Beauty Cheat Sheet

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a girl healthy, wealthy and hot

We all have bad habits when it comes to our health and beauty regime, we all know what we should be doing, but it’s far easier to smoke that pack of cigarettes, drink that 4th Cosmopolitan, go to bed with your make up on and ditch your morning run than stick to a routine. Who among us hasn’t made umpteen New Year’s resolutions, and failed on the first day (surely that’s not just me?).

You need to find a routine that suits you and isn’t too stringent, otherwise your going to chuck the whole thing. Here are a few tips that could help you stay looking younger, more vibrant and feeling healthier.

Keep away from the chocolate trolley, keep fruit or nuts on your desk to help stave off those mid afternoon munchies.

You can get a wide range of nuts, seeds and dried fruits that can replace naughty crisp cravings and keep you fuller for longer.

Cereal bars are handy, easy to pop in your handbag and you can trick yourself into thinking your scoffing a choccie bar.

Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, its not as difficult as you might think. Juice, tinned and dried fruit count towards it. When serving your plate put on an equal amount of veg and carbs. You will still feel full but will also be eating healthier.

You don’t need seconds, even though most of us have been brought up to believe throwing food away is a waste, so is eating things you really don’t need. Make smaller dinners or order from the lighter menu.

If you’re going out after work for drinks, have something to eat first. Once you’ve had a couple drinks you will immediately want bar snacks that are laden with fat and calories and very little in the way of nutrition.

Try to drink at least one glass of water or non alcoholic drink for each alcoholic one. Most bars serve a nice range of juices or virgin cocktails. Remember women are only supposed to have between 2 and three units a day.

When it comes to that cheeky fag, the one you wouldn’t normally have but your being sociable, try to imagine your top lip as it would look if you became a smoker, yes that’s it, wrinkled and old. Should put you off a bit!

Climbing into bed, keep make up remover wipes that contain moisturiser next to your bed so you can at least have a quick cleanse, it’s definitely better than nothing. On the subject of moisturiser, find one that suits you and keep one at home, one in your handbag and one in your desk drawer, make sure its has an SPF content, even in the winter months.

When you alarm goes off for your yoga class/run/morning swim do heed its call, you will feel much better for it and your mood will be lifted as well. Regular exercise really does make you feel a million dollars.

Find a form of exercise that you really enjoy, it’s much easier to stick to. Try new things, climbing, spinning classes, rowing, horse riding, jazzercise… anything that you have fun doing and still keeping yourself in shape. You could even try some pole dancing lessons with a group of mates, it really does tone you up, but make sure you keep the day job.

Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so look after yourself in the little ways now. If you fail a few times don’t stop altogether, once you get into healthy eating and exercise habits it will become second nature.

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