Small Healthier Swaps for 2021

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021

There is no arguing about it, 2020 has been a tough year for most. Indeed, at a time when people are normally brimming with enthusiasm for New Year’s resolutions and making their lifestyle healthier, things are a lot more low key. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can make at least some small positive steps. In fact instead of setting yourself massive and challenging resolutions that are all too easy to fail on, why not try implementing small healthier swaps for 2021?

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap Veganuary for one veggie meal a week 

You will have heard and seen a lot about Veganuary on the TV and online, and of course, it’s a super smart idea. After all, when are people most likely to try a major change to the way they eat? 

For many people, the thought of changing every meal they and their families eat for an entire month is a whole lot of work and inconvenience. Not to mention the fact that they may face resistance from family members and discover that it isn’t easy to stick to themselves. That is why instead, doing a less intense version of Vegaunary may be a much better approach. 

Such an approach involves picking a day (or two) each week and eating vegetarian and vegan food then, and normal food for the rest of the time. Of course, the advantages of this approach are many, not least that you can gently ease yourself into this way of eating, which over the long term can help you maintain your momentum and stay successful. 

For anyone considering Veganism, I made the jump in December 2019 and am full vegan now and have never felt healthier.

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap quitting smoking cold turkey for using a nicotine replacement

Anyone that has smoked knows that quitting is a tall order, and quitting cold turkey is the toughest way to do things. The good news is that it is also not the only way to quit. This is because there are things like nicotine replacement products that allow smokers to skill receive the chemical that they are addicted to without having to take in all that bad stuff that is in tobacco. 

Indeed, there is a range of products on the market including sprays, patches and lozenges. All of which can be used to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine a person uses and so help them to quit more gently. 

Another similar option is to use a vape pen instead. The great thing about this option is that you get the sense of smoking without taking in all the chemicals in cigarettes. You can also use stores that stock vape supplies to buy delicious tasting liquids. They also come in a range of nicotine strengths so you can use them to wean yourself off entirely over time. 

Joining the gym for walking around your neighbourhood  

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t join a gym right now because of the lockdown situation. All is not lost, however, because instead of ending up as a January Gym bunny and a February gym casualty why not take the opportunity to start an exercise particle that is more manageable in the long term?

We are talking walking here, either around your neighbourhood or a country park. You may even wish to transition to jogging or running later on as your fitness improves?

Dinner Party Tips For Those Who Love To Entertain

Dinner Party Tips For Those Who Love To Entertain

If you’re looking to create a dinner party that’ll live long in the memory of each and every one of your guests, these tips could help you. Dinner parties are an art form and they truly can be perfected if you put enough time, thought and effort into planning out and preparing yours. Whether you want to host a dinner party or work colleagues, friends, family or to celebrate a special event, you can really have a lot of fun with it. Here are the things you’ll need to get right in order to create the ideal dinner party.

Put Together a Seasonal Menu

  When it comes to choosing what to eat, why not put together a seasonal menu that everyone can enjoy? Food that is in season is often the freshest and particularly with fruits and vegetables, you can get some fabulous tastes for very little cost. Ask your greengrocer what is in season when you plan your menu. Similarly, enjoy putting together meals that represent the season, i.e. spring, summer, autumn and winter. I’m most definitely an autumn gal and can think of a few favourites I would like to share with others.

Be the Ideal Host

Your role as the host of the dinner party is one that you should try to take seriously but not too seriously. If you approach this in the right way, you’ll be able to split your time across all the different things you’ll need to be doing. That includes cooking and plating up the food, being a social presence at the party and so on. Make sure that you relax enough to enjoy the occasion yourself though.

The Finishing Touches

There are lots of little things that make a big difference when it comes to preparing your dinner party. For example, the location of the dinner matters. The tone and atmosphere will be entirely different if you decide to take an alfresco approach to dining. And things like high-quality table napkins from Richard Haworth can really add the finishing touches that your guests will notice and appreciate a lot.

Get the Atmosphere Right

Getting the atmosphere of the dinner party right is something that you should definitely think about and take into account. Sometimes, you’ll want to create a sophisticated atmosphere that’s a little indulgent. But other dinner parties will call for something much more casual and informal. It all depends on the occasion and what kind of dinner party you want to create.

Ask About Dietary Requirements Well Ahead of Time

Finally, it’s important to do what you can to avoid any unnecessary disasters on the night of your dinner party. That means making sure that you ask well in advance if any of your guests have any special dietary requirements, either out of necessity such as allergies or choice such as being vegetarian or vegan. 

For your dinner party to be remembered for all the right reasons, these are the things that you’ll need to get right. If you can tick these boxes, you’ll ensure each and every guest at your dinner party has a great evening and leaves with a smile on their face.