Wellness & Lifestyle

Staying Healthy Through the Festive Period

December 14, 2018 • By

Yoga Wellness | Northern Yogi

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And, let’s face it, it’s the time of year where all our willpower goes out of the window. It’s definitely a time for hibernation, sitting on the sofa, watching Christmas films and stuffing your face with chocolate. I love to do this as much as the next girl, believe me! But this year I’m making a conscious effort to continue to focus on feeling good.

For me feeling good means having lots of energy, feeling well rested, feeling upbeat and motivated. To ensure this happens over the Christmas period I’ll make sure I tick off these feel good tips.

  • Don’t drink too much alcohol. Yep, I’ve said it! Over the Christmas period it’s more likely your alcohol intake will increase. A bucksfizz (Mimosa for my American readers) at breakfast, a red wine over dinner, vegan Bailey at deserts. It’s all too tempting, but then the next day when you feel groggy and sick and your head hurts you decide to do it all over again on boxing day, and again the day after that, let’s not get started on New Years Eve! By January 1st you are probably 40% proof and ready for a detox. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, drinking is fun but it’s important to know your limits. You don’t have a different liver just because it’s Christmas and you need to give your body a chance to rest and recover. It you are wanting to hold on to your top notch health over Christmas then swap a few of your alcoholic beverages for water or non-alcoholic cocktails.
  • Get outside and go for a stroll. Being outdoors, in the fresh air, surrounded by nature is not only good for your cardiovascular health, it makes you feel better emotionally and mentally. We have a tendency to become that little bit lazier over the festive period, and rightly so. You’ve worked hard all year and this is the perfect time to take a good, long rest. But, just 30 minutes outside each day can normalise your sleep schedule, expose you to much needed vitamin D, unplug you from your electronic devices, giving you time to mentally recharge. It lowers your cortisol levels and your blood pressure and will help you shift that 3rd mince pie. Beside all of these amazing benefits being outdoors is fun!
  • Eat right! You’re probably thinking there is absolutely no way you’re going to watch what you eat over the Christmas period. But, hear me out, I don’t mean you have to refrain from eating, I’m saying eat right! Less meat (or no meat if you can), more veggies, dates, fruit, nuts, cover everything in dark chocolate and feast until your heart is content. Christmas doesn’t mean your body no longer needed vitamins. You’ll be more likely to avoid that January cold too!

Get Outside | Wellness Blog | Northern Yogi

Take time over the festive period to spend quality time with the people you love, switch your phone off and give them your undivided attention. Fill up on feel good foods, don’t overdo it on the works do and make sure you get some fresh air every day.

Have a wonderful Christmas, continue to practice yoga and mediate daily. I’ll see you in the New Year.


Wellness & Lifestyle

Living the Yoga Lifestyle: Lisbon

November 20, 2018 • By

Yoga & Meditation Lisbon

For a very long time now Lisbon has been in my top ten must see places to visit and last month I was lucky enough to take my first trip. We spent 5 day, 4 nights exploring all the city has to offer. I’m already planning my next trip!

When to Go:

Apparently the best time of the year to visit Lisbon is either early Spring or late Autumn as the heat and prices are both very high June – September. We opted for autumn and were not disappointed with the weather. In the day it reached 31 degrees but at nighttime fell to a lovely 17 degrees. Although 31 degrees is still very hot to be wandering around the city it’s really easy to stay in the shade. Lisbon is famous for it’s winding streets and aside from creating a beautiful landscape they also provide much needed shade.

Yoga in Lisbon

Where to Stay:

We stayed at Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa because I wanted somewhere with a pool so we could have one afternoon of lazing around. It’s a beautiful hotel with the most amazing roof bar. Head up there around sunset for the most incredible views of the city and a great cocktail! 

Where to Stay Lisbon

What to Eat:

Eating Vegan is Lisbon was actually really easy. You’ll find with most major cities nowadays there are always vegan cafes and vegan options on the menu. I downloaded Happy Cow, the app that helps vegans find eateries around the globe, I was never more than a few KM aware from somewhere I could eat. A few notable places:

  • Zenith – The ideal breakfast or lunch place for both meat eaters and vegans. They have pancakes, toasts, acai bowls, smoothies and vegan options of most things.
  • Foodprintz – By far one of the best eateries I visited whilst in Lisbon. It’s 100% vegan and hosts yoga classes too. I have to avocado on rye with a green warrior juice and cappuccino.  This place has a lovely, peaceful atmosphere, friendly staff and great food.

Foodprintz Vegan Cafe Lisbon

Juice Cafe Lisbon

Eat Vegan in Lisbon

What to Do:

One of my favourite places was the Botanical Gardens which was like visiting a tropical oasis in the middle of a busy city. The air felt cleaner, there was space to move and space to be still, to breathe, to meditate to relax. It was tranquil and contained the most amazing collection of tropical plants, most I had never seen before. A tropical oasis of clam that is definitely worth the trip.

Surrounding the botanical gardens are cute and kooky shops selling everything from handmade stationary to bags, shoes, jewellery and shampoo. Across the road there is a small tree lined park, in which there is a cafe where you can sit and watch the world go by whilst eating chip butties. Absolute perfection!

Street Yoga Lisbon

If visiting Lisbon for the first time you must take a trip on the funicular that takes you to the top of one of Lisbon’s many hilltops, on which you will find lots of market stalls, sangria and live bands for dancing the night away.

We also took a trip on the oldest tram in the city (number 24) which takes you up to the castle via the little winding streets of Lisbon, it’s classic and you get to see the real Lisbon, complete with washing lines across the roads!

Lisbon really is a wonderful city, it has the perfect balance of ambitious city and laid back cool. It’s charming yet modern. It caters to vegans and there is always something to do or see, even if that means just sitting with a coffee and watching the day pass you by.