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Easy tweaks to everyday life to carry on that “New Year, New You” healthy feeling

Easy tweaks to everyday life to carry on that “New Year, New You” healthy feeling

January’s almost over, but are your good intentions? If you’ve been detoxing or getting healthy this January, why not carry it on for the rest of 2017? Here’s some easy tweaks to everyday life to carry on that “New Year, New You” healthy feeling. 😄

A new year always begins with the very best intentions, but it’s not easy to keep up all those resolutions. If you’ve been detoxing, doing Dry January, or just taking steps towards living healthier at the start of this year, why not carry on with some of those good habits? Here are some ideas for small steps towards healthier living in 2017 – you might even find them fun!

1. Drink up!

Keep hydrated throughout the day with lots of water, herbal teas and green tea, if you like it. You could even try mixing up some of the fruity drink recipes we’ve shared below and take a big bottle to work to pep you up in the office, or add some sliced fresh fruit to a big bottle or jug of water – perhaps even some sprigs of mint, slices of ginger or cucumber. Experiment with different flavours and see what takes your fancy – there are endless possibilities…

Green tea  has many health and nutritional benefits. It’s full of antioxidants, amino acids and other nutrients that are believed to help improve brain function, support the body’s immune system, and even aid weight loss. Combined with green tea’s caffeine content, this is a brew that can give you a healthy boost, either hot or cold.

2. Cut out the caffeine

On the other hand, if you’re wanting to cut down on caffeine, or cut it out altogether, there are still some tasty alternative teas to enjoy, which can help you stay refreshed and hydrated at any time of the day. Here are two of the Chateau Rouge team’s favourites:

A robust cup of Rooibos Rooibos, also known as redbush or bush tea, is a herbal leaf grown in South Africa. It’s been used for years to make a comforting cup of tea, and is known for its medicinal properties. Full of antioxidants and minerals, it’s naturally caffeine free and can be drunk with or without milk.

A hearty cup of Honeybush teaHoneybush is a lesser known, but very tasty tea, also packed full of antioxidants and minerals and completely caffeine free, so you can guzzle as much as you like! Made from wild bushes in South Africa, the leaves are naturally sun-dried. The deliberately coarse leaves come to life with hot water and make a refreshing, comforting cuppa. It tastes subtly sweet and peachy, like a touch of mild honey with soft summer fruits.  

3. Loose the booze

Ditching the drink doesn’t need to be depressing – and you don’t need to rely on sugary soft drinks, either. Experiment with some non-alcoholic cocktails containing healthy ingredients. Try out these delicious non-alcoholic cocktails – some of them even contain tea!

Green Tea Cocktail

A refreshingly zingy cocktail, come rain or shine…

This recipe is adapted from Zero Proof Cocktails: Alcohol-Free Beverages for Every Occasion, by Liz Scott.

Ingredients
(Makes four wine glasses)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 cups white grape juice (no-added sugar version)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup ginger ale, chilled
Directions
  1. Pour the boiling water over the green tea and steep for five minutes – steep for longer and make a stronger green tea brew than you would normally.
  2. Cool the green tea down to room temperature.
  3. Mix the cooled green tea, the grape juice and the fresh lemon juice together in a medium sized jug and chill well in the fridge.
  4. Serve in four wine glasses and add ice to taste – top each glass up with a little ginger ale for that extra zing 
  5. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime – or whatever fruit you prefer.

 

Pineapple and Orange Virgin Toddy

A warming, citrusy comforter in the cold weather.

Adapted from the recipe by Natalie Migliarini on Beautiful Booze

Ingredients
  • 60 ml orange juice
  • 90 ml pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Slice of pineapple (for garnish)
Directions
  1. Gently heat up the orange juice, pineapple juice, and lemon juice in a saucepan
  2. Add the honey – stir it in until it’s dissolved.
  3. Take it off the heat and pour into serving glass suitable for hot liquids
  4. Garnish with a pineapple slice

Alcohol free cocktails_Sangria from Chateau Rouge Gourmet Organic Tea

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

A deliciously fruity, tangy and family friendly and super simple sangria.

Recipe by Cheeky Kitchen

Ingredients
(Serves eight)
  • 4 cups passion fruit juice
  • 8 cups sparkling water – or ginger ale, for an added kick!
  • 1 sliced kiwi fruit
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1 sliced star fruit
  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
Directions
  1. Fill a large jug with ice
  2. Add the juice and sparkling water or ginger ale
  3. Add the sliced fruit
  4. Serve straightaway, or refrigerate until ready to serve

4. Work on the willpower

A recent survey showed that 63 percent of people who made a New Year’s Resolution in 2016 had broken it. 43 percent of them said they lasted less than a month.

Studies have shown that breaking bad habits is the key to boosting willpower. According to top psychologists, this is because we only have a limited amount of willpower to use throughout the day. For example, if we’re using all our willpower up to focus and concentrate at work all day, that doesn’t leave much for when we get home.

Dr Jessamy Hibberd recently shared her tips for increasing your willpower in Marie Claire Magazine 

Here’s some of our top tips to shake up your day and work that willpower:

1. Think of 'why'

This is a common technique with business psychologists and coaches. Focus on  why  you are trying to achieve certain goals, rather than what you need to do to achieve them. This strengthens your motivation and helps you focus on a positive outcome.

2. Do something different during the day-to-day

This could be getting to work via a different route, getting up earlier and taking an earlier train, cycling instead if driving, or breaking the autopilot in the office by popping out somewhere different for lunch. The trick is to break your usual patterns of behaviour.

3. Think positive 

Don’t get bogged down with negative thoughts – think positive and keep a note of the positive thoughts so you can focus on them, rather than the negative thoughts that pop into your head throughout the day.

4. Don't deny yourself

Staying strong is more difficult if you’re denying yourself. Replace the ‘treats’ you’re trying to avoid with a healthy alternative – try some fruit or a healthy snack instead of sweets and chocolate; a cup of herbal tea instead of that strong espresso you’re craving, but desperate to avoid. Enjoy one of the alcohol-free cocktails we’ve recommended instead of that glass of fizz. Then, pat yourself on the back for asserting such self-control! Which leads nicely on to our final point, from Dr Hibberd…

5. Don't be overly critical of yourself

Dr Hibberd says that self-criticism can loosen your control, so by not being too hard on yourself, you’re helping to keep that willpower going. Give your ego just a little boost…  

6. Get some exercise – and enjoy it! 

Online searches for gym memberships spike by around 40 percent between December and January. Statistics in the USA show that a staggering 80 percent of new gym memberships lapse by only the second week of February.

According to a recent article in The Spectator, a study suggests that the UK wastes over £26 billion on fitness and diet fads. They estimate that the average person in the UK wastes £429 on unused gym memberships, £179 on gym clothes that won’t ever be worn, and £57 on health supplements that are not continued.

The easiest way to feel healthier if you are physically able to exercise is to incorporate it into your daily routine. Little things, like walking to the train station instead of hopping on a bus; getting off a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way, or taking the stairs instead of the lift all add up, helping to keep the heart pumping and your muscles working.

Try not to sit at your desk all day – take regular breaks, stretch those arms, shoulders and legs, walk about a bit.

Do some stretches at home – it’s good to try to stretch first thing in the morning and in the evening when you get back from a long day at work. You can even take the opportunity to stretch those arms and legs while the kettle’s boiling – tea workout, anyone?!

We wish you the very best of luck with all your resolutions – more importantly, here’s to a happy and healthy 2017. Cheers!

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