Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Healthy lifestyle

Since I have a few English-speaking followers and they’ve asked me when I was going to write something in English… here I am my dear followers ;-)
This blogpost is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. I’m not a health freak, on the contrary! Don’t get me wrong I try to live a healthy lifestyle which means I eat healthy, I try to stay in shape and I take good care of myself. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like a good glass of wine or some chocolate! I’m addicted to chocolate, people who know me well will confirm that.
All I’m saying is that it’s important to find a good balance as far as your lifestyle is concerned. Trying to set me on a diet, won’t work for me. As you might know me or might not already know me, I’m half Greek. Which means that having my family over or going to Greece means eating well. Yep, I just love my big fat Greek holidays! ;-) What I’m trying to say by maintaining a ‘good balance’ is that you should know yourself and set some limits or habits. It’s important to listen to your body: you only have one so don’t ruin that! I will try to sum up some of my healthy habits:

-I know many of my friends that have newborns and small children will envy me for saying this but I try to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours every night. Zzzzz... (sorry, not sorry :-) )

-I try to drink lots of water during the day, at least 1 big bottle of water (and if I workout it’s more).

-I try to skip the soft drinks as much as possible. Funny as it is, I’ve been doing this for many years now and I don’t even miss soft drinks anymore. I must admit once in a while I like a good glass of Coca Cola with my spaghetti.

-Later on, I will sum up some of my favorite smoothies. They make sure that I take in my daily vitamins and dairy.

-Drinking tea, I’m 100% a tea lover! Tea has a relaxing effect on me. My morning routine consists of black tea with some honey and lemon juice. I’ve been trying out various brands and flavors lately.

-I try not to skip breakfast: home-made granola with yoghurt and a cup of tea.

-I TRY to work out a few times a week, depending on my schedule. Afterwards I feel so good and relaxed.

-Try to go to the sauna once in a while. Sweating it all out is so good for your body and mind.

-Go outside, get some fresh air and take in the beauty of nature. It are the simple things that make you realize how small we are.

-Buying fresh flowers makes me happy.

-Don’t forget to smile! :-)

Here are 3 of my favorite home made smoothies I’ve previously shared on Instagram. Smoothies make sure you take in all your daily essential vitamins, they give you more energy and they are good for your immune system.

From left to right:

Green smoothie: for the full recipe go to this link.
Briefly said, this smoothie consists of rucola, yoghurt, goji berries, lemon juice and honey. Perfect as a workout smoothie.

Mango and blackberry smoothie:
Peel 1 mango and cut it into pieces. Blend the pieces of mango with 150g of Greek yoghurt and add some blackberries. Mix this into 1 sweet smoothie. Perfect as afternoon craving.

Blood orange and cucumber smoothie:
Cut ¼ cucumber into pieces and add this to your blender together with 150g Greek yoghurt and the juice of 3 to 4 blood oranges. Mix this together en enjoy this detox smoothie.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and I look forward to reading some of your healthy habits?


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