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5 Habits To Start For Lent

By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 08 July 2020

Lent, beginning on the 6th of March this year, is a good time for developing and deepening positive changes. It’s about exercising self-control but rather than stopping bad habits, you can also think about starting good ones.

We’ve asked our wellbeing experts to share five healthy habit ideas to get you started…

Ditch the scales

“There are several reasons why it can be best not to focus on the number on the scales. Body composition is about much more than weight. Body fat percentage – or how much of that weight is fat and how much is muscle or bone – is actually much more important. And this is where your weight on the scales – and even your BMI – can be deceiving: you can have a low body weight or BMI but also a higher-than-normal body fat percentage and a low muscle mass, which is bad news for your health. Or you’re losing weight, but the weight that’s coming off is actually muscle – also bad news,” explains the UK’s leading Nutritionist and author of Fat Around The Middle, Dr. Marilyn Glenville (www.glenvillenutrition.com).

“Another reason for not focusing on the scales is that the number can fluctuate quite a bit from day to day. This can depend on what you’ve eaten or drunk – and, for example, water retention, which can affect women differently throughout the month. This can make you panic if you see an increase, when actually nothing has changed or you could be still losing fat,” adds Dr Glenville.

Sugary snacks to fuelling bites

“One of the sea’s best-kept secrets, seaweed contains a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. Amongst fatigue-fighting iron and energy-boosting B vitamins, seaweed is an especially rich source of iodine. This mineral,which is found in very small amounts in land grownvegetables, plays a key role in optimising our metabolism”

“Whether enjoyed as a snack, sprinkled over salads or stirred into soups, itsu crispy seaweed thins (RRP £1, Tesco) make eating sea vegetables easy! They provide a nourishing, handy addition to a balanced diet and are suitable for a range of dietary preferences” explains Nutritionist Fiona Lawson, working in collaboration with itsu healthy Asian-inspired food chain.

Prioritise sleep

You might be ticking things off your to do list, learning a new skill or on your way to a promotion but without sleep, your performance will be hugely affected. Make sure you prioritise sleep if you want to win at life.

If sleep doesn’t come easy to you, CBD oil can help improve sleep quality and the overthinking that may occur in the early hours of the morning. Insomniacs find it helpful and as a natural analgesic or pain relieving agent it supports people in pain to sleep better.

Top tip: 

While capsules have a slower delivery action and can take up to 20 minutes to reach the desired outcome. Drops pass directly through the mucous membranes of the mouth, allowing direct circulation into the blood stream and the effect is almost immediate. Try dispensing a controlled amount of Cannabigold classic 500MG CBD oil (£29.90, www.bionativa.co.uk) directly under your tongue. This oil is the perfect strength if you are new to the CBD world.

Eat an apple a day

You may have heard of the saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but how regularly do you actually stick to the rule?

“Eat fruit as a healthy snack. Although fruit contains natural sugars, most have a low to moderate glycaemic index and do not raise blood glucose levels excessively (though don’t over-indulge in dried fruits).

A study involving 38,000 women found those eating at least one apple a day were 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those eating no apples.

Meanwhile, a recent analysis of five trials, involving almost a quarter of a million people, found that regular consumption of apples and pears is associated with an 18% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes,” advises Dr Sarah Brewer, working in association with CuraLin Diabetes supplement (www.curalife.co).

Scrub off the day

We take the time to get ready to face the day ahead but what about at the days end, do you give your skin the TLC it deserves?

To make sure you’ve removed all the effects of pollution and dirt on your face, try gentle by effective cleansing and make sure you get rid of all your makeup before bed – without needing to rub your face raw! Use the Beauty Balm from Lyonsleaf (RRP £12.95,www.lovelula.com) to incorporate their Hot Cloth Cleansing Method.

The Oil Cleansing Method (or Hot Cloth Cleansing) is a complete skincare regime without a single artificial chemical. Oil Cleansing is based on the principle that ‘like dissolves like’. When you try it you’ll see how easily natural plant oils dissolve dirty

sebum, grime and make up, even waterproof mascara. Use a Muslin cloth for extra exfoliation when cleansing.

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