I returned from my recent trip to the Mayr and More Health Centre in Austria fired with enthusiasm for leading a healthier life. Not that my lifestyle pre my visit to Austria was insanely unhealthy but I felt there was room for improvement.
I know from experience that I am living in cloud-cuckoo-land when I launch headlong into trying to change many things at once, and that some of them inevitability end up falling, like tumbling autumn leaves, by the wayside. So, it was best to concentrate on a few minor changes. I could, for example: eat more fruit and vegetables; drink more water; and cut back on my caffeine intake. How did I fare?
I have done well on the eating more fruit and vegetable front. Admittedly there was great potential to best my far from stellar intake. I find reaching the recommended five portions a day challenging but much easier on the days when I have one or more of those portions for breakfast. Two current breakfast favourites are avocado on toast topped with sun-dried tomatoes and granola with berries.
When I was staying at the Mayr and More I drank around three litres of water every day. I felt I could easily fail if I tried to down that oceanic quantity on a day-to-day basis when I returned home. I don’t know what the optimum daily intake is but one litre sounded like a manageable amount so I decided to aim for that and so far I have kept on track . It helped that I bought an IKEA litre glass bottle to measure the water into each day so I knew how I was doing. And that I remembered a tip which suggests leaving a glass of water on your bedside table at night so that you start to drink water first thing
Cutting back on my caffeine intake hasn’t been a success. I did try! I have now decided not to grapple, like a tormented grizzly bear, with my coffee habit but instead to make peace with it and enjoy the two cups I drink most days. I am consoling myself with the information that recent research has shown that a moderate amount of coffee may actually be good for you – click here to read a recent New York Times article on some of coffee’s health benefits.
Making two small changes doesn’t put me in the gold medal let alone the bronze star category when it comes to a healthy lifestyle but I am happy that drinking water and eating more fruit and veg are now habits woven into my daily routine. Tiny steps, but hopefully something to build on.