Welcome to this month’s ramble, where I take a break from bombarding you with nutrition advice and recipes and instead gush about what’s helping keep me sane as the month flies by and we head into summer! Boy am I, one happy human, now that spring has hit… there’s something nice about knowing the days are only going to keep getting warmer and lighter as we move forward. It also makes getting up for that morning gym class, run or walk so much easier.
Soo what am I digging this month?
Reading, Reading, Reading…
For the last two weeks, I’ve been consistently making the effort to reduce my screen time before bed and trying to read for at least twenty minutes before bed. Obviously, when life gets in the way, you have to finish that assignment or one more episode of that Netflix series is calling your name this won’t always be possible. However, I’ve found by taking twenty minutes (minimum) just to chill before bed with a good book away from my phone and laptop has made such a huge difference to how I sleep. Why not give it a go? If you’re like me you’ll like find it takes less time for you to fall asleep and you’ll be more likely to hit that golden 8-9hrs goal. I’m currently reading Dr. Libby’s ‘What am I supposed to eat?’ and Paula Hawkins ‘Into the Water’. Both are excellent. Although the Dr.Libby book is nutrition focussed and not typically what you’d choose to relax to, the way Libby writes is light, engaging and informative -a perfect bedtime read (I may be rather biased as I’ve been a fan of hers for years). My favourite quote from the book so far is the opening sentence “There is no one way for every human on the planet to eat, despite that holy grail having been searched for, for aeons”. I couldn’t agree more. Do you have any book recommendations? I’d love to hear them.
Learning to love running…
Anyone who knows me will know what a struggle this is. I am not a naturally born runner and running definitely isn’t something that comes easily to me. I’ve only ever run 10km once in my entire lifetime and each step was a mission. However, I wanted to challenge myself at the start of the year to incorporate running into my exercise regime as a way to improve my cardiovascular fitness as well as having an excuse to get outside and experience some nature too. So far it’s been a struggle, the greatest challenge has been starting. To overcome this one of my friends explained how I needed to realise thinking I wasn’t a runner or couldn’t run further than 3km, simply was “all in my head”. Yeah right, like that makes it any easier, but I have found the first 3km are always the hardest. I’m now managing a few 5km runs with one longer 8km run per week -being forced to run while in Tauranga has been a blessing in disguise as I haven’t been able to cave and hit the gym instead. The Nike+Run Club app has been awesome for tracking runs and it keeps you updated with the time, distance and pace during your run -well worth the download! I’m hoping to up my pace and distance in the next few weeks and run my best 12km in the Auckland Marathon 12km Traverse…. it may not be a marathon or a half but I’m sure it’ll feel like one!
Herbal Tea…. Saying No to Coffee.
After spending the last four weeks getting back into having a coffee a day, I’m trying to reduce my coffee consumption as I’m unfortunately one of those people it just doesn’t seem to suit (getting post coffee jitters and a headache kinda defeats the purpose of drinking it right?). Herbal tea is a great alternative, tastes freaking delicious and there are so many different flavours there really is something to suit everyone. My current favourites include green tea with jasmine, green tea with a slice of ginger, liquorice (don’t knock it until you try it), camomile & passionflower (before bed), rooibos (classic Zimbabwe childhood fave) & chai. Green tea contains about a quarter’s worth of the caffeine found in coffee (so not enough to make you get the jitters) as well as a range of antioxidants so you’re winning there. If you’re struggling to sleep at night maybe try ditching that 3pm coffee for a caffeine free herbal & see how you get on, stay tuned for a sleep blog heading your way very soon. Do you have any faves? I’m always on the hunt for new flavours.
Cheers for reading this very long ramble, I hope you enjoyed it. I’m super excited to be heading back to Auckland, getting back into the gym, daylight savings and catching up with friends I haven’t seen in forever.