1. My Home Detox with Live Lagom IKEA concept
2. Live Lagom. The progress.
No, I didn’t live on caviar and lobsters each week. It’s super easy to do that when you live in a city centre and have shops so close and zero time. I knew, this was taking a little bit too much so when IKEA Live Lagom project came across I knew I wanted to apply straight away! You can read here my first post for IKEA Live Lagom and my progress post on Live Lagom. This project completely changed my lifestyle. No, it didn’t happen straight away. It grew in me, week after week I started using my products kindly gifted by IKEA. I did tonnes of research, used our Facebook support group as inspiration and slowly changed my living habits. After seeing, that I started spending less and less that was a huge motivation! I started cooking minimum 3 times a week, and after cooking I would put leftovers straight to my containers. This also helped me keep the flat tidy. I now start my day with a 10min exercise, sometimes less sometimes more- depends on but also with daily smoothies.Thank to the Live Lagom, I have finally paid off my student overdraft! Something, I thought it would be impossible! Apart from financial benefits of the project, I also changed my lifestyle and now I live healthier and I feel much more motivated and energised. This is far best thing I did. Despite the programme has ended, but my involvement hasn’t. I will be IKEA Live Lagom ambassador for life. This is now my lifestyle, not just a 6 month programme.
PS. you can read more in article The Mirror about my lifestyle.
Let’s be honest, no one really wants to eat bread & ketchup all year round and it’s very depressing to eat cheap. However, there are few tips & tricks you can do, that you can still eat fresh and great foods but you can save up some money!
Take your own lunch and drink. Anywhere. Not just work but train, meeting in town or even a walk. I travel often and I end up always buying coffee in train or sandwich. Having these with me really stops me on spending money. Take some snacks to your bag as well if you going for a walk of meeting. There are few places in Manchester where you can bring your own booze like Howksmoore or Yara. I know some people will find this extreme but is really easy to get used to it.
|image source. The Mirror|
Cook your over-roped fruits. I did my banana pancakes from literally black bananas and it was delicious! Try to look into recopies instead of throwing them away.
Don’t shop hungry. Like never ever do that. Try to grab a fruit or yogurt at least. It will really save you of buying pointless products you won’t eat anyway.
Keep your eyes on out of date products. You can simply just apply the supermarkets tactic. Keep all short dates products at the front of your fridge and those will longer date at the back. write a list of products and stick to a quirky magnet in front of your fridge.
Invest in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. Both can really benefit on save you time. You can either prepare your meal in the morning and come back to a ready meal or quick do the meal if you are in a hurry.