7 Signs of Dehydration

We all know that keeping hydrated is an essential element to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is something that a lot of folks do struggle with. While the average healthy adult should be able to rely on their thirst to ensure adequate hydration, sometimes we need a little nudge in this department. I’m going to go ahead and call “being busy” one of the leading causes of mild dehydration. This is, of course, totally understandable. But, the problem is that making a habit of neglecting your hydration levels is going to make it harder for you to keep up with that busy schedule of yours. So, best make a habit of sipping on that bottle of water!

Here are some signs that your body needs a little more water: (more…)

Keep Those Shakes Tasty

I kind of just wanted to pop on here today and remind you how important it is to make a tasty shake. Often times I think we sort of fall into a habit of making the same ol’ boring shake over and over and that can lead to food fatigue, I’m sure. I can’t imagine eating the same meal every day so why on earth do I put up with drinking the same shake every day? Well, obviously, because know how good my shake is for me! And sometimes because I lack imagination. My husband, though, is quite innovative and he’s been making some super yummy shakes lately. And guys: It makes a difference!

So I’m here reminding you to be adventurous with your shakes. Use spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A shake made with chai spice? Yes please!  How about some fruit? We keep a stash of chopped fruit in the freezer. Watermelon, mango, banana, spanspek, and weirdly, lemons work really well.

What’s your favourite way to make your shake?

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Get Fit for Charity

Matt and Vanessa Larter (our very own Herbalife power couple?) have started hosting Fitclubs to benefit local charities. These events are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people actively making changes towards a healthier lifestyle, while benefitting a few local causes as well.

Matt and Vanessa are great motivators who understand the importance of working towards your best self, and their passion shines through in everything they do. Their last two charity sessions have gone extremely well and with your continued support they stand to make a difference in the lives of others.

If you would like to take part in one of their Get Fit For Charity sessions (the next one will be held on the 12th of May) then please contact Matt or Vanessa via their Facebook or Instagram pages and get the details from them.

 

Avocados are Awesome

So I have wonderful news: the price of avocados have gone down in the shops! Which is kind of great because two for R48 was giving me hives. But it must be avo season now because suddenly they’re more affordable. Of course avocados have become known as the clichéd food of choice for millennials, but even if you’re someone who tends to hate on all millennial-fuelled trends, you can’t deny that avocados are awesome. 

Here are some reasons why:

1.) They make the perfect snack food.

Whether eaten on their own (with a splash of salt and pepper and balsamic vinegar) or enjoyed with other foods, they make a great snack. Slice them up on a piece of rye toast, or add a dollop of cream cheese into the convenient hole left by the pit and viola: yummy snack!

2.) They are so good for you. 

Filled with healthy fats, nutrients, and fibre, these heaven-sent gifts from the earth are a great addition to your growing list of healthy foods.

3.) They are a great “alternative”. 

Avocados can be used to replace a large number of less healthy foods. For example, mix a can of tuna with an avocado instead of with mayonnaise. Add lemon juice, tobasco, or vinegar for flavour. You can also use avocados in baking as a replacement for eggs or butter.

4.) Guacamole is the best 

A spicy/garlicky guacamole makes a lovely dip for fresh veggies. I also like to mix it straight into a salad so extra creamy yumminess. Or use it on rice crackers.

These tasty, heart-healthy and weightloss-friendly savoury fruits are definitely something to stock up on now while you don’t have to take out a loan to buy them. Once ripe, keep them in the fridge so that they last a little longer.

Happy eating!

Are you a meal skipper?

Are you a meal skipper? I am. And I’m really really bad about it. For a long time I didn’t think it was a big deal. Like, I’m not hungry so surely it doesn’t matter that I’m not eating. But it is a big deal. And it’s one that might take a while to fix. Just like it might take a while before you see the damage of all those skipped meals.

My habit? Forgetting to eat. And who forgets to eat, right? Turns out: me.

I won’t get too technical, but skipping meals can cause a whole list of problems. From messing with your blood sugar, to slowing your metabolism, depleting your muscle mass, and tanking your energy levels, not fuelling your body regularly can cause quite the mess.

And yet, how often do I find myself in a position where it’s already 4pm and I’ve just realised that I haven’t eaten the whole day? Too often…

After acknowledging that I had to make some serious changes if I wanted my health and energy levels to improve, I knew that I would have to start with ensuring that I have breakfast every day. I’ve since found that my ideal is to eat immediately after waking. Of course, wanting to eat so early in the morning is something that I actually had to get into a habit of. Luckily, drinking my food has been a lot easier to deal with than actual eating and for this I am so grateful to Herbalife.

I know that even though there will probably still be days where I forget to eat, but at least if I stick to my habit of having my shake for breakfast I can be confident that I have at least given myself an essential nutrition boost for the day.

I am trying to break the habit though, and the 5 Day Challenges help a lot.

So I’m on my way to being a former meal skipper. And I know my body is thanking me for it.

Accountable Couples Cope Better

Do you know what one of the hardest things to do it? It’s hard being the only one in the house who is trying to eat better.

Let’s say, for example, that I have decided that I should start eating better, but the rest of my family is planning to carry on as normal. Now it’s burger day in the house. Don’t worry I’ll just eat the healthy parts of the meal. 

Uh…no…

Come suppertime and here you go honey, here’s your burger patty and lettuce garnish. (more…)

Are you up for a 5 Day Healthy Eating Challenge?

Definitely one of my favourite things happening at the Lifestyle Wellness Hub at St. George’s Park is the 5 Day Healthy Eating Challenges that are run by various members of the team. Every Monday a new challenge starts, and these challenges are a truly fun and easy way to help get folks started on their goals to live healthier lifestyles.

The best part about these challenges is that as much as they challenge you, they also kind of fit easily into your lifestyle. Run entirely on Whatsapp, they’re a low maintenance way to help you get where you want to be. And it works! (more…)