Are you smashing out long hours at your desk as the year draws to a close? (Or just 'cause that's what you do for work?) Check out this article and make sure your desk and chair are set up right for you...
That means lots of sun, fun and outdoors time for many of us. It can also mean more parties (especially in the lead up to Christmas and during the New Year period) and more opportunities to indulge more in food and alcohol than we might usually have.
I've got 3 hot tips for you to help survive the 'silly season' as we affectionately call it:
1. Never go to a party on an empty stomach
When you're hungry you're more likely to eat more of the snacks and nibbles when you arrive which are usually high in fat and energy. Plus you'll be more easily affected by alcohol on an empty stomach.
2. If you are invited to take food then take a healthy plate that you know you'll enjoy
Include whole grain crackers, vegie sticks, fruit and nuts with a salsa or a low fat dip. Leave the high fat cheeses behind.
3. Drink plenty of water!
If you're drinking alcohol every second drink should be water to keep you well hydrated and allow you to drink more slowly. Avoid a hangover by drinking slowly...
This is so true, we have all at times (or may currently) been guilty of over scheduling ourselves and/or our kids... take time out to just 'hang' in whatever way you like to - your heart and mind will love you for it!
We've all heard that blueberries are good for you - fresh or frozen in smoothies, salads, desserts, on cereal or on their own. But it's important to remember that all fruits and veggies contain antioxidants and other healthy compounds ( including phytonutrients) and are really good for you! Variety is the spice of life so be adventurous! 😊
Did you know that the majority of healthy adults need just 0.75g protein per kilo body weight? Yep - a 75 kg male needs about 56g protein day. A typical protein shake has 20-25g per serve. That's a whole lot of extra protein filtering for the kidneys on top of usual dietary protein take.
Protein shakes and bars have a place for athletes post recovery, but they are not better than food and shouldn't be used as meal replacements.