Eating on the run or while looking for that ‘must have' gift on your kids wish
list often means processed, packaged food or unhealthy options from the food court. A steady diet of whole grains, calcium,
fruit, vegetables and protein will fuel you and provide nutrition to keep your immune system healthy. Eating breakfast kick
starts your metabolism and gives you energy so you are not running on empty.
If you have a busy day ahead, start with plenty of protein and carbohydrates to give you energy such
as an egg on a whole grain bagel or steel cut oats & fruit from the slow cooker, then tuck a yogurt and banana in your
bag as you head out.
If you are eating on
the run over meal time try some of these fast meals on the go that can be prepared in minutes and are
I know, I know . . so much to do, so little time. As the holidays
get closer and time ticks away we often give up precious minutes of sleep in lieu of wrapping one more gift or baking one
more batch of cookies. This can lead to a depleted energy store, a compromised immune system and a few days of nursing a
cold on the couch!!
Sleep allows time for
muscles to repair and energy to be restored. 7-9 hours of sleep helps your immune system to stay strong to fight off viruses.
Make sure you get enough quality sleep by avoiding caffeine, large meals or strenuous exercise a few hours before bedtime
and include healthy foods as well as fresh air during the day so you sleep easier at night.
Not the ‘running-through-the-mall' kind, the increased heart rate, starting to sweat kind!
Exercising everyday will put you in a better mood, boost your
immune system, reduce stress, help you sleep better, improve muscle strength, energy and endurance levels and all round make
you a healthier and happier person! Fit in 30 minutes everyday whether it is as simple as taking the stairs multiple times
at your office building, walking the dog or chasing the kids at the park. A few minutes a day can boost your health in so
It's cold & flu season and if you want to avoid catching
all the viruses the kids bring home from school, you need your immune defenses up! A multi-vitamin will help, but ensuring
you have enough of these immune boosting supplements can mean the difference between running out to a Christmas party or running
out of tissues!
A growing body of research is showing that Vitamin D is important in reducing risk of cancers, autoimmune
diseases, cardiovascular disease and improving immune function which fights off viruses to keep you healthy. Many multivitamins
do contain Vitamin D but may not contain enough. Read your labels and maybe consider a Vitamin D supplement to ensure you are getting enough of this important
immune boosting vitamin.
Research shows omega 3's play an important role in cardiovascular, eye and
brain health, inflammation, depression, age related macular degeneration and dementia. Recently new studies have shown that
supplementing with omega 3 can greatly increase the activation and number of cells responsible for fighting off disease and
therefore can help strengthen your immune system.
3's are deemed essential fats, are known as alpha linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid
(EPA). ALA is found only in plants and flax, flax seed and chia. DHA and EPA come from fish sources like small cold-water
fish (anchovies, sardines, and mackerel) and most seafood. To get enough Omega 3 DHA + EPA, a supplement should be considered if fish is not a staple at your
And For Energy - B Vitamins
The family of 8 water soluble B Vitamins convert the food you
eat into energy for movement, basic body functions and making red blood cells which transport oxygen throughout the body.
They are key when it comes to energy and helping you keep up with a busy holiday schedule! Look for B-Complex and B12 supplements to keep you going.
Eat, sleep, get active and take your vitamins for a healthy holiday season!