My Top 5 Healthy Living Tips

First off, I’d like to say thank you to LoveLula for appointing me as their Healthy Living blogger – I’ve been writing about living well for years now, and it’s great to team up with a natural beauty brand to share my tips!

This month, I’ve decided to give an overview of my five best tips to living healthily. Over the years, I’ve come to find that a balanced approach to all aspects of my life makes for the healthiest lifestyle possible (and that changes for each and every one of us), but there are a few ground rules that can help everyone. Here are my five recommendations to get your started…

  1. Listen to your body

I’ve chosen to start with listening to your body, as it’s really the only way to know what you need. Personally, I’ve come to find that reducing dairy reduces my IBS, drinking lots of water clears my skin, and I can now tell when I’m snacky vs. hungry. Start looking out for different ways your body reacts, and learn.

  1. Stop pigeonholing

I use the word diet very carefully when I write, because I don’t subscribe to a one-fits-all ideology. My food choices change all the time and deep down, there’s always the risk of wanting to pigeonhole my diet. Drawing a little box around what I can and can’t eat may sound neat, but life isn’t like that, and my diet shouldn’t be either!

  1. Consider all aspects

Everyone knows the phrase “you are what you eat”, but what about everything else? Once I started eating healthier, I also upped my skincare routine to natural and organic beauty products, changed my clothing to ethical and sustainable fashion, and started trying out all sorts of wellness activities (some great, some… not so great).

The one recommendation I always make to anyone looking to get started in natural skincare is to use a natural deodorant. It’s one of the most easily absorbed products you put on your skin, so what you use on your skin also gets into your bloodstream. My favourites are the Weleda Citrus Deodorant Spray, Madara Bio-Active Deodorant and Dr. Haushcka Sage & Mint Roll-on.

  1. Live consciously

Mindfulness is one of the easiest steps to take on your journey to living healthily. It’s not about daily yoga or meditation; instead, it’s about giving yourself the time to make decisions with a clear mind. This could be as simple as choosing what to have for breakfast, or putting down your phone early one night for a soak in the bath with a good natural face mask. Either way, I hope you’ll feel better for taking control over your decisions.

  1. Do your research

Finally, I would encourage surrounding yourself with the information and encouragement you need to be your best self. I regularly turn to healthy living blogs for inspiration, look to fitness vloggers for workout routines, and scrutinise the ingredients of my skincare products using the EWG SkinDeep website to know exactly what I’m putting on my body. I would also encourage seeking professional advice where necessary – don’t be afraid to visit your GP, and see a specialist when you need to.

Besma Whayeb

6 Comments

  1. March 1, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Great post – I agree with everything you say! I’m a great believer in listening to your body and being kind to yourself. I also don’t buy into any specific type of ‘diet’. I prefer to eat healthily most of the time, but don’t have forbidden foods. I think what you put on your body and what you put in your body go hand in hand.

  2. March 2, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Great tips Besma! Mindfulness has been so helpful for me with managing anxiety and stress – it really helps to re-set your mind so you can focus on the the important stuff that needs to get done.

    • April 15, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you Evelyn! Even now I still have moments where I’m running around in a tizz, and realise that I need to take a step back, write down my thoughts, and structure them in a way that’s actually productive. I’m so glad to have

      Besma | Curiously Conscious

  3. March 23, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Lovely post, Besma! I can relate to the diet part. One size doesn’t fit all, and for me it’s always about eating healthy and listening to my body. I am mostly vegetarian and while I would love to be vegan (for ethical reasons), I know I can’t because of my few health issues. Besides, I don’t even like calling myself a vegetarian as I don’t want to be put in some sort of category. xx

    • April 15, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      I think it’s becoming more and more common Yvonne. Unless it’s for ease (such as looking at a restaurant menu), a flexible diet without labels serves better both mentally and physically.

      Besma | Curiously Conscious

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