If you want to improve your health in 2014 two things are important.

  1. What you are putting into your body.
  2. How you are looking after your body.

These two things will tend to go hand in hand as what we eat and put into our body will often impact on how you feel and how you look after your body.  For many people, the first Monday of January is the kick start for the new you.  The latest diet kicks in and you have great plans and ideas to shed the pounds and do every marathon challenge in sight.  Sadly, this is not always as easy as it sounds and our advice for a healthier lifestyle in 2014 is to take small steps. 

It can often be a struggle for your body to adapt to big changes, either in what you eat, when you eat or how you train.  This can often result in your new healthier outlook not even making it to February.  Give yourself a chance this year by setting small goals that are achievable.  Take the baby steps to a healthier you in 2014.

To get you started on the path to a healthier lifestyle this year, here are our 5 small tips to making big changes. 

1. Start each day the right way:
It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and as our lifestyles become busier, this has never been truer.  Breakfast is important for adults as it helps set you up for the day and allows you to perform at your best in work or whatever you are doing during the day.  It is often a misconception that you can lose weight by skipping breakfast.  This is possibly one of the worst things you can do as studies show those people that skip breakfast tend to eat more later in the day and snack on sugary and high calorie foods during the day to stave of hunger.  It also makes it harder to manage your weight; so if you are looking to shed a few pounds this year, be sure to start each day with breakfast.  If you are in a rush in the morning, take something quick like a slice of wholemeal toast, cereal, or even a pre-prepared dish like a breakfast smoothie or granola.

2. Fruit, fruit and more fruit:
A quick and easy way to improve your health in 2014 is by eating more fruit.  Fruit is great for the body and provides many great health benefits as it is packed full of vital vitamins and nutrients that help your whole body including your immune system, skin and digestive system.  As the century old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.  Most fruits tend to be low in fat while fruit like bananas, prunes and dried apricots are packed with potassium that helps you to maintain healthy blood pressure levels.  So, rather than snacking on fat and sugar filled sweets and treats for lunch and in your home, snack on fruit.  Take a few pieces of fruit to work with you every day and you’ll soon notice a difference in how you feel.  Stock your fruit bowl with fresh fruit regularly and leave it sitting in a prominent position in your kitchen.

3. Walk before you run:
One thing that is often associated with the start of a New Year is a new fitness push.  Many of us start with great hopes and ambitions to take on the world.  When it comes to trying to start a new training routine in 2014, take baby steps.  Don’t jump head first into the deep end as trying something difficult for your body can often result in your body (and mind) saying “I can’t do this”.  Instead of trying to start off with a 5 mile run or 10 mile cycle, why not start off with something easier like a walk in the countryside or a regular afternoon stroll.  You’ll soon enjoy being out and about in the fresh air and you can build this walk into a light jog or cycle as your body becomes familiar with increased levels of exercise.

4. Get a good night’s sleep:
One easy step to take in improving your health in 2014 is to ensure you get a good night’s sleep.  It is important that adults get between 6 and 8 hours sleep every night.  Lack of sleep can often impact on your mood, memory, performance and health, and it can also have implications for your metabolism and weight.  In fact, lack of sleep can affect how your body stores carbohydrates and it can also affect the hormones that influence your appetite.  Our recent “LinwoodsD Light” study found that almost 1/3 of adults feel sluggish in the morning.  Get a good night’s sleep and start every day the right way this year.

5. Embrace seeds in 2014:
Here at Linwoods we’re crazy about seeds, and for good reason.  Seeds can provide your body with so many important health benefits and one thing you should look to add to your diet in 2014 is seeds.  Our range of flaxseeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds are packed with goodness for your body providing things like vitamin D, omega 3, protein and fibre to your body.  Add a sprinkle of seeds to your breakfast, lunch or dinner every day and reap the rewards of adding the natural goodness of seeds to your body.

To view our full range of seeds and kick start the new you for 2014, visit our product page.  To help you take that first small step in 2014, we are giving away 2 sample packs, a recipe book and free delivery with every online order made in January.  So what are you waiting for; take your first step today to a fitter, healthier you in 2014 by adding some seeds to your diet.

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