Every year do you promise, this is it? A whole new me, I’m going to change everything. Well, this January team ELLE is taking baby steps because that way we’re less destined for a massive fall, right? From the brand new ELLE running club (a do-able 0-5K in six weeks) to the diet you only follow two days a week. This January coax, don’t force, a brand new you...
Surviving on rabbit food every day is miserable, let alone in the dark, cold depths of January which is why The Alternative-Day Diet is perfect. Every other day you drop down to 500 calories. The other days you can eat as you normally would. The ‘fasting’ days activate SIRT1 which turns off the enzyme inside our bodies responsible for fat storage, which may sound too good to be true but it really does work. If you’re smart about it and eat nutritious foods you can make your 500 calories go a long way (the book contains plenty of low-calorie meal ideas) so you shouldn’t feel deprived.
The Alternative-Day Diet, £14.99, out January. Or buy the ebook now from Penguin for £8.99
It's time, we're swapping our stilettos for sneakers, and in the February issue of ELLE out next Wednesday, we are launching the ELLE running club! The aim? To run 0-5K in six weeks. We don’t expect you to go it alone though - the team will be running (and blogging about it) too, from those who have never so much as owned a pair of trainers to us who are returning to running after a Christmas hiatus.
Want to get involved? Follow us @ELLEUKrunning and make sure to bag yourself a February issue, complete with running plan, when it hits newsstands next week. If we can do it anyone can!
You may think cereal is the healthy option, but boxed cereals, muesli and granola tend to have a lot of sugar in them. Try making your own Granola so you can control exactly what you’re eating, after all breakfast is the most important meal of the day...
Lily Simpson, founder of The Detox Kitchen Diet (a delivery service that Elle Macpherson and Agyness Deyn are fans of) shares her recipe for homemade granola with blueberries and strawberries...
70g Porridge, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 2 tbsp's rice milk for the granola mix, 1tsp honey, 4 brazil nuts, 4 raspberries, 8 blueberries 200ml rice milk or oat milk to serve
Place the porridge oats in a bowl, sprinkle with the cinnamon and then pour in the rice milk and honey. Mix together using your fingers, you want to create a clumpy mix. This will give you all the textures of a granola.
Place the mixture on a baking tray and cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Take the mixture out of the oven and all<
In January after partying hard over the festive season a quick and healthy energy fix (that doesn’t come in a can or have anything to do with wings) is much-needed. Baobab fruit powder, from the African Baobab, contains six times more vitamin C than oranges, twice as many antioxidants as goji berries and more iron than spinach and red meat making it quite the superfood. The high levels of vitamins help your body yield more energy to keep you going. Just sprinkle it on cereal or yoghurt, blend in to smoothies or use in baking.
Aduna Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder, £24.99
Keeping fit isn’t just about clocking in at the gym three times a week, it starts with being more active on a daily basis – taking the stairs instead of the lift or cycling to work. The Nike+FuelBand helps you track and measure the activity you do everyday – monitoring your steps taken and the calories you have used, as Nike says ‘the key to doing more is knowing more’.
All your data is turned into a fuel score and by setting yourself a daily target you will have a little extra motivation every day. Plus, you can link it with your iPhone so you can easily keep tabs on all your accumulated data on the go.
Fill your Twitter timeline with sports people who will motivate you to keep going with your healthier lifestyle. Here’s the new people to follow in January:
@ELLEukrunning: We’ll be tweeting a 0-5K run plan throughout January – follow us for inspiration, tips and advice.
@tim_weeks: Trainer Tim Weeks is all about motivation, a typical tweet being, “Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” Harriet Braiker. He also holds regular Twitter Q&As with his followers and you can even sign-up for a Tim Weeks newsletter.
@EmeryWellness: Lauren Johnson co-founder of the Emery Wellness Centre in Florida regularly tweets tips and links to interesting health articles. The Cheat Sheet to Control Your Cravings was a brilliant tweet to find in our timeline.