18 June 2013

Lighter Living: Little Lifestyle Changes for the Summer Months

Like lots of people, my lifestyle changes drastically with the weather. In winter, I like to hibernate at home in cosy jumpers, eating lots of crisps. In summer, I feel happier and have more energy, which leads to lots of little lifestyle changes that soon add up. 

We've talked about eating lighter in the summer, and a few recent discoveries that landed on my desk have really helped. The Eat Water range is made from konjac, a natural fibre that's very low in fat and calories and has a high water content (and can also be used to clean your face - remember the konjac sponge?!)

 
From top left: Eat Water Slim Pasta; Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn; new Speedo Sculpture swimsuit; Yoko fitflops in Electric Indigo

The range includes pasta, rice and noodle substitutes which are easy to incorporate into your regular diet, and have less than 10 calories per serving. Pretty impressive, huh? They don't taste of much, but take their flavour from whatever you're cooking with them. 

I have a real savoury tooth on me so I've also been loving the Metcalfe Skinny topcorn range - it includes Sweet ‘n Salt, Wasabi, Sea Salt, Chocolate Crackle and Heat 'n Sweet (sweet chilli, my favourite along with the wasabi!). From 112 calories a bag, they make a lighter alternative to crisps or nuts and are every bit as tasty - you'll find 'em in health stores and supermarkets. 



Being outside in the wind and rain is, frankly, rubbish, but strolling in the sunshine is a pleasure - especially when you live close to scenery like this. I find that fitflops offer more support for walking than other summer sandals, and they also help to tone your muscles as you walk. A quick swim at lunchtime is another recent change - it's as good for the mind as it is for the body, and helps me destress, unwind and put things in perspective. 

What about you, do your habits change according to the seasons?

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26 comments:

Limoshop said...

I think we have to change with the seasons and I like it.

Anya Jensen said...

Hi Emma, here in Denmark you can have food that's good for you / NO good for you:) We don't have a massive selection of yummy but not so fattening stuff. Shame - I look forward to London now. Found you on Instagram - see you there and have a great day lovely,
Axx

Adele said...

Love the sound of those Topcorn flavours...right up my street!
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Karen Constantine said...

I've definitely been craving lighter foods as it gets warmer, so trying to make the most of it while I can! Lack of exercise is my biggest issue, so I'm trying to focus on that at the mo! Must try out that popcorn, sounds yummedy :)

Roxy said...

That popcorn range sounds delish and very intrigued by the eat water stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm I don't really change much. I am pretty, errr, consistent with my habits throughout the year :-)

Anonymous said...

'Muscle-toning' footwear does not work. It's great if you find them comfortable but don't expect any results.

Have you actually eaten konjac noodles? I mean, actually cooked and eaten a meal with them? I know plenty of people swear by them but the noodles are stretchy, quivery and chewy. They're basically jelly in long strips and don't get any better even if you fry them to nearly nothing. I don't care how konjac noodles are promoted, they are nothing like pasta. I've eaten perhaps fifteen packs of the things and just couldn't handle any more; not worth it.

Emily {Isnt That Charming} said...

Oh my gosh - what gorgeous scenery in those last two pics! Lucky girl.
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Kim Alston said...

most definitely emma. i'm eating a lot light and watching what i drink. now i need to incorporate exercise.hahaha
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fluff and fripperies said...

Hi Anonymous, thanks for your comment. Yep, I have tried the noodles, rice and pasta so far. The noodles are actually my favourite - I use them as part of a stirfry and can't notice any difference between them and glass noodles. The rice is a little gelatinous and probably my least favourite - but again, it's passable with chilli. The pasta is a perfectly decent substitute, I reckon!

Nicky mywishstyle said...

good you changed.. have a good evening,

Nicky

Cólleen Devine said...

i love my realk carbs but thank god they dont affect me in any negative way so im safe!! lunch time swimming, high five :)

Chantel said...

Very nice post!

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

thanks for your helpful tips!!

Felicity said...

I still use my konjac sponge! Never thought of *eating* one, although one of my cats has eaten two with no ill effects, so I might give it a try... What's the bet i can't get in Dundalk??

Chloe said...

I train during summer & because I'm working, I go to the gym more too! I definitely eat lighter foods, unless my mum's cooking - It's meat, veg & spuds then!

Anonymous said...

I'm eating lots of salads, not so much because I want to, more a result of the shock of seeing what was hiding underneath all the winter layers. At least its easier to eat salads when it warmer out.

yummychunklet said...

Great post!

My Unfinished Life said...

I always try to eat fresh produce from local market rather than packaged stuff!! thats my idea of healthy eating!!

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Amy Fashion Blog said...

Hubby and me have been getting back in to eating more healthier

Mandy said...

Love Fit Flops!!!

little t said...

Summer here has the opposite effect... it is in the mid-40s now and it drains every bit of energy you have. I wish naps during the day were an acceptable part of my job :(

little t said...

Well I definitely have to try this 10 calorie spagetti!

MissGreenEyes said...

I definitely find myself wanting less stodge when the weather is good, I never seem to want pizza or chips or stuff like that. I'm trying to up my water intake so I refill a sports bottle a couple times a day x

Deirdre Langford said...

I've been doing power lifting for the last few weeks (8 or 9) and I've found that adding weights into my fitness routine has seriously helped with my fitness. I have more energy and can really see the changes in my body too!

Dee x

Felicity said...

Well, turns out you *can* get these in Dundalk, and I have discovered for those of us who have a stomach ulcer there's an added benefit - because konjac is pH neutral, the products don't exacerbate stomach acidity the way, erm, everything that ain't water or these does! I'm really happy as I have had the problem of being tearingly hungry but unable to eat for weeks. Nice one Emma! Oh and for those who find the noodles unpalatable, try this - after washing, slice them up into inch(ish) long pieces prior to cooking. These babies really soak up flavour too!Bitta soy sauce, bitta garlic, some veg, some meat and you're away laughing.