Thursday, 3 January 2019

Veganuary with Indigo Herbs



After an indulgent festive period it's time to think of getting into shape, stick to the New Years resolutions and follow a healthy eating programme. I have created a plan for my self that I am going to try and follow, not just for January but throughout the year.

The plan is:

  • To eat healthy
  • To exercise
  • Maintain a good work/life balance
  • Sleep well
  • Reduce time on social media and spend more time outdoors
  • Spend time with family.
  • To slow down and enjoy life(I am very hyperactive)
My main focus is to eat healthy and exercise more.I have always been a vegetarian but on this blog I do share vegan recipes too. During the month of January my aim is to support #veganuary and post more vegan recipes on the blog. Being Vegan is not really difficult as most ingredients can be substituted with plant based products, such as nut milks, nut butters, vegan cheese too.

I particularly like the range of the raw seed and nut butters that are available form Indigo herbs. I always keep a supply of them in my pantry together with their organic dried fruits and fruit powders.


I love using the nut butters in my smoothies, in baking, making truffles and also just dolloped on my oats or porridge in the morning. My favorite morning routine is overnight oats with berries and almond milk with a generous dollop of almond butter in it. It really is a delicious breakfast to kick start the day. 


I also like making my chocolate oat shake with cacao, banana and indigo peanut butter. My family call it snickers smoothie. It really is absolutely delicious.

For lunch the black sesame seed tahini in a wrap with roasted peppers is absolutely delicious too.

You don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy these nut and seed butters but if you planning on doing #veganuary they would be perfect to include in your diet. Do check out Indigo Herbs recipe ideas here.


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232 comments:

  1. eat more fruit and veg and try to exercise

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  2. fab giveaway

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  3. I try to think before I buy any food at the supermarket to make sure it is healthy and unprocessed.

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  4. Instead of trying to take a huge dietary leap, try incorporating small, but meaningful changes to the daily diet, for example using healthier substitutes

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  5. more exercise, drink more water, eat healthier and cycle more

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  6. Don’t join the gym unless you actually enjoy it. Exercise is important but take up something that you will not just do for January. Choose something that you will do long term, whether that be a team sport, dancing, walking the dog more - anything that keeps you moving and inspires you.

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  7. Set yourself a realistic target that is achievable rather than set yourself up for failure and disappointment

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  8. Firstly, cut out the snacking.

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  9. Don't be over ambitious with your fitness goals build up gradually.

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  10. Cut down on sugar and get active.

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  11. don't use the weather as an excuse not to get out for exercise/walks - there's no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing choices!

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  12. Choose unusual time slots for your exercise routines, so you don't get put off working out by all the annoying New Year's Resolution people who pile in at the obvious times and then quit again by mid-February.

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  13. More sleep, water & better food choices

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  14. To set yourself up for some realistic dietary eating plans.I know of people that go for the extreme diet only to not be able to maintain it when they get bored or go back to the way they were when they reach the weight via the wrong way and finish their diet.Eat smaller portions of the food that you like,Make some swaps for healthier alternatives on the more unhealhy foods.Exercise more in a fun way that you enjoy.

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  15. Just eat healthily and exercice - and not just during January!

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  16. Clifford Sherwood4 January 2019 at 06:20

    In my case its simply eat less

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  17. I can't suggest anything better than Veganuary but it is always worth trying to cook from scratch. Start with something really quick and easy like soup.

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  18. Start fresh, once the Christmas food is gone buy only fresh, healthy food and make sure to get plenty of exercise

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  19. Eat healthy fresh unprocessed foods and get some exercise

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  20. Totally eliminate sugar from your diet.

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  21. Dry January can always lead to a shunning of alcohol totally! xx

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  22. I like to get myself organised in January! I plan holidays to look forward to throughout the year, I love meal planning and going through my recipe books and Pinterest page, I practice mndfullness and spend as much time as I can with my grandchildren

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  23. Go vegan! It's the best possible advice I can give, I am vegan and it's done wonders for my health and wellbeing

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  24. Plenty of exercise, walking the dog, or joining the gym! Also preparing meals for each day of the week, so you can enjoy a healthy family dinner or a nutritious and filling breakfast to start the day.

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  25. Eat less chocolate & exercise more!

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  26. A good balance between exercise and relaxation.

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  27. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables

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  28. Be kind to yourself. Eat more veg, move around more and get out in the fresh air whenever you can.

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  29. eat plenty so you don't feel deprived and then start bingeing. just be sure that you eat healthy whole foods.

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  30. Cut down on alcohol and processed food

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  31. A mixture of eating healthy, plenty of veg and gentle exercise

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  32. Drink plenty of water, rest well and eat well xx

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  33. one day at a time, drink more water, cut down on the treats, and get outside exercising

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  34. Take each day as a new day & don’t be to hard on yourself If you have a slip up. Continue the next day as if it was the start of your journey & eventually it will become easier.

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  35. Take it easy :) don't rush and don't judge yourself too much x

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  36. Drink lots of water, sleep well and go for a walk outside as often as you can!

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  37. Start off slow a steady and then it won't seem so much a chore .

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  38. drink lots and lots of water! :)

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  39. I always like to go out for a REALLY long walk to blow the cobwebs away.

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  40. Don’t join the gym unless you actually enjoy it. Exercise is important but take up something that you will not just do for January. Choose something that you will do long term, whether that be a team sport, dancing, walking the dog more -anything that keeps you moving and inspires you (Choose exercise YOU LOVE!!)

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  41. Block out all blue light at night

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  42. Devise a healthy living plan that starts small and can be built on (e.g. exercise twice a week not every day, cut out one of your monthly takeaways, not them all). Don't set yourself unrealistic expectations that see you give it all up in a couple of weeks.

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  43. it`s still winter: stay well wrapped up and get plenty of warm food down you!

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  44. Make small, sustainable changes instead of trying to do everything all at once.

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  45. A return to healthy and balanced moderation in your eating rather than a faddish starvation diet which you won't stick to

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  46. Drink lots of water and everything in moderation

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  47. Take a shopping list with you to the supermarket and stick to it, that you way you are not tempted by unnecessary food

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  48. Get outdoors, and do what exercise you enjoy, walking, running, cycling, and eat healthy to feel healthy!

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  49. I'm doing the Veganuary and eating more fruit and veg

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  50. Don't cut out food you enjoy, just be mindful about balance

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  51. Quite simple - THINK about what o actually eat drink and do - will make a big difference

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  52. A healthier balanced diet and daily exercise of some kind.

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  53. Walk as much as you can. I so conscious of this having a desk job. Even in the winter, a walk to the shops rather than drive is my preference if possible.

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  54. Exercise more, generally our diets aren't as bad as the press make out, but a little bit of exercise can make a big difference

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  55. Cut down on sugar, drink plenty of water and get plenty of exercise.

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  56. drink more water and get out for some long walks

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  57. Cut out snacks and keep active

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  58. Simply planning - meal plan for the week, don't keep snacks in the house so you can't eat unhealthy foods and try to walk more, even if its just walking to the shop up the road instead of going in the car

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  59. your mind has to be in it doesn't have to start 1st jan could be the 12th its when your ready

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  60. Just to get outside and walk as much as you can - it will really make you feel good!

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  61. Drink plenty and get outdoors

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  62. Keep moving and eat fruit and veg of as many different colours as you can!

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  63. Less meat, more vegetables!

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  64. I try to cut out sweets and chocolates, and to get outdoors more

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  65. Eat, drink and sleep well but don't fret about it, relax!

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  66. Don't expect instant results. Slow and steady is best.

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  67. I think my advice is to find out exactly what you eat, what benefits the food gives you and to make sure you get at least a 20 minute walk a day to not only get those needed steps in, but to also get some vitamin D and boast your endophin levels.

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  68. Drink more water to keep hydrated.

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  69. being vegan has honestly transformed my health so much. It forces you to eat more fruit and veg!

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  70. Learn more recipes, variety is the spice of life :)

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  71. Try to eat healthily, get more sleep and take more exercise

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  72. Keep your windows open (with your heating off) as much as you can bear to; fresh air can really help reduce seasonal depression.

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  73. Find an exercise you love, that way, you'll stick at it. I also keep a 2 litre bottle of water on my desk when I'm in the office to keep reminding myself to drink plenty. I also prep meals in advance and love soups in the winter as I can pack them out with loads of vegetables.

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  74. It's the little things that can really add up - take the stairs instead of the lift, do a few squats while waiting for the kettle to boil, swap that hot chocolate for a refreshing herbal tea.

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  75. Eat less processed foods

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  76. Take the sweets to work and leave them there @leabana1 leanne w

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  77. Have lots of fruit and veg in the house, rather than chocolate and naughty food!

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  78. I like to plan meals for a healthy January.

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  79. I like to plan our meals for a healthy January.

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  80. Plenty of long walks and healthy food

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  81. I think it's balance - it's so hard to go from not exercising and eating junk so cold turkey well it is for me! ensure you have one cheat day

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  82. dont follow "trends" do whats right for you ands set realistic goals

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  83. Don't set yourself unrealistic goals, you'll only end up failing and will feel worse than you did when you started!

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  84. introduce as much seasonal fruit and vegetables into all meals

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  85. Cook your own fresh food and drink lots of water and get out into the fresh air

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  86. Drink plenty of water, get a lot of early nights and eat sensibly.

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  87. My advice is moderation! Don't try and cut absolutely everything "bad" out because you'll fail miserably. Much better to be successful and not quite as "optimal" than fall off the wagon completely - and then you can gradually make the next step.

    I would also say consciously add one extra portion of fruit and veg to your diet every day - really easy to do and very beneficial.

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  88. Drink lots of water, when snacking choose healthier options and try to exercise x

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  89. Be focused and strong willed. Drink plenty of water, eat well and train hard.

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  90. Eat lots of fruit and veggies and get out each day for some fresh air.

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  91. Meal plan healthy meals, drink lots of water and exercise even gently

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  92. Try to eat more fruit and vegetables rather than less healthy things

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  93. Plan your meals in advance and drink plenty of water

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  94. Drink more water and less coffee which dehydrates you!

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  95. Be kind to yourself and make one small change at a time until it becomes a habit

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  96. keep walking.... keep drinking ....... WATER!

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  97. My advice is drink lots of water instead of drinking fizzy juice

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  98. Lose 5 pounds in weight, you will feel healthier.

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  99. Go for walks in the fresh air, drink more water and cut down the treats but still have some now and again

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  100. Wrap up warm and get walking, find meals that healthy, but also nourishing.

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  101. For a healthy January put off making any resolutions until the warmer weather when you are more likely to stick to them!

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  102. Never under estimate the power of walking - even a small walk round the block will aide your body as well as your mental health

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  103. A homemade vegetables soup a couple of times a week is healthy, cheap and comforting.

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  104. Be realistic - don't do too much too soon. Just make small changes that will soon add up!

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  105. drink lots of water and snack on fruit

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  106. drink more water than you thought you could

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  107. Donate any spare food to a homeless shelter

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  108. Eating more fruit and veg & exercise more

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  109. Keep focused on the good things not what you are denying yourself.

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  110. Everything in moderation

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  111. I start in Feburary!! We eat down all our stocks of naughty things, start to move more, make plans then come pay day and first of Feb BOOM.

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  112. I love nut butters - great with fruit as a snack.

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  113. I try to avoid alcohol - it always makes me eat more!

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  114. I always have lemons in my fridge and have a jug of boiling water on lemon slices that I drink especially in winter time. I'm rarely ill and bugs and viruses seem to pass me by when others are falling ill.

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  115. To me its not just about the food and that means not jumping in the car for short journeys, walk walk walk!

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  116. Drink water and chew your food more and move more

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  117. All those Christmas goodies/chocolates don't need to be eaten by the first 2 weeks of January! have a ready supply of healthy snacks and keep those goodies for an occasional treat.

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  118. Cut down on my fat and sugar intake

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  119. Get fitter, eat healthier, cut the alcohol

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  120. Start drinking more water....

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  121. I am cutting back on alcohol and takeaways which will also save money and trying to plan meals and eat healthier

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  122. Use a nutribullet to pack some raw greens into your diet every day.

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  123. Dont keep snacks in the house and keep active

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  124. Don't go mad cutting everything out - just increase the good stuff!

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  125. Cook more at home and less pre made meals

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  126. don't eat all the sweets and chocolate that is left over from Christmas

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  127. instead of reaching for unhealthy snacks try a low fat yoghurt or a smoothie made from scratch or some fruit even

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  128. A nice brisk walk every day 💜💜💜

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  129. Give your sleep priority and get at least 7 hours a night

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  130. Get out and about and get some exercise in the fresh air

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  131. Drink more water and walk more instead of driving.

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  132. It's important to think of what 'health' means to you. Maybe go for a walk a couple of times a week, or get in the kitchen and try cooking from fresh ingredients. Be kinder to yourself, ignore the fad diets and have a happy, healthy January.

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  133. Don't let winter weather stop you from getting fresh air and exercise, just wrap up - there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing!

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  134. overview your diet and exercise, and get plenty of frsh air x

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  135. eat my five a day, and try to up my intake of water

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  136. don't do what my natural inclination is and try and change everything at once. Believe me, swearing that no sugar or alcohol will touch my lips, I shall only think positive thoughts and will run a marathon every day for the rest of my life doesn't work. One thing at a time...

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  137. get organised with the meal prep! x

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  138. Replace all the crisps and biscuits with fruit

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  139. cut out alcohol and fatty foods eat clean

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  140. Cut down on sugar and alcohol and drink more water.

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  141. I'm drinking gallons more water. Not only is it good for you but it fills your stomach so you're not hungry all the time.

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  142. Try group exercise classes! they really keep you going

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  143. Half the amount of carbs and double the amount of veg on each plate

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  144. Small steps so you don't give it up like drink more water

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  145. Go for walks instead of eating lunch at desk

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  146. Something you can do better and healthier than dry January and veganuary.
    I'm trying cut back on the alcohol andcdri k more water

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  147. Something you can do better and healthier than dry January and veganuary.
    I'm trying cut back on the alcohol and drin k more water

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  148. drinking more water and watching what I eat!

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  149. kayleigh Robinson15 January 2019 at 14:30

    Give dry January a try! I do it every year and definitely feel healthier for it after a month!

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  150. Taking part in DryJanuary - Bit of a Detox set amount of water to drink each day walk & trying meat free Vegan days

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  151. Lots of healthy smoothies and some extra long dog walking....

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  152. My advice for a healthy January is to eat more vegetables and less sugar.

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  153. Eat all the Christmas chocolate and goodies before January 1st! or give them away so not tempted

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  154. No sugar, become vegan and always have a positive outlook!

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  155. To cook healthier family meals x

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  156. My advice is to get a slow cooker and a good book of recipes, or join a slow cooker specific facebook page. Mine makes it so easy to make healthy, veg filled recipes that are ready when I get in from work
    and don't want to cook

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  157. Plan meals and make a list before shopping. Drink lots of water and hide the Christmas sweets away xx

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  158. I need to drink more water. . I don't drink tea or coffee only juice but the sugar content is a concern.

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  159. Exercise a little more, drink more water and try to eat healthier

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  160. Remove inflammatory food from your diet

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  161. Eat more vegetables and less chocolate.

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  162. I already doing my fitness and health journey been doing it for 2 years now. so I would say stick to things that are going to work for you.

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  163. i need to eat better my stomach problems are unbearable

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  164. Eat lots of different coloured vegetables - that way you'll eat a wide range of vitamins and minerals. We are what we eat!

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  165. Move more to keep warm and fit an to help you lose any extra pounds you gained over Christmas

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  166. Eat well, exercise and try to get out in the fresh air

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  167. Make changes that are realistic for you don't try to meet some one else expectations

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  168. Walk more, eat less, sleep well

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  169. Try and cook everything from scratch and drink lots and lots of water

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  170. Drink more water, eat my 5 a day and take more exercise.

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  171. To drink lots of water and enjoy a daily brisk walk

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  172. Put on your trainers and get out the door!

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  173. it's busy, but find the time to cook proper and healthy.

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  174. Try and stick to any resolutions you made. Exercise as much as you have time for.

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  175. Eat well, drink lots of water, decaffeinate and avoid alcohol! (Jacqui Rushton)

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  176. Eat more than your 5 a day and drink plenty of water!

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  177. Eat more vegetables.

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  178. Drink more water and eat less processed foods

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  179. Don't go mad, just make a small change and stick to it!

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