Here are my favourite tips for boosting your sparkle, pronto!
Yes, it’s that important, angel-face. Heavenly hydration is your fastest ticket to glowing skin, clearer thoughts, and more energy. It can also help ease suffering from cravings, excess weight, headaches, nausea, poor sleep, and skin irritations.
Keep a pretty glass or bottle on your desk and refill it often. Plain water is best (preferably high-quality filtered) but if you get bored, try experimenting with creating your own (sugar-free) iced teas, or adding fresh fruit slices, mint, or a squeeze of lemon juice. Vegetable soup, fresh juice, and herbal tea all count too!
2. Steer clear of processed foods
Artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours, thickeners and preservatives (‘E’ numbers), refined sugar, corn syrup, MSG, and trans fats can all wreak havoc on your health and happiness.
Become a Food Detective and read the labels of everything you intend to eat. If it contains anything artificial or ingredients you can’t pronounce, it might be better left on the shelf and out of your bod.
3. Eat more plants
The more you munch on whole foods and pure, natural ingredients, the more sparkly you’ll feel. Stock up on plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and focus on ‘eating the rainbow’ to absorb the greatest range of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.
Show your pantry some love too by filling it with healthy staples like herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, brown rice, and quinoa.
4. Cultivate positivity
True nourishment is not just about what we put in our mouths but also the endless stream of thoughts we feed ourselves every day. What stories does your inner chatterbox feed you, beautiful? Stop and listen. Pay attention for a whole day.
Negative thoughts can be just as toxic to the body as junk food. What’s worse is that they usually have nothing to do with reality, and are instead just a mixture of fear, ego, and stories from our past. If they don’t serve you, gorgeous, why hold on to them? Let ’em go.
5. Hit the hay
Getting enough sleep is vital for a healthy mind and body. If you often have trouble sleeping, try creating a relaxing night-time ritual. Switch off your TV, phone and computer, and stretch, meditate, or try some deep breathing exercises.
Make your bedroom a haven of serenity with fresh sheets, comfy pillows, soft lighting and a lack of clutter.
6. Shake what your Mumma gave ya’
Finding movement you love doesn’t have to involve a gym, if that doesn’t inspire you. There are so many movement options out there – you just need to find one you enjoy.
Round up a friend and try lots of different activities until you find something you love. Think: yoga, boxing, pilates, Zumba, trampolining, rock climbing, running, team sports, CrossFit, hiking, athletics, dancing, roller skating, sailing, surfing, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, – even mountain climbing! Make it a fun adventure.