Guest Author Eve from Eve Organics is back, and today she is sharing some of the ways she is staying healthy & saving money in the New Year! If you'd like to see more from Eve and other guest authors, you can find those posts here.

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  1. I’m getting to bed earlier

Honestly, I think this is one of the number one things we can do to improve our inner and outer beauty. A lack of sleep shows on the face almost immediately; and it can also affect our moods, our concentration and obviously our productivity. If there’s one thing that’s always worth working on in terms of new year’s resolutions, it’s your sleep patterns. To get you started, here are a few tricks to getting more sleep:

  • Eat dinner earlier. This frees up more time after dinner, so you don’t feel like you need to stay up late to get your daily dose of relaxation/Netflix time in.
  • Prepare your day the night before. This means setting out your clothes, making your breakfast ahead of time (more on that next!), and freeing up more time for sleep in the morning before the alarm needs to go off.
  • Have a cup of herbal tea before bed. Herbs like chamomile, lavender and valerian can all be helpful if you have trouble falling asleep, or ‘turning your mind off’. (Seek a doctor or nutritionist’s advice to make sure these herbs won’t interfere with any allergies or other supplements you might be taking.)

  1. I’m preparing a healthy breakfast the night before

I LOVE overnight oats (more than normal, warmed-up oats actually!). They’re quick (about one minute to prepare), easy, and so tasty – and you can add whatever you want. I make mine with ½ cup of rolled oats, ½ teaspoon of chia seeds, a sprinkling of sunflower/pumpkin/hemp seeds and half a teaspoon of maple syrup. Then I add ½ of milk, stir it all up and leave it in the fridge overnight. In the morning I wake up and top it with whatever fruit I have around (blueberries, strawberries, banana) and munch away. Nom.

BUT, if you’re not an overnight oats fan, there are still things you can do the night before to make your morning easier. For example, prepare an omelette – beat 2 eggs with 1/3 cup of milk then add salt, pepper and some grated cheese – and leave it in the fridge ready to fry the next morning.

  1. I’m following an ‘every second day’ rule for exercise

I work out fairly regularly – usually three times a week. But some weeks when I have a lot on or I’m not organised enough to check out my class times and make sure I fit them in, this drops to twice a week – or even once a week if I’m really busy. To make sure that can’t happen, I’ve started following an ‘every second day’ policy. Did I exercise yesterday? No? Then I’ll exercise today. This system also makes it really easy to plan at the start of each week – I check out the exercise class/yoga timetables and I can see how to make the week work for me – I’ll do Monday, Wednesday, Friday, for example – then go for a bike ride on Sunday.

  1. I’m making sure I have herbal tea, coffee & sweetener within reach during my work-day.

I love a good café latte – but the café coffee experience is expensive. A coffee every day equates to over $30 a week, or $120 a month – money that could be so much better spent elsewhere. Instead, I’ve started keeping herbal tea bags (much healthier!) and organic ground coffee in the office – so I can reach for a hot drink any time I like. It’s less wastage, much less money spent, and equally satisfying. Of course, I still like the occasional walk to the coffee shop – and I do this now around twice a week.

Small changes add up fast – and it doesn’t take long before you’ll be feeling better about your daily habits – making them easier and easier to stick with. What small changes are you making this January?

Kelsey xx
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