Routine Yaa or Nah?

Some of you may, just like me, swear they love routine. Some of you might be allergic for only mentioning the word routine. I do get that for both ways there are pros and cons. But a routine doesn’t have to mean you plan every second of your life (even I would be deeply unhappy if I did that). To have meals around the same time every day is a routine. And this is something what can be very beneficial for your body. For myself I created a morning routine, a day routine and an evening routine. I like to have something I can hold on to and do things that are good for my health. I feel happier and much calmer if I follow some sort of routine. I will tell you about my routines and it might inspire you to have a routine yourself.

MY MORNING ROUTINE 
Almost every morning I wake up at 6:00 and from there I kind of split my morning into blocks of 15 minutes. I start (right after opening my eyes) with taking some deep breaths and some stretching. This really helps me to wake up. When you’re sleeping everything in your body goes a little slower. Taking deep breaths and stretching your muscles is good for your blood flow and your body gets a ton of oxygen straight away. Then I make myself my morning water. This is a big glass (400ml) of warm (I mix cold and boiled) water, the juice of half a lemon and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. This cleanses your body, gives it a vitamin C boost and wakes up your metabolism. I also use this time to go to the toilet etc. Just 15 minutes where I can wake up in a relaxed way. Then I do some yoga exercises for about 15 minutes, followed by some meditation. Then it’s time to get dressed, do my make up and get ready for the day. At 7:00 I take the time to make and eat breakfast. This always includes a green smoothie, either with fruit or overnight porridge. Just before I leave for work around 7:45, I take a little time for affirmations, visualisation and sometimes I do some writing or reading too. By this time I’m full of energy and ready to start my day. This energy is with me the whole day whenever I start my day like this. I have a rule to not touch my phone during my morning routine.

To cut it short: 
06:00 – Deep breaths and stretching + morning water.
06:15 – Yoga.
06:30 – Meditation.
06:45 – Get dressed + Make up.
07:00 – Breakfast.
07:30 – Affirmations/Visualisation/Writing or Reading.
07:45 – Work.


MY DAY ROUTINE
During the day there are a lot of different things happening of course and every day is different. I do try to have meals/snacks around the same time though. Around 10:30 I have a snack. This is basically always fruit. I like to eat fruit in the morning, so my body can easily digest it and absorb all the vitamins. Then I have lunch around 12:30, but I always squeeze in some exercise before I start eating my lunch. This means I’m doing some crunches, squats and press ups etc. I try to do this every day, apart from the Sunday. My lunch is 9/10 times a salad with lotsss of veggies. Then around 16:00 I’ll start to be hungry again and I either eat some nuts, raw veggies or sometimes a Nakd bar or something like that.

To cut it short: 
10:30 – Snack (fruit)
12:00 – Exercise.
12:30 – Lunch.
16:00 – Snack (nuts, raw veggies).


MY EVENING ROUTINE
I always try to have my dinner around 19:00, but on my days off, I often have it a little earlier. Then I take a shower (I sometimes do this just before going to bed too, but I prefer to do it after dinner). I always try not to work after dinner, but to use that time to relax. Sometimes it does happen I want to finish something. My max is 20:00, after that I force myself to relax). I often spend the evening reading, watching Netflix, using Pinterest and I scroll a little through my social media apps etc. I don’t always have a snack in the evening, it depends a little bit on how I feel. Sometimes I’m still full until bed time and sometimes I do eat something like veggie crisps, a piece of chocolate or some home-made biscuits/cake or something. I also make myself a Chai Latte quite a lot. This is a real treat for me, I love it! At 22:00 I start to get ready for bed. I prepare some things for the next day (put my breakfast necessities on the counter, pack snacks etc.) I brush my teeth and plat my hair etc. If it isn’t 22:30 yet by that time, I read a little bit and just before closing my eyes, I always wish my boyfriend a good night sleep. Often I do relaxation exercises before I go to sleep, to make myself fall asleep fast and to benefit my overall sleep.

To cut it short: 
19:00 – Dinner.
19:30 – Work or relax.
20:30 – Snack (veggie crisps, chocolate, chai latte).
22:00 – Get ready for bed (brush teeth etc.)
22:30 – Sleep.

Now, I don’t have alarms on my phone with all these times and I don’t feel bad when some things happen a little earlier of later. The times for me are just guidelines. I think as soon as you are going to plan your life in minutes it will get super stressed. And having a routine is for the opposite effect. Sometimes I also skip some things and that is fine. You need to enjoy life and trying to function like a robot is really not a good idea. These routines just give me a a sense of peace. I feel much better when I follow all these steps, because they’re all things that are beneficial to my health. Especially my morning routine is very important to me. It’s the base for the rest of my day and I feel a big difference during the day when I don’t do it at all.

Do you have a routine? Or is a routine really not for you? Please tell me about your lifestyle routine. Maybe we can learn from each other! Please let me know in the comments below or show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. You can also tag me! Thank you and have a lovely day! X

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Fridgecurious #1

12939268_1126343290743106_1586325496_nDo you also always look in somebody else’s trolley or basket in the supermarket? Or at the till.. what are other people buying? It’s so interesting what other people buy. What about having a look in somebody else’s fridge? I love looking in fridges, haha! I think there is so much you can tell about somebody’s personality and life, just looking at what they keep in their fridge. I give you the opportunity to have a look.. the first one who wants to show her fridge is my sister Melody.

She and her 2 kids(gosh I love them!) are vegetarian, so she does have a few non vegan products in her fridge. She works full time in shifts, so her hours are always very early or until late, what means she can have hectic mornings or she isn’t eating dinner at home. You can see that, even after just getting all her groceries, her fridge isn’t over full. When she is groceries shopping she just buys what she sees. She likes to buy fresh vegetables and fruit on discount. She always has things like pasta, rice, cous cous and tortilla wraps in her house, so there is always something to prepare a nice meal. Which is handy as she only starts to think about what to eat when it’s time to start cooking. She always cooks with fresh vegetables and also uses other fresh ingredients as much as she can.

12959412_1126343547409747_1907297163_oThe fresh 100% orange juice(not from concentrate) is for the green smoothies she makes for her kids in the morning. She herself always eats greek yogurt with muesli and apple for breakfast before her work out. She is a very good runner and on a good day she will run 10 km, just because she can. We definitely do not share these skills in our dna.. haha!

 

The other, besides the greek yogurt, non vegan products she does use are organic eggs, butter and goat cheese. She didn’t try Provamel’s new greek yogurt yet, but she is planning to do that soon and if she likes it she wants to use that instead. Sometimes she buys a meat substitute when it’s on discount, but normally she likes to use nuts, mushrooms, legumes and beans instead. 

The only unhealthy thing she keeps in her fridge is chocolate. Which isn’t that bad as it’s good for your mood she jokes! What is so true!! Also this week she had to try this chocolate cookie pudding, but normally she doesn’t buy puddings. Oh and the AlproSoya drinks are for her son to drink at school. Overall she does eat healthy and she tries to eat vegan as much as she can!

12939309_1126343264076442_26725825_nDid you like to have a look in somebody else’s fridge? Please leave a comment! Are you vegan or vegetarian and would you like to show your own fridge and tell about your eating habits? Send me a message and who knows.. your fridge might be next!