It goes without saying that a lot of us are currently feeling a little worse for wear post-silly season. But, we also know that as the freshness of the new year sets in, we begin to re-evaluate our lives, especially when it comes to health and wellbeing. Putting forth your best intentions to undo the damage done to our partied-out bodies is great. But, the real magic happens when intentions turn to actions. So, we have compiled a cheat-sheet to a healthy and happy 2017 with the best advice from some of our favourite Who profile interviews. Raise your matcha latte to your healthiest year yet.
Have A Blended Breakfast
Smoothie bowls have been a mainstay in our health ambitions for a long time, but for good reason. You can fit so much goodness into one beautiful, blended concoction that is palatable and achievable as a daily habit. Quick, easy and ultra-nutritious, it's little surprise it's perennial beach babe Elyse Knowles morning got-to. She swears by this smoothie bowl recipe to keep her fuelled until lunch time: 1 frozen banana, ¼ cup almond milk, ½ cup crushed ice, ¼ Tbs cacao, 1 Tbs Amazonia Slim and Tone Protein and super foods powder The Super Elixr. Blend and add nuts and hemp seeds.
Download a Killer workout playlist
When motivation wanes, it's easy to ditch the workout for a sneaky wine. But, there's a super simple way to get your energy levels up: music. In fact, experts have even called it 'a type of legal performance enhancing drug'. Model Jen Hawkins swears by good music to get her through an otherwise mundane run on the treadmill (she does half an hour, four days a week). Download a host of songs you like or hit up Spotify for some tunes that will get you motivated to get moving in the new year.
Try a juice cleanse
If you really need a reset, a juice cleanse can be a sure way to eliminate everything in your system and leave you with a fresh mindset. Both Lara Worthington and Bambi Northwood-Blyth are devotees of Orchard Street to give them a boost. Beauticate's very own Sigourney Cantelo also swears by the ProdJuice cleanse. Three days is a good amount of time to leave you feeling light and refreshed.
Don’t let travelling derail your fitness routine
Bloggers Tash and Devin from A Bikini A Day know all too well the struggles of keeping fit between time zones, but they don’t let it become an excuse to slack off (these two rock bikinis year round). They explain that getting up and going for a run wherever you are is a good way to explore and stay fit, or do a small circuit session you can do in a hotel. Try the 5 x 5: start with five sit ups, five jump squats, five bedside dips, five push ups and five burpees. Then, do another round, but add five more reps to each exercise. Keep going until you reach 25 reps. Also, indulge in some of the local cuisine, but don’t go crazy. Opt for a bigger breakfast and go lighter on lunch and dinners.
Control cravings by not depriving yourself
The only thing that happens after a bout of self-deprivation is one big old binge fest. It's counterproductive and a down-right depressing way to look at food. It's much better to allow yourself all the delicious foods that set your tastebuds alight, just be conscious of portions, and aim for a balance of nutrient-dense foods in your day. Anchorwoman and all round beauty Sylvia Jeffreys shared that whenever she craves something sweet, a teaspoon of almond butter or a medjool date will curb the cravings without the need to hit the vending machine. This is especially helpful coming down from the sugar binge that is Christmas.
Make the first thing you do in the morning something healthy.
Queen of health (and so glowy it hurts) Miranda Kerr swears by warm water and lemon each morning as soon as she wakes. She is correct in telling us that it kick starts her digestion, not to mention it has amazing alkalizing properties to offset the not so few festive season champagnes.
Story By Emily Algar