New Year’s resolutions are a great starting point for making changes, but it’s far too easy to fall off the wagon – research compiled by Statistic Brain shows that only 8% of people who have made a New Year’s resolution were able to meet their goal
#DryJanuary, #Veganuary and #Detox2017 are all classic examples of #NewYearNewYou trending hashtags – the good intentions are there, but the willpower often isn’t. One company is touting a hashtag that it hopes will hang around a little longer – #NotJustForJanuary.
Created by the team at Mindful Chef, a healthy recipe box delivery service, the idea is to provide a simple solution to healthy eating that can be easily incorporated into your everyday lifestyle. And for time-poor Londoners, it’s a lifesaver (especially if, like me, you’re guilty of three or four pizza runs to Sainsbury’s Local a week).
Mindful Chef, launched in 2015 by Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries, offers eight weekly recipes packed with ingredients sourced from sustainable farmers in the West Country and award-winning organic meat and fish that is also stocked in Fortnum & Mason and Harrods, and it’s all delivered straight to your door free of charge.
Ideal for those looking for a cleaner, leaner diet, the kits include no refined carbs and therefore avoid high-carb fillers such as pasta or bread, which are still present in other ‘healthy’ meal kits. Instead, Mindful Chef delivers gluten-free, dairy-free, fresh produce.
Each recipe and ingredient used is scrutinised by Mindful Chef co-founder, personal trainer and nutritional coach Myles Hopper, who works closely with reputable nutritionists and chefs to create varied, balanced recipes with simple-to-follow instructions.
THE MINDFUL CHEF’S TOP TIPS
FOR A HEALTHIER JANUARY
- Eat at home more often and get into the habit of making your own lunches: With 4 out of 10 Brits choosing to eat at home, eating in is the new eating out, and it’s good for you! Save eating out for special occasions and make sure to set time aside to enjoy cooking.
- Avoid or lower your refined carbohydrate intake: Often found in foods such as white bread, white rice, pasta and starchy vegetables, refined carbohydrates are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream causing risky spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Eating refined carbohydrates in excess can lead to mood swings, weight gain, insulin resistance, heart disease and diabetes. Making small changes and switches to healthier alternatives can make a huge difference.
- Meditate: As Mindful Chefs, paying more attention to the present moment and our mental wellbeing is hugely important. Just 10 minutes of meditation helps us to enjoy the world around us and better understand ourselves. Meditation doesn’t have to be done sat crossed legged on the floor in silence – try getting off the tube or bus a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way alone. Put your phone away and take time to listen to your thoughts, understand your emotions and take in the world around you.
- Exercise regularly: If you hate exercise then find an activity or hobby you enjoy that will increase your fitness without feeling like ‘exercise’ – cycling, surfing, dancing, rock climbing or even hiking. Better yet, encourage a friend to join you and you’re more likely to stick to it beyond January. If you don’t like the gym or aren’t sure what exercise to do take a look at this easy workout plan you can do at home.
- Switch off: 73% of Brits say they’d struggle to go a day without checking their phone or computer. We understand how useful technology can be but switching off can be just as beneficial. Make sure to eat lunch away from your desk and take an hour or two a day to switch off completely. Doing so will aid sleep, reduce stress levels and make time for reconnecting with those around you.
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