rather chubby teenager and now, 50 pounds lighter, I’ve managed to keep that weight off (almost all, I sometimes gain one or loose two and so on).
With Summer right around the corner, the time has come to stop slacking-off or, if you have been keeping fit and healthy, to step-up that game. That horrible feeling when you are at a poolside, feeling insecure, covered up in a towel or inside a huge kaftan (I don’t care if it’s Missoni, Summer was made for parading yourself around in a bikini), been there, won’t be there ever again. No, it’s not about dreaming about Candice Swanepoel’s perfect physique, it’s about becoming the best version of yourself, it’s about being as fit and happy as you could possibly be. Confidence comes from the inside, yes, but taking care of yourself means loving yourself so much that confidence just comes with the whole package. Here are a few things that make me feel better and look better:
SLEEP THERAPY: They call it beauty sleep for a reason, right? Sleeping is as important as what you eat or put inside your body. The more you sleep, the better you’ll feel. Wanna loose weight? Sleeping can help. I suffer from anxiety and it always happens just before going to bed. It would’ve been easier to pop some pills every night, but instead, I have created a routine that actually works.
- Satin silk scarf for the head: just the thing to tame those curls overnight.
- Relax and Sleep Well app: the creepy voice is actually soothing and the breathing dynamics work, for real!
- Showering and moisturizing before bed: it’s relaxing and the skin feels so damn good against cold sheets.
- Lavender pillow mist: that’s the cherry on my cake. L’Occitane has a nice one but my all-time favorite is Banyan Tree’s Lavender and Bergamot Sleep Enhancer
INFUSED WATER: Drink at least two liters of water, that’s what they always say… I used to find that task so hard to achieve, until I started cooling off massive amounts of tea. That’s right, now I make pitchers of Peppermint and Cucumber or Black Currant tea, put them in the fridge (no sugar, just plain, infused water) and then I happily drink my 8 glasses of water. If you are not that much into tea, you can chop some berries or some cucumber and lime and throw them inside the water. Cucumber water is the ultimate de-puffer, try it!
CLEAN EATING: I’m no expert as I said before, I just eat what works for me:
- Fruits only in the morning: cantaloupe and papaya, mango when I’m seriously craving somethin’ sweet.
- Egg whites with turkey breast, best breakfast after a workout.
- Soups, simple vegetable soups (nothing creamy) are healthy and they help fill that stomach up!
- Coffee with coconut soy milk, that’s my drug and my fuel!
- Lettuce with turkey breast, simple but great with a Dijon and red wine vinegar dressing.
- Lunch: protein + veggies (grilled, baked or steamed).
And I do enjoy my glasses of wine often and a pasta (I’m not a dessert kind of person) with lots of Parmigiano every once in a while. I don’t believe in pills or magic remedies, I don’t believe in quick diets and skipping meals, they will work against you sooner or later. It’s not about dieting, it’s about learning how to eat.
SMOOTH DETOX: My foodie/clean eater sister, who blogs about that a lot, swears by detox smoothies, so I thought it would be nice to include them in this post. She followed Dr. Oz’s Detox Plan, you can read all about it HERE and find there recipes over HERE
GET MOVING: I’m not gonna get into the whole “how many squats and push-ups” thing, I’m no expert. What I can tell you, no matter what you eat, how many hours a day you sleep or how many pounds you weight, you’ll never be healthy enough if you don’t exercise. Find your weapon of choice, the one you enjoy or don’t hate, and don’t stop. You don’t like running? Walk, but do it everyday (I like to do intervals on a treadmill, that works for me). Some jumping jacks when you wake up, some crunches before bed. Pinterest is a great tool when it comes to finding new routines to try out. The only important thing here is to keep on moving and never stop! Remember, fit is the new skinny!
What are your healthy habits? Anything new for me to try out? Drop me a line! Tomorrow we will be moving on to Fashion, no that’s really my area of expertise! Have a great day!
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