Tips that Help Me Stay On The Go:
Most of my friends know that I lead a lifestyle which could play havoc with my health. I spend most of my free time travelling, eating, drinking. When I am not doing fun blog-related activities, I work as a freelance marketing consultant and I’m right in the middle of developing a new business, Blogl – an end to end matchmaking and campaign management tool for bloggers and brands.
That’s a recipe for a stressful existence – and one which potentially could be draining.
But, I have always been someone who likes to keep busy. While my challenging’ lifestyle may not involve bungee jumping or hiking up Kilimanjaro, I do push myself to the limit in other ways.
Here are a few of the ways I try to keep things balanced (and often fail!).
1. Get Regular Sleep – and enough of it.
I find that getting at least seven hours sleep a night really helps me stay on top of things. I’m lucky that I can usually sleep easily but a change in my routine – travelling to a new time zone or eating later than normal can really throw me.
2. Drink plenty of water or herbal tea
While I probably don’t drink enough ‘pure’ water, I do love tea and coffee. I have a preference for hot drinks during the day, but neither do much for my digestion. When I can I try my best to drink herbal teas – chamomile or peppermint. But, if I am honest, that is less often than I should.
3. Try to avoid drinking alcohol without food
Well, that works fine, until I get invited to a launch event or a party where there may if I’m lucky, be a few canapes. I DO try to go for the sparkling elderflower or non-alcoholic cocktail. And it never works…I much prefer champagne!
4. Follow the 5:2 Diet as much as possible
Two fasting days (which are also alcohol-free) a week really helps me to rebalance my body.
This one is fine and works really well when I am not travelling. But, obviously, I can’t do a fasting day if I am on a press trip, with formal lunches and dinners. And, if I am honest, although I feel better after a fast day, that process of rebalancing can give me heartburn too.
5. Walk everywhere I can
An obvious way to try and keep fit and healthy. The limitation here tends to be the height of my heels – and even Rennie can’t help with that!
6. When I am travelling, always try to swim
I find swimming very relaxing as well as being a good way to stay fit. And I reward myself with a session in the jacuzzi or steam room – or with a sun lounger for an hour or so if the pool is !
7. Eat extra vegetables, salads and high fibre dishes with my meals
I know that extra vegetables and high fibre foods like lentils and chickpeas are good for my well-being. But, they also come with an unwanted side effect for me, probably because I don’t eat them consistently. They always make me feel better in the long run, but in the short term, they can give me indigestion.
Having a packet of Rennie on hand when I’m travelling or just rushing around town means that I don’t avoid some of the healthier options on the basis of a potential attack of indigestion or heartburn . And, of course, sometimes it just all gets too much and that’s where something like Rennie really comes into its own. If I’m on a press trip and we end up eating and drinking late, the last thing I need is to find I can’t sleep. Heartburn is something which can be a real problem – so I always carry some Rennie to help. And, if I’ve eaten late or overindulged in wine or spirits, then a couple of indigestion tablets really help to make sure I can get to sleep quickly and won’t wake up feeling bad. They are also good if I can’t choose what I’m eating. Sometimes the food is particularly spicy or rich and I know I’ll start to feel uncomfortable after an hour or so. I really don’t want the interruption of
Life for me is about staying on the go. And I hope that never changes.
Disclosure. This post is in conjunction with Rennie, but all thoughts are my own