Over the past couple of years, my health and lifestyle has dramatically changed. Although it wasn’t a dramatic overnight switch, I’ve slowly opened myself up to more readings on spirituality and wellbeing and if you follow me on Instagram @heatheribberson, then you’ve probably seen my stories where I showcase the books I’m reading, or some of my favourite food and drink spots. Although some things feel like an instant decision, such as when I instantly cut out meat and dairy products from my life overnight, I had been opening my self up to receive the information and research that resulted me in making that decision.
If you’re already engaging with healthy lifestyle content, then I’m sure that none of these practices will come as a surprise to you. The thing is with transitioning to a healthy lifestyle is that the steps and practices are easy to do… but they’re also easy not to do (which is why most people don’t do them). Rather, greatness in life comes from the practice of small daily habits that consistently build up over time to produce extraordinary results, that you could never have foreseen would come from such seemingly small and insignificant daily habits.
When I speak about ‘diet’, I’m not talking about fad diets or restricting calories, I’m simply just using it to explain my lifestyle choices. When I first heard of The Good Guru, I knew instantly that it was a brand that I connected with. It’s clear that they genuinely care about the health and wellbeing of their customers and want to spread a positive message: to encourage others to enjoy the benefits of a raw ingredients and alternate medicine. The team are so lovely and I’m so grateful to be working with them on this post as I feel their brand aligns deeply with my personal philosophies on my journey to become my best self.
- Yoga Practice
Yoga is such a great practice on so many levels. Besides it being a great way to clear your mind and connect to yourself more spiritually, it’s also a great workout! When I was in a flow of practicing yoga daily, I could see my body changing. Becoming toned and lean. When I practice Yoga, I feel myself becoming more grounded and connected to myself, less stressed and more focused on the day ahead. Combined with having a vegan diet, I feel more connected and grounded than ever.
Suggested Practice: 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene
- Meditation + Journalling
Again, these two aren’t easy to do in the beginning. The best advice I can give is to start with small, easy steps to complete. Such as, 5 minutes of meditation and filling just one page of a notebook with your thoughts in the morning. Wake up that half hour earlier, and give yourself the time to do this. I think most people tend to find that they turn to journalling when they are experiencing pain in their life. Getting all your thoughts out on paper can help to release trapped emotion from within and help take back control of the mind. Our mind is full of a thousand thoughts per day, so trying to distill and quiet the mind through practice in journalling and meditating enables positive emotions such as love and joy to flow through us.
I know a lot of people enjoy using apps such as Headspace to ease them into a guided meditation, and I like to make journal whilst having my morning coffee as to savour the moment. Find what works for you! But most importantly, do small steps daily and you’ll achieve great things over time.
Suggested Reading: The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
- Drink your greens!
I LOVE smoothies and juices. Admittedly, green smoothies aren’t always the tastiest choice of the bunch, but they are by far one of the best choices for your body! Mastering a good green drink recipe is trail and error, so I’ve found it best to follow a few recipes to begin with until you find a combination that works best for you. Recently, I’ve started adding extra superfood powders to my drinks to ensure that I’m getting the maximum nutritional benefits and ingredients that are not so easy to get elsewhere. The Good Greens powder from The Good Guru is full of enough minerals and vitamins to supply you with 1 of your 5 a day which is great! (plus its delicious)
The Beauty Smoothie Recipe I used here.
- Sweat it Out
Some days, I just get this urge to run or go workout. Especially when I’ve not done a proper, energising workout for a few days I feel a desire to let out some energy and steam. I find that HIT exercises such as running or doing repetitive movements with moderate weights can leave me feeling so energised and refreshed! Sometimes, exercising can be a great way of taking a break for me too. I don’t always exercise in the morning (although the benefits are amazing), but if you want to get a second wind of energy, then going in the late afternoon/evening can be a great way to break up your work flow and let off some steam from the day. If I feel like I’m lacking in a bit of energy mid-way through my day or I know that I have a busy day ahead, then taking a green tea capsule is also a great way to boost your energy and focus. Plus, it does also boost your metabolism resulting in healthy weight loss over time!
Having a protein smoothie before or after working out is vital to repair muscles and keep your body strong and energised. I struggled finding a good vegan protein shake for a long time as the majority on the market tend to be quite thick and powdery. After trying The Good Guru Vanilla Vegan Protein, I knew that I was on to something good! The team have especially worked hard to ensure that their protein tastes both smooth and delicious and use Pea Protein rather than Soya, so it’s a win win.
Suggested Protein: The Good Guru Vegan Protein
- Self Belief
This is certainly a big area of development for me and continues even now to be so. Having an unwavering belief in yourself and your abilities opens up so many doors and opportunities for you that are yours to take, if you take the chance. When I am confident and accepting of myself, I have the energy to go forth and complete the daily habits that take me towards my dreams. A big thing for me is not taking the opinions of other people personally, something that I’m gradually getting better and better all. All of the above steps: meditating, yoga, journalling, nutrition and exercising all help me to silence my inner critics and focus on what’s important.
Suggested Reading: The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Rui
If you’re interested in learning more about supplements and raw food diet, I’d highly recommend following @thehautepursuit on Instagram. Aside from Vanessa having an incredible sense of style, she is also an incredible, spiritual person and I’ve been enjoying getting an insight into her daily habits and rituals on her Instagram. If you do go follow her, tell her that I say hello! 😉
This post was produced in collaboration with The Good Guru. All thoughts and opinions are my own.