β‹…How to: Have the BEST start to 2016β‹…

Hey loves!

This post LITERALLY just came into my head when I saw a few tweets about how sad it was that Christmas was over and it was now time to prepare for the most depressing month (January).. more specifically “Blue Monday”… and I just instantly thought what better than to have blog post to try and get us all to feel more positive for 2016! So … I thought I would give you a few tips/some advice on how you can have a GREAT start to the year and also help you overcome those post-Christmas blues!

Remember … Don’t Feel Guiltyβ™₯

Now, I know the biggest thing most of us do is eat WAY WAY too much around Christmas time (I am right aren’t I?)… and most of us feel bad for indulging so much. Hey – don’t feel guilty, you deserve it, I am sure we have all had a tough year with school/work/family/friend/relationship struggles… so you are allowed to treat yourself! The biggest thing is to have a positive mindset when it comes to after Christmas time .. this will help us focus more on bettering, not punishing ourselves for those extra treats we had πŸ˜›

Take Long Walksβ™₯

I LOVE taking long walks especially at this time of year … and it is such a good way to clear your head and really get you focused on what you want to achieve in the new year! Trust me, get up nice and early and find a nice country walk to go on (whether that is on your own/with a family member/friend/dog)… and just spend however long you want clearing your head, keeping fit (walking is a form of exercise loves – bonus!), and just enjoying time away from all the craziness of post-Christmas!

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Get Organizedβ™₯

I am the biggest fan of being organized… and trust me this will REALLY get you feeling happy for the new year! You want to go out and buy yourself a diary (a separate one for your “actual life” and then your “blogging world”)… and start PLANNING! I also recommend getting some funky stationary which is to be used specifically for your diaries.. I don’t know about you but this makes me very happy and excited! πŸ˜€

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Reflect Backβ™₯

Christmas may now be over and we are going back into January .. but now is your opportunity to look back on all the amazing things that happened in 2015.. and I know that EVERYONE must have at least ONE time in the past year where they felt happy. One way to do this is to make a scrap book/Facebook album highlighting your top moments of the past year. This will also really help you focus on making 2016 JUST AS GOOD!

Focus on making ONE THING BETTERβ™₯

Hey .. I know so many of you are thinking up new years resolutions .. but I am the type of person who tries to make one thing better at a time, rather than lots of different things! So, whether that is focusing on bettering your blog/social media, relationships with friends/family members, your career… try not to stress yourself out with too many things on your plate. If you are not happy with your blog… spend however long updating it until it is how you want it. Not happy with your job?… Take time out to find a new one/move departments (I know it is not always this easy though … I spent 2 years in a job I didn’t like because I needed the income .. try focus on the positives.. which for me was the girls I worked with .. and when you feel ready .. go for the change) Missing your friends?… Book a weekend off from everything to spend quality time with them. Rather than trying to improve many aspects of your life at once, focus on one thing at a time… that way you know you have finished something as best as you can… and it is not playing on your mind whilst you are trying to work on something else in your life.

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Plan Exciting Things In Advanceβ™₯

Whether this is a holiday/weekend away.. even a night out with your friends.. If you book this before the new year starts, it means you already have SOMETHING exciting to look forward to! This could even be a sleepover (as I know a lot of us do not have much to spend in the month of January).. so get all your girls together for a night and have a PAMPER evening .. read my post here where you can see how to have the perfect one!

Eat Yourself Happy!β™₯

Guess what guys .. there are healthy snacks that you can have after all those treats that will STILL satisfy your cravings as well as being good for you! We all know chocolate boosts your serotonin levels (dark chocolate is even better).. but other foods that do include bananas, popcorn, any type of fruit (my fave being clementinesΒ at this time of year), almonds and green tea (although this is a drink hehe!). Also, there is nothing wrong with some chocolate if you need cheering up .. we all know how much it helps!

And Remember.. It Will Be Spring/Summer Soon!β™₯

This means lighter days, florals, cold drinks, warm evenings, Bank Holiday Weekends, BBQ’S,… ohhh the list is endless!!! Make it your aim to make Summer 2016 ONE OF THE BEST!

Ok loves.. I literally feel like I could go on forever with this post .. But I think I must stop! I really hope this helps you go into the new year with a positive mindset, and also cheers you up if you have Christmas blues! I liked writing up this post too … I am definitely wanting to do more lifestyle/advice posts for the new year .. I will also have a WHOLE post talking about my blog and what I have achieved in this year .. so keep an eye out! In the meantime.. do let me know what posts you want to see from me in 2016!

Cheer up my loves… we have a whole new year ahead of us where you can make ANYTHING you want happen!

Lots of love,

SairaΒ β™₯

xo

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Eating Clean – How YOU can do it :)

Evening Sweethearts !

Hope you have all had a good start to the week! I had a very busy day at work, and was relieved to come home, change into my PJ’s and just unwind :). Also, I cannot express how much I have been loving blogging .. It is so amazing how you can interact with people all over the world with similar interests, and speak to them as though you have known each other for years.. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time out to read my blog, and leave me such lovely comments.. they mean the world to me!

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about… eating clean! Please don’t run away and hide.. it is not as scary or restricting as you may think. I have been eating clean for almost a year, and I can honestly say I enjoy eating so much, never feel restricted, and have really felt a difference in how I feel!

I am going to give you my top tips, and how I have adapted my eating habits to be as healthy as possible!

WATER WATER WATER

My first tip (and this may the most boring and obvious one) is to DRINK WATER. I can imagine you sighing and muttering “for god’s sake, how many times do people say this”, but TRUST ME, it makes a huge difference. I drink a huge glass as soon as I wake up, and keep a tumbler on my desk at work to ensure I never forget to drink water (the amount of trips I take to the bathroom is ridiculous). I see this as a positive thing though, as my body is ridding itself of toxins, and I can definitely tell a difference when I do not drink enough water. A good way to make sure you remember to drink water is to purchase a cute tumbler or drinking glass, one that you will want to carry around! Also an excellent tip is to add sliced lemon/lime to water.. and your plain water “magically” becomes a detoxifying drink, which will clear your skin, help with bloating and wake you up.. Win!SAM_0867

Eat 5-6 Small Meals Everyday

I feel like I never stop eating during the day, but if you are eating the right things, you can eat every 2-3 hours. I will give you a quick run through of what I eat on a daily basis (this does change ALL the time though.. I am just giving an example :D)

Breakfast – Smoothie (Recipe will be below)

Snack – Apple and Banana

Lunch – Chicken, Tomato and Spinach in Wholemeal Wrap

Snack – Yoghurt with Nuts and Dark Chocolate Chips

Snack – Strawberries and Grapes

Dinner – Chicken, Brown Rice and VegetablesΒ 

Snack – TREAT πŸ™‚

So, as you can see I snack ALOT during they day.. but this is essential in speeding up your metabolism, as it means your body is always working to break down the food you put in your body. If you are putting the right things in your body, it will not slow down and store any excess fat (makes sense right?). I also do not restrict myself, and always have a small amount of (dark) chocolate during the day. The key is portion control, that way you will not crash and binge!

Berries Are Your Besties

Ok, it is such a cheesy title.. but berries are absolutely amazing! In fact any fruit is amazing, but I definitely cannot go a day without eating berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, you name them, I LOVE them. They have so many health benefits and really satisfy any sweet cravings (try strawberries covered in dark chocolate… they are TO DIE FOR). Just fill a little tub with your favourite berries, nuts and dark chocolate chips, and snack on whenever you want! You can also add berries to water, and let the flavours infuse.. it is so refreshing :).

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Switch to Wholemeal πŸ™‚

I think everybody knows that wholemeal is a lot better for you, in foods such as bread, pasta, rice etc. It avoids that “bloated” feeling you get after, and I personally prefer the taste so much more. Just start buying wholemeal alternatives, and trust me you will not regret it, and after a while you will wish you switched over sooner!

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“Drink” Your Fruit/VegetablesΒ 

I was quite skeptical about purchasing a “Nutri-Ninja”, or the ever so popular “Nutri-Bullet”, but once I really got in to my clean eating, and saw it on offer in Argos for Β£70, I though why not? It was literally the BEST decision I ever made.. I LOVE my Nutri-Ninja so much, and use it every single day :). It is such a good way to ensure you get your “5 a day” – although with all the other fruit and vegetables I eat, mine probably goes up to “10 a day” :P.

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I make a smoothie every single morning for my breakfast, with the ingredients below (I do sometimes add additional fruit, but this is my go to smoothie).

SAM_0885I fill half the cup with spinach, putΒ both apples in, put 1 banana in, 2 tablespoons of greek yoghurt, some orange juice, a squeeze of lemon and water. It literally takes me less than 5 minutes in the morning, and makes enough for me and my husband :).

Green Tea – Best Thing EverΒ SAM_0862

Ohhh green tea.. I love it SO much. I am sure you have all heard about “powers” of drinking green tea every day.. and I personally think it helps so much. It speeds up your metabolism, cleanses your body of toxins, makes your skin glow, and helps with bloating. Add a slice of lemon to green tea, and you have a powerful anti-oxidant drink :). I probably have around 3 cups a day :).

So… these are the main tips and advice that have come to my mind… eating clean is such a huge topic, and I would love to make more posts on my recipes/what I eat in a day etc :). I just wanted to also say that, I have a take-away every single week, and always have chocolate whenever I crave it.. It is so important to not deprive yourself, and just eat everything in moderation guys.. that is they key :). I don’t believe in having a strict diet, or a specific “day” where you can eat as many things as you want. Eating clean is a lifestyle change, not just something you do for a week/month.

I feel there is so much more to talk about, this is just an insight into my daily food diary. I will maybe in the future share some recipes/weekly food diaries? Sounds good :D. I have left out my workout routine, as I feel that will be another separate blog post hopefully very soon πŸ™‚

Thank you so much lovelies for reading my blog… Please let me know if you want any more information/tips, and I will surely make another post like this soon! I am going to watch TV for a while, then off to bed as I have work in the morning! Have a lovely evening πŸ™‚

Love,

Saira xx