Ten Commandments to a happier and healthier life.

Ten Commandments to a happier and healthier life.

1. Hydrate

I know water isn’t food but it’s the best thing to hit your lovely lips in the morning. Think hydrate before you caffeinate. Aim to drink two large glasses of warm water with freshly grated ginger upon rising, then throughout the day drink 3.3 per cent of your body weight in water. Try to consume clean filtered water to remove unwanted chemicals, bacteria and pathogens. Proper hydration gives you boundless energy and glowing skin.


2. Up ya protein

Some adverts have led us to believe that cereal is the best way to start the day, when really we are pumping our bodies with buckets of sugar and chemicals that leave us groggy and reaching for coffee and cake at 11 a.m. Switching to a protein-powered breakfast will fuel you until lunchtime: no slumps, no snacks. Don’t skip this one: it really works. You can also up ya protein through grass-fed meat, fish, eggs, quinoa, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes.


3. Don’t diet or deprive

This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Telling yourself you can’t have something makes you want it more. It’s like being a kid again! It’s time to master your mindset. Start looking at food as something that nourishes your body, that boosts your energy, makes your skin shine bright and is always a pleasure to eat. Focus on crowding in, not cutting out. You will be filling your plate with lots of delicious veggies, fresh fruits, healthy fats, good-quality meat and fish, gluten-free grains and nuts and seeds. You’ll find that you don’t think about food as much, that you can sit back and enjoy your life. trust me, diets don’t work, so stop depriving yourself and start living.


4. Be grateful

As a Brit I have been accustomed to focussing on the negatives, the bad weather, the commute, the cost of living, however to live a healthy and happy life you need to focus on the positives. Gratitude is the best attitude, focusing on all the things that are great in your life. Try it at home: focus on 3 things your are grateful for each day, shifting your attention will make you happier.


5. Three meals a day keeps indigestion at bay

Often we eat way too much, snacking all day in an attempt to battle our fatigue. But we don’t need all this food: three meals a day – a good protein-rich breakfast followed by two wholesome meals – is adequate for most of us. if you have an active job or exercise a lot you might need an extra snack over the course of the day, but try to get in the habit of having proper meals. Leave at least a four-hour gap in between to allow your stomach to empty and your body to rest. After all, it works hard to transfer that quinoa salad into energy, so cut it some slack!


6. Get on the chew-chew train

It’s time to start using our teeth. This may sound strange, but there is a reason why I’ve made this one of my nine principles. Most of us don’t chew our food: we wolf it down on the way to a meeting, while checking emails or sat in front of the TV. But doing this means you aren’t digesting your food or absorbing the nutrients efficiently, and neither do you register when you’re full. digestion starts in the mind, so get present while you’re eating: no distractions, no eating and tweeting. Sit down, breathe and chew your food 10–15 times: relax while you eat, don’t rush. Watch your bloated belly disappear, your body feel calmer and your desire to grab something sweet diminish.

7. Get your fats straight

Ah, the terrible F-word the thing we don’t want to be and the foods we have long avoided. But fats are so good for you! They will make your hair shine, your nails grow and your skin glow. They are an amazing source of energy, keeping you full all day long. They boost your immune system and contain essential fatty acids that are vital for your body. So up your fats from healthy sources like nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, olive oil, coconut oil and avocados.

8. Getting meaty

People are sometimes surprised that I cook with meat and fish. ‘isn’t meat bad for you?’, I’m often asked. Well, it’s all about quality, and I always choose pasture-raised, grass-fed meat. Grass-fed beef is naturally leaner than grain-fed beef: it contains much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and is a great source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a fat that reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes and many immune disorders. if you don’t eat meat, no worries! But if you do, try to buy the best quality. it will be slightly more expensive so think buy less, buy better – use the money you would have spent on a few pieces of cheaper meat and just buy one that’s good quality. the taste alone will get you hooked.


9. Cook once, eat twice

I hate washing up, so i cut corners by cooking an extra portion of whatever recipe I’m making in the evening for me to eat the next day.

It means I have lunch ready and don’t have to scrub an extra dish. It is a money and time saver, and one of my golden rules that I can’t recommend enough!

10. Smile Everyday

Smiling makes you happy, give it a go. smile big. it also makes those around you happy, its like a domino effect so smile big and spread the love.


Do you have any commandments which you live by? I’d love to hear them so make sure you comment below xxx

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