Thursday, 12 March 2015

Healthy and Happy You

"On an airplane, you are always told to put on your own oxygen mask first. The same way in life, you need to take care of your health first. If you are not happy and healthy, you cannot make anyone else happy and healthy."  --Rajashree Choudhury

We have one life, one body and one mind to look after. I have been through some struggles, including binge eating when emotionally drained or stressed, low self esteem and my anxiety. Since the end of my first year at university I have educated myself on healthy eating and exercise, but more recently that has developed into a bigger interest of a healthy and happy mindset. And boy am I still learning!

Looking back I have come a long way. I always looked for quick fixes when trying to lose weight and I put so much pressure on myself about the silliest, smallest things. In the past few months something clicked. It's as if my mind just opened up to a whole new world and the words HEALTHY AND HAPPY stuck in my head. Screw the fad diets and feeling like crap because I ate 1300 calories in a day instead of 1200. It dawned on me how draining this mindset was.

Why waste your life worrying about those extra 100 calories and getting stressed over the fact I might not lose 3 pounds in a week. Look after yourself, be happy and make LIFESTYLE changes. Believe me, some days it can be hard, but in the long run you will be so thankful and happy you kept going.

Yes pizza and Ben and Jerry's makes me happy in the short term, but I have grown a greater appreciation for the happiness which comes from taking care of my health and fueling my body with foods that energise me. Waking up with a positive attitude and making the most of every day is so important. If I begin to feel down now, instead of reaching for chocolate, I will go on Pinterest to find motivational quotes which will instantly inspire me to snap out of any negative mindset. 

This is only a fraction of what I could say in this post. I hope that this has enlightened some people and this is definitely the first of many healthy and happy style posts to come. If you want to get regular updates on my healthy eating and exercise then please check out my instagram account @thechocoholicstudent .  I warn you I am slightly obsessed with porridge and bananas...


  1. I like the idea of looking for motivational quotes instead of reaching for chocolate if your feeling a bit down. I comfort eat from time to time but I've actually been eating a lot healthier recently, reaching for chocolate and ice cream is just a quick fix sometimes but feeling and seeing the results of eating well feels so much better long term.
    Just letting you know I've nominated you for the versatile blogger award!

    Sophie x

    1. Thank you! Eating healthier makes me feel soo much better. x

  2. well said and i definitely agree, it's so important to stay positive and take it one day at a time rather than constantly worrying about what you're doing wrong :)

    xx danielle // shades of danielle

  3. I totally agree. I have made some decisions lately that have led me to live a more healthier lifestyle, which includes eating better! Great inspiration! Glad I could follow you on GFC, I'd love to see your presence on my blog!

    x Kellie