Avocados are Awesome

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!

A Small Change for Better Health: Take your own food to work

Instead of allowing your midday hunger to dictate what you grab from the deli for sustenance at lunchtime, why not rather pack your lunch in the morning? That way you can control what you’re ingesting instead of leaving it up to fate and cravings. You might even consider having a Herbalife Shake for lunch, coupled with protein snacks for your tea breaks.

Contact us for more information on the benefits of meal replacement shakes.

A Few More Tips for Better Sleep

We discussed last week that sometimes it takes a little effort to establish a good sleeping routine. Elusive sleep can be an absolute drain on your energy levels and after a while you might start to feel like you’re going just a little bit mad. Not ideal. There are some things that you can do to help

Here are some more sleeping tips to try to make sure that you get those 8 hours in!

  1. Don’t Toss and Turn – If you still haven’t fallen asleep after twenty minutes of trying it might be best to turn the light back on and do a bit of reading until you’re ready to fall asleep again. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for a night of tossing and turning which is most certainly not ideal.
  2. Keep the Bedroom Optimised for Sleep – Remove the television and other electronics and keep your bedroom a tech-free zone. This reinforces the idea that your bedroom is for sleeping and your body will condition itself to that idea.
  3. Limit Your Alcohol Intake – While alcohol might help you fall asleep, once the depressive effect wears off it may have the opposite effect and cause you to wake instead.
  4. Nap Less – Of course it makes sense that struggling to sleep at night can lead to needing to nap during the day, but napping may disrupt your sleep cycle so if you’re having a problem sleeping you might need to consider forcing yourself to skip the afternoon siestas.
  5. Try to Avoid Sleeping Tablets – If they’re unavoidable, work alongside your doctor to figure out how to use them effectively and for as little time as possible.

Do you have any sleeping tips?

5 Tips For Better Sleep

We all know that good sleep is essential to our overall wellbeing, and yet for so many of us sleep can be an elusive little rat, leaving us staring wide-eyed at dark ceilings until the early hours of the morning, and then refusing to leave once the alarm goes off. We do, however, tend to often leave our sleeping patterns to chance. So much care is taken when it comes to preparing the foods that fuel our bodies, and time is carved out for the activities we take part in to ensure that our bodies remain strong and fit. Perhaps it is time to do the same for our sleeping patterns.

Here are some quick tips for a better night’s sleep:

  1. Watch Your Diet – Make sure that you go to bed neither hungry nor too full. Both states may contribute to keeping you awake.
  2. Cut Down on the Caffeine – While coffee might be helping you wake up in the morning, it could also be contributing to keeping you up at night. Try to limit you caffeine intake after lunch and see if it makes a difference to your sleep schedule.
  3. Reconsider the Smoking – Aside from the obvious health risks related to the consumption of nicotine, it can also keep you awake at night.
  4. Stick to a Consistent Sleep Schedule – A sleep schedule will train your brain to be tired at the right time of day. It’s important to continue waking and going to bed at the same night on a daily basis, even on weekends.
  5. Exercise Daily – As little as a twenty minute walk in the early evenings can make a huge difference to your night’s sleep.

The smallest changes can make a big difference when it comes to a good night’s sleep.

Good luck, and sleep tight…

4 Ways to Add More Water to your Daily Diet

We all know that water is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle and yet it often seems to be where a lot of us slip up the most. There are many reasons for why we aren’t managing this water necessity, but there are luckily also a few changes that we can make to improve our water intake with minimal effort.

1. Have it with you

There is something about the immediate availability of water that automatically leads to a higher water intake. It’s there so you drink it. It really is as simple as that. Whether it’s on your desk in a jug or you’re carrying it around in a bottle, the mere presence of water will make a difference to how much you consume in a day.

2. Make it taste better

Many of us don’t really love the taste of water. No problem! Add a couple of slices of lemon to your water. Or strawberries or oranges or even apple slices. The natural flavours might make all the difference to you. You could also add a splash of Herbal Aloe. Not only will this product help to replenish your electrolytes and boost your vitamin c but it is also calorie free.

3. Eat your water

You can ingest a high amount of water by simply adding more real foods to your diet. Watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers and all sorts of other fruits and veggies have a very high percentage of water in them.

4. Drink more tea

As long as you aren’t adding copious amounts of sugar and other bad additives, a nice cup of herbal tea a few times a day is a great way to up your water content. Herbalife teas such as the Thermojetics Herbal Concentrate will give you the added benefit of aiding in weight loss and the NRG tea is great at easing mental fatigue and giving you a bit more energy.

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