In association with Eleanor Jones, Digital Editor of Good to Know
Meat is probably one of the most expensive items you put into your shopping trolley every week – and whilst we’re not suggesting you need to commit to going veggie or vegan full time, eating more plant-based foods is the perfect way to cut down your spend whilst still eating a diet that’s rich in nutrients. This year, try branching out into protein-rich (and purse-friendly) options like lentils, beans, chickpeas, nuts and eggs, and you should notice the difference in your waistline and your wallet.
Hands up if you want to improve your activity levels in 2018? We imagine that’s most of us, but taking on a whole new routine can seem intimidating, not to mention costly – which is why walking is the easiest place to start. It’s recommended that we should all be taking 10,000 steps, which equates to around an hour and a half of walking a day, but you don’t need a fancy fitness band to count each one - even a small increase from your current activity levels can be beneficial. Park the car in the further spot or get off the bus one stop early, and your gradual changes will soon lead to great things!
Drinking your recommended daily intake of water every single day is a resolution that everyone with a tap can keep – no excuses! Keeping your body hydrated helps with everything from your skin to your concentration to your digestion, and can even help you to fight off infection if you’re struck down with a dreaded winter bug. We like to give our two litres a little extra flavour with slices of fresh citrus, or a handful of diced cucumber and mint – a herb which, incidentally, is also brilliant for beating the post-Christmas bloat.