FITNESS aficionado and famous Instagram star Carly Rowena is here to answer YOUR questions.
From eating healthily at work to keeping motivated at the gym, she’s got you covered with words of wisdom and handy tips.
Welcome to my first @FabulousMag #AskCarlyR column!
Last week I asked my followers to send me their fitness, food and wellness based questions.
We received some incredible questions and Fabulous picked their favourites for me to answer below.
If you’re struggling with fitness, food or your general health just tweet me @carlyrowena using the hashtag #AskCarlyR and it could be your question I’m answering next week.
1. How can I eat healthily at work on a budget?
Food at work always feels the hardest.
However, it doesn’t have to be – it comes down to thought and preparation.
My top tip is to pick one day in the week where you can take an hour out and meal prep.
My go-to recipe is a one tray bake; pop your fish, meat or tofu into one corner and your veggies in the other, leave in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes and then serve into Tupperware boxes to keep you going through the week.
If you hate the thought of having the same thing every day, over cook in the evenings to give yourself leftovers for lunch OR team up with a work colleague or friend and take it in turns to create lunch, meaning you can do it in bulk, change it up and share the cost.
2. How can I get motivated to go to the gym in the morning?
No-one ever wants to leave the comfort of their bed in the morning.
The best way to make sure it happens is to have your gym kit (including pants and socks!) set out ready, or even against the radiator to make it extra inviting to pop on during colder mornings.
Also include a post-workout snack like a banana, smoothie or peanut butter sachet and have your proposed workout written down.
If you know what you’re going to do, you’re less likely to talk yourself out of it and feel even more smug at the thought that you’ve worked out while everyone else is still asleep.
3. How can I cut back on processed sugar?
Cutting back on sugar where possible will have huge health benefits, however cutting it out completely and aiming to go cold turkey will leave most of us craving and crashing.
Top tip, instead of thinking about everything you have to cut out, start looking at what you can add in.
I find the easiest way to make food changes is to focus on adding new ingredients and trying new recipes or snacks.
That way over time the more processed or sugar based foods start to phase out and the good stuff stays in.
For those of you who can’t figure how to make a start, write a list of your three favourite foods or sugar based treats, then schedule in a weekly treat but also do research to find ways of making your own healthier alternative.
Want more tips?
Alternatively, read nutritionist Amanda Ursell’s best advice on how to change your food favourites for healthy swaps.
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