How to have a healthy start to 2018

It’s that time of year when we’re all thinking about detoxes and hitting the gym more regularly. These resolutions tend to fall by the wayside after a month or so because the way we usually go about them is so unsustainable. Here’s a guide to taking things slow and building healthy habits that will carry you through the year.

Eat clean but don’t deprive yourself

All the sugar and chemicals in processed food and wreak havoc on your body. Where possible, eat real food; lean meat, veggies, fruit and whole grains all count. Try and limit how much processed food you eat; doughnuts, cakes, crisps and biscuits. If it looks unhealthy it probably is.

Now, all that being said, if you have a real craving, don’t deprive yourself. A diet with none of the foods you love is just going to build you up to a massive binge. Believe me, I’ve been there.

Start small

If you do want to change your eating habits, start small. Again, any drastic change is going to lead to a binge. Start by cutting down on junk food, or including a few more vegetables at meal times. Once you get used to a small change, build on it.

Look after your skin

This time of year is rough for our skin as we’re going between through so many temperature changes. Wind, central heating and wet days all contribute to dry, unhappy skin so make sure your skincare routine is on point.

One of the biggest things people forget about in winter is to use an SPF cream. Even if the sun doesn’t feel hot, the UV rays can still cause damage. Make sure you have a moisturiser with a decent SPF.

Take care of your eyes

I know so many people who should be wearing glasses and don’t, or those who rely too heavily on their contact lenses, or even people that don’t get their eyes checked for fear of needing glasses.

If you wear contacts, give your eyes a break every so often. Eye drops will help to soothe your eyes and make contacts more comfortable. Take a look at this guide from Vision Direct on how to apply eye drops and their benefits.

Get outside

The weather might be terrible but try and get outside. Fresh air is good for your physical and mental health so don’t shut yourself away from the world just because it’s cold out. If anything, take the opportunity to go shopping for a new winter coat.

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