Today’s contributing article is by Liz Earle MBE who is known for her passion for beauty, natural health and wellbeing, as well as her considerable charity and campaign work. She is a TV presenter, an entrepreneur, a farmer, the bestselling author of over 35 books and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Liz Earle Wellbeing, a high-quality quarterly magazine. Built on over 30 years of Liz’s award-winning advice, experience and research, Liz Earle Wellbeing is packed with tried and trusted recipes and inspirational ideas and ways to bring out the very best in you. Today she shares with us her wellbeing top tips.
Eat the right food: What we eat affects our mood and I’m a great believer in feel-good food – especially at lunchtime as this provides a real lift in the middle of the day. February is the perfect time to make mood-boosting warming lunchtime soup. Whether it’s a thick, wholesome, almost chewable broth or a clear, intense consommé, the pleasure of a simple soup at lunchtime in my opinion is pretty unbeatable for seasonal wellbeing.
Focus on your gut health: Good gut health has the power to totally transform the way we look and feel. Start by making one small change to your diet and adding in some probiotics in the form of plain live yoghurt or fermented foods such as kefir. I start my day with a glass of kefir, a live super-yoghurt drink packed with powerfully beneficial probiotics, and I find this gives me a real boost in the morning.
Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is such a great way to boost our overall wellbeing and in particular our energy levels – it can also help flush accumulated waste from the body as well as help our immune system by giving over-worked digestive systems a rest. I keep a filter water bottle with me all day or have a filter water jug on my desk if working from the Liz Earle Wellbeing Studios as a visual reminder to stay hydrated.
Exercise outside: Regular exercise, particularly in the fresh air, can lift our moods, ease anxiety and wake up a sluggish mind. I’m a recent convert to running and enjoy early-morning (quick!) runs around my West Country farm – or a park when I’m in London.
Snack wisely: Keep healthier snacks, such as nuts and berries, to hand to avoid temptation come any mid-afternoon energy slump. I make a batch of date, apricot, raisin and oat bars at the beginning of each week, full of brain boosting goji berries and cranberries, so I have something delicious to reach for in the event of the need for an afternoon boost.
Enjoy the simple pleasures: Make more time during your week to focus on simple pleasures – do more of what makes you happy and see more of the people you love! For me that’s making the most of family time outdoors – exploring London’s glorious parks, renting bikes or just walking around seeing what we can find for a nature table. Simple, yet special times that make for happy memories.
It’s all about balance: I firmly believe that wellbeing is all about balance, which is why it’s good to embrace our guilty pleasures from time to time! My guilty (and rare!) pleasure is probably a lie-in with the weekend papers – as well as the odd piece of dark chocolate!
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