No. 6 - Beige Suits No One

 
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Beige does us absolutely no favours. Beige food tends to be devoid of much nutritional value - think biscuits, pastry, white pasta, white bread.

I used to think I was the epitome of chic wearing 'camel' aka beige until I realised it made me look washed out. Same thing happens when we eat beige. Instead go for colour, crunch, variety and vibrancy in your food 🌱πŸ₯‘πŸŽπŸ†and you'll glow from the inside out. If you're one of those lucky golden skinned people who suit camel, rock it ✌

No. 5 - Sugar Servings: 6 Is The Number

 
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6 is the number. 

I'm often banging on about the fact that sugar isn't the benign sweet little treat we're often led to believe. Too much sugar impacts our energy levels, skin (yes, sugar impacts our skin) as well as our waistline. 
When I give talks on this topic, one of the things I ask people to do is check food + drink labels.

On the nutritional label, there's a line that says 'carbohydrates, of which sugar'. We want that number to be less than 6g per 100g or 100ml to help avoid sugar spikes.

Next time you're in the supermarket, check a few labels. Especially on 'healthy' things like breakfast cereals, muesli bars and flavoured yogurts. Often there's a shed load more sugar in them than you might think. If there's loads more than 6g per 100g then give it a miss and swap for something with less of the added sweet stuff.

No. 4 - Coffee: Quality Over Quantity

 
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I know it's tempting to slam into the morning with a give-me-caffeine-NOW head on. May I propose a smidge of moderation? 

Make it about quality not quantity.

One or two coffees a day can be a good thing (if you're not super sensitive to it).
Enjoy the ritual, the smell, the taste, the trip to the coffee-shop if that's your thing. For one of my clients, it's a welcome break away from her office. 
Embrace that break.

And in-between drink plenty of water πŸ’§and non-caffeinated drinks.

No. 3 - Alcohol Creates Dullness

 
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Brilliant brain power // I often speak about brain power, clarity of thinking and how to get amazing energy.

I'm a big believer in the 80/20 rule and Glorious Wellness is about food that nourishes AND giving yourself flex to enjoy cake, chocolate, wine or whatever floats your boat to balance things out.

I love a glass of champagne and knowing that there will be many opportunities for 🍾 over the festive period, I decided not to drink any alcohol for a month as a way to recalibrate before silly season.

Alcohol impacts sleep, energy and takes the edge off our mental 'sharpness'. It also affects our skin. After 30 days without alcohol, my skin's the clearest and most glowing it's been for ages. You can read more about my experience here here.

What's been your experience of going alcohol-free? 

No. 2 - No Caffeine After 2:00PM

 
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I coach many a high-flyer who's wired on caffeine. And usually sugar too πŸ™ˆ. Some of them admit to enjoying the buzz. Others know that it's making them tired with the highs and lows.

One guideline we put in place to help scale back on the caffeine roller-coaster AND to help them sleep better is no caffeine after 2pm. So that means no coffee, tea, green tea, energy drinks or colas. Instead, we bring in more H20 and naturally caffeine-free teas like peppermint, rooibos (my fave) or ginger.

Caffeine stays in our system for hours after we've consumed it and can affect our ability to wind down. Keeping caffeine as a morning thing or maybe having your last caffeinated drink straight after lunch can help keep it in check.