Healthy body, healthy mind?

I am writing this (ironically) following a slightly weak moment involving a chocolate caterpillar cake… All I can say is that he has shrunk by about three quarters, oops! 

Moreover, I wanted to post about the impact of physical fitness on mental health, predominantly involving my personal experiences (failures). At present, I try to keep up with a simple gym routine involving cardio: walking the dog or jogging, a simple ab routine: extracts from Kayla Itsines’ BBG and lifting weights: self explanatory really. All of which I can do at home, without the need for the dreaded gym!

However, considering that I am a human being, food is my comfort, my support and pretty much the only thing that keeps me going on lower days. Therefore, I struggle with this aspect of keeping healthy. We have all been there, desperate for a quick fix in the name of a Mars chocolate bar or a family pack of Sweet Chili Sensations, but is it really a “fix”? In my opinion, no.

Immediately after consuming these types of foods, I feel bloated, sick, insecure. But, the worst of all, desperate to gobble up even more and further upset my body. No matter how much temporary happiness these snacks are able to bring you in that one moment, it can never be worth the sickness due to processed ingredients, the tiredness as your body is not recieving the right nutrients and the fat build up and weight gain.

Now, I’m not saying that you must completely cut out these foods because even I just confessed to, quite impressively, polishing off most of a cake! However, I am saying that you should keep an eye on your calorie intake, the ingredients list and try to eat as many unprocessed things as you can. You will feel better for it!

For instance, here is what I, an average person without a structured meal plan or strict gym routine, would eat in a day:

  • Breakfast: Porridge mixed with vanilla protein powder or honey 
  • Snack 1: A piece of fruit (usually an apple)
  • Lunch: Always eggs! 2 scrambled on toast with side salad (lettuce, olives, avocado, cucumber, sweet corn) 
  • Dinner: Fish with vegetables (sweet potato, broccoli, carrots ect) 
  • Snack 2: Protein bar or a treat (small portion of crisps or a few squares of high percentage dark chocolate) 

Obviously, I do vary my diet so it doesn’t get boring, but I love it! It makes me feel positive, full of energy and brilliant about my body! I do slip up every now and then, but that’s ok, it is to be expected. 

I hope this post helps, in terms of eating, from my experience, a healthy body = a healthy mind!

Happiness 2.0

First of all, I have absolutely no idea how to blog (I ignored all of the web pages titled “19 things you absolutely must know before starting a blog”). I have never written before and will undoubtedly demonstrate my concerning lack of vocabulary! (I’m sure exclamation marks are a huge no no for blogging and, come to think of it, so are brackets) However, I would like to tell the story of my challenging mental health issues and how I plan to regain control in the most captivating, honest and light hearted way possible to make good reading for all of you out there. 

So, here is a little background information…

My name is Lauren. I love photography, keeping fit and anything green! However, for six years now I have battled depression and bouts of anxiety. This means feeling too sad to leave the house, too tired to perform the simplest tasks and too distant to appreciate even my closest family and friends. 

Many people struggle with this day to day and, quite frankly, I’ve had enough! No one deserves to feel like nothing, so for those of you who currently do, I want you to join me on this journey to a healthier mind and, therefore, the most enjoyable life that you could possibly live. Whether that consists of building the strength to get out of bed before midday or gaining the courage to scale a 50ft rock wall for charity, we all have one common goal- Happiness!

Don’t forget, we are helping eachother. I am struggling right here beside you, but I am going to work hard, travel and much more to win this war and reclaim my life and I know you can too.

Good luck!