1. Smoothie transitions
Habits are key to achieving – or sabotaging – goals. So, I’ve decided to tackle all the usual dietary resolutions in one the daily ritual and tick it off first thing each morning. Eat more greens, drink more water (or in this case crunch more ice), reduce added sugar intake: they can all be achieved with a nutrient-charged smoothie.
I’m making mine with spinach, frozen berries, coconut yoghurt, ice and for creaminess, a good slurp of the So Good™ Oat Milk No Added Sugar that’s becoming a shopping trolley regular.
2. Practice climatetarianism
It’s like going plant based, but not all the time. Climatarians understand that small changes make a big difference as they base dietary decisions on environmental impact. This means choosing unprocessed, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and going meat and dairy free more often.
According to the Food and Agriculture organizations of United Nations, livestock accounts for 14.5 per cent of greenhouse emissions. It makes meat free Mondays and plant-based alternatives even more appetising.
3. Farewell single-use plastics… finally
New CSIRO research tells us there’s currently 14 million tonnes of microplastics in the deep ocean. The statistics have been weighing on me, compelling me to do better. This year, I’m making a change.
From this point on, I’m keeping tote bags at hand for groceries, bringing my keep cup with me on the go and looking for bamboo alternatives when disposability is required. In practice, the shift away from plastic has sparked a chic glow up for my shelves. Buying natural cleaning products and dry foods in bulk and decanting into glass dispensers makes me feel lighter every time I swing open a cupboard door.
4. Track and feel
This year a sleek gold-coloured band is a fixture on my ring finger, a symbol of my commitment to a mindful lifestyle. My smart ring is loaded with sensors to monitor heart rate, sleep and activity and keep me accountable.
Apparently, after a few months use, it will even tell me when my period is due. Wellness wearables in all their iterations are motivational gamechangers. When my efforts are reflected at me in app form, I’m definitely more likely to take the stairs.
5. Prioritise sleep
As a parent with little kids, sleep hasn’t always been something I could control. But there’s nothing like five years of deprivation to make me treasure eight golden hours of restoration.
Science tells us sleep is determined by circadian rhythms. When we see daylight, which is blue, our brains tell our bodies to spark up. Golden light, from a sunset or fire, trigger a hormone called melatonin, which induces sleepiness. Problem is, watching screens, which emit blue light, disrupts the body clocks.
This year I’m changing up my night ritual to retreat to my bedroom earlier (9pm), swap out binge watching for podcasts in bed (I’m not a saint) and aim for sleep by 10pm. So far, the consistency has helped with sleep quality and it certainly makes a 6am wake-up less startling.
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