I’m a big believer in taking everything in moderation. I recently came across a new lifestyle trend called Lagom. Lagom is a more general approach to achieving a thriftier and balanced lifestyle. This new trend revolves around the concept of moderation. It’s pronounced ‘lar-gohm’, the Scandinavian term that means ‘just the right amount’. I love this idea, keeping spending habits in check, being less stressed out and pursuing healthier and more satisfying hobbies that fit the Lagom lifestyle. I’ve listed my top 5 tips for achieving Lagom in 2017
1, Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Do your bit for the environment and live in moderation. An important part of Lagom is being conscious of your environment and how you fit into it. Making energy saving decisions, such as ensuring electronic devices are turned off when not in use or reusing shopping bags. Similar to carbon footprint offsetting that was kickstarted in the 90s, Lagom is about being aware of your environmental impact.
2, Stress Less
Following a lifestyle that is centred around balance and moderation is one of the best ways to keep your stress levels in check. If you start to feel a little bit overwhelmed, remember that it’s okay to pare back your commitments. Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of ‘Natural Alternatives to Sugar’ (Amazon, £7.17) says:
“If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much.”
3, Eat With The Seasons
Making meals with seasonal produce is not only good for your health but also for the environment and your purse strings!
Shona Wilkinson, the nutritionist at SupefoodUK.com, explains:
“Eating foods when in season means that you’ll be eating the way nature intended it. Summer fruits and vegetables tend to contain higher amounts of water, which dilutes their nutrient content. Compare this to winter fruits and veggies and you’ll find they’re richer in nutrients such as vitamin C and contain more valuable fibre.”
4, Moderate Your Portions
If you’re looking to bring Lagom into your kitchen, one of the easiest ways to achieve moderation is through correct portion sizes.
Nutritionist and weight loss expert, Lily Soutter recommends cooking just the right amount or putting away the leftovers straight away:
“Having just the right amount of food for each meal instantly eliminates any possibility of over eating. ‘Seconds’ can be hard to resist when serving pots of food are left on the dining table. Minimise temptation by placing the serving pot back on the stove, or clearing the kitchen space immediately after cooking.”
5, Give Your Skin What It Needs
Nourish your skin with products that it needs by getting back to natural skincare products. Make sure you always read the labels before buying products and look for organic ingredients that will clean not clog your skin! Look for ingredients like Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil and Plantolin for balms and gels that can naturally soothe your skin, such as What Skin Needs Soothing Skin Gel (£14.99, whatskinneeds.co.uk).