It’s Halloween! However no need to be scared as here at Podfit with have provided you with some tricks you can follow to help you in improving you’re lifestyle and health. In addition to this we have suggested some alternative sweet treats to satisfy those cravings.
Get enough sleep
The importance of getting enough quality sleep can not be overstated. It may be just as important as diet and exercise, if not more. Poor sleep can drive insulin resistance, throw your appetite hormones out of whack and reduce your physical and mental performance. A trick you can use for this one is to set yourself a sleep routine. Be decisive, set a structure for your evening. An example may be:
8pm: Have a hot bath
9pm: Turn off/Put down electrical items such as mobile phones
10pm: Go to bed with a camomile tea and read for 30-45mins
Lifting weights is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your body and improve your body composition. It also leads to massive improvements in metabolic health, including improved insulin sensitivity (think fat loss). The best approach is to go to a gym and lift weights, but doing body weight exercises can be just as effective. A trick for this is to complete a home workout every day. These home workouts can be short and simple and do not even require equipment. If you would like some inspiration check out our youtube channel for some home workouts:
Don’t go on a diet
Diets are notoriously ineffective, and rarely work well in the long term. Instead of going on a diet, try adopting a healthier lifestyle. Focus on nourishing your body, instead of depriving it. Weight loss should follow as a natural side effect of better food choices and improved metabolic health. A trick for this would be to record your food using my fitness pal. Here you can see the breakdown of exactly what you are putting into your body and make the appropriate changes.
This one sounds very simple but if you are aiming to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle you need to move and exercise. Now this can be as simple as walking or cycling to work rather than driving, taking the stairs instead of using a lift and even moving your alarm clock out of arms reach so you have to move and get up to switch it off. A trick for this is to use fitness app or exercise watch to record your exercise or steps walked in a day. You should then set yourself a goal or target to reach each day and strive to achieve this.
Not any old chocolate bar will send you to healthful heaven. But dark chocolate (think more than 70 percent cacao), which lacks all the added fat and sugar of classic milk chocolate, can actually be a healthy treat in moderation. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can even help regulate levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Can’t get more simple than this. Any piece of fresh fruit should offer enough natural sugar to fill those cravings. Plus, it’s definitely the healthiest choice and you get added nutrients and fiber!
These are a Greatist HQ staple. Kind bars come in a ton of awesome slightly-sweet flavors (including a few drizzled in chocolate — yum) perfect for sweet tooth snacking. Plus, you get a dose of omega 3s and protein. Go for a full-sized bar if your stomach’s grumbling, or opt for a “mini” if hunger pangs haven’t quite set in. We are now selling these bars right here in the studio!
Pop a vine in the freezer for a few hours and out comes a long-lasting, slightly sweet treat packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. The biggest health boost? Resveratrol, which studies suggest may help lower levels of LDL cholesterol and promote blood vessel health.
Flavored Greek Yogurt
Typically, we opt for plain yogurt with our own tailored flavourings to cut back on sugar. However, if you’re looking to indulge a bit in the first place, a small cup of flavoured Greek yogurt is a great option. Even though it has some sugar, it also offers a good amount of protein and will keep you full until that next meal.
It’s easy to find an easy, healthy smoothie recipe for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. In fact, here are 54 healthy smoothie recipes sweet enough to fill any of those cravings.