I promise, this one is going to be short and sweet. Did I hear a sigh of relief? Seriously though, 2012 has been a particularly tough year for South Africans and we can all do with a little time-out to recover and gather all our marbles together again, especially me!
As we head for the holidays we need to plan not only for a happy, restful Christmas and festive season, but a healthy one too! Hopefully we can enjoy all the good things that are on offer this year, and somehow escape the evidence that tends to pile on the hips, together with the guilt that seems to stick with it. It’s perfectly true that planning ahead NOT to put on weight is a whole lot more effective than trying to lose it later.
Keeping the kilos off
Some ideas that may help:
Before you sit down to your meal drink a really big glass of water. This will give you a fuller feeling and encourage you to eat smaller portions.
“Sample” your food rather than ladling it on in vast quantities. You will be amazed at how eating a smaller amount very slowly has the same effect in terms of feeling full afterwards as a big meal does. Your brain takes around 20 minutes to register that you’re full anyway, so take it slowly.
Have a healthy appetizer before the main meal. A salad or a bowl of soup helps take the edge off your appetite quite successfully so you desire less of the main course.
Don't go out to dinner with a ravenous appetite. Eat something (not too much) at least 2-3 hours before you go. This will help keep your blood sugar normal so that you don't feel starved or full when you get there.
Make sure you have protein with your meals – it’s a great filler, and doesn’t put on weight the way carbs do.
Mum was right – "eat your vegetables" and "chew your food slowly"? These two tips are surprisingly effective. Vegetables have a lot of fibre which fills you up faster and they’re full of vitamins and minerals which satisfies the body’s need for healthy nutrition so you don’t want more than you need. Chewing your food slowly breaks it up thoroughly so that your digestive system can process it more efficiently, and digestive problems are non-existent or at least limited.
If indulging in alcohol give your liver a better chance of coping by taking a good dose of vitamins B and buffered vitamin C before you go out and when you return, and add a liver detoxing supplement containing cleansing herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion. Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink you imbibe.
Lastly, a little bit of activity after a big meal keeps your metabolism going and helps you digest more of the nutrients thus preventing excess food being stored as fat.
Assist your loved ones by giving them healthy, organic and wholesome gifts rather than “treat” them with chocolates, baked goods from the store or sugar-loaded drinks that bring on ill health and obesity. This will show them that you really care!
Christmas Gift idea of the year!
I’ve waited many months, years actually, for Nutritional Therapist Heidi du Preez to complete a revised edition of her excellent “Naturally Nutritious Wholefood Cookbook”. Finally it is available and I cannot think of a better gift for you to give yourself or a family member or friend. Filled with over 100 recipes, giving plenty of gluten-, wheat- sugar- and dairy-free options, using only fresh, wholefood, unprocessed ingredients and all tested by experienced chef Karen Tilney, it is set to become an instant favourite. The book is also jam-packed with nutritional information as Heidi imparts her knowledge of how to make the right food choices to stay healthy. I am thrilled to have the book back on my product list retailing at R195. A limited number of copies have been printed for the Christmas season so be sure not to lose out and place your order with me asap. You can read more about this book here where you will even be able to page through its glossy pages.
The October issue of SA Journal of Natural Medicine featured two testimonials of smokers who quit smoking with the help of Vice-Breaker and since then stock has flown out of here. Although my new shipment from Canada is on its way it may not get here in time for Christmas if there are the usual shipping delays common at this time of the year. I have very few bottles left of current stock still going at a discounted rate of 10% off and free speed post so anyone still wishing to order before the festive season needs to be quick. For smokers planning to make a New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking for the umpteenth time, Vice-Breaker could be just the right thing to ensure this is for the last time. Unfortunately due to the shocking exchange rate a price increase on Vice-Breaker when current stock is depleted is unavoidable.
Price increase on fish oil
Worse news is that the price of fish oil will increase dramatically as from Jan 2013 and this not only because of the exchange rate. The manufacturers in Canada of our See Yourself Well and Life Support brands have been informed that fish oil prices will rise by 20% due to an immense shortage. Apparently fishing quotas in the Peruvian seas have been reached. I am all for fishing quotas and thrilled to see they’re actually being enforced, so will not complain. I promise that in spite of the price increase next year the health benefits are still worth every cent. Get your orders in asap if you still want omega-3 at the old price.
Which brings me to our Festive Season Special:
Festive Season Specials
It's not all bad news! I still have enough Life Support Omega-3 in stock to be able to offer you a 20% discount on this brand until 31 January 2013. Remember this is the omega-3 capsule with the enteric coating so that it only breaks down when it reaches the small intestine. This is great for those with a compromised digestive system who experience a fishy after-taste or burp when they consume fish oil supplements. Price is normally R330 for 150 capsules but on this special R264. The offer expires end January but the fish oil only has an expiry date of Nov 2013. So why not grab 2 bottles while the going is good?
The new DHA Essentials is not moving fast enough because Omega-3 addicts still need to appreciate the value of this little capsule. The capsule is small enough for those who struggle to swallow the larger fish oil capsules and tasty enough for kiddies to chew. The EFA content has been bumped up to 219mg DHA and 36 mg EPA. This is the perfect omega-3 supplement for preggy moms and children because DHA is for the brain and nervous system development of the foetus and for growing children. Great for scholars of all ages too and for adults wanting to ward off "Old Timers" syndrome. Festive Season Special on this is also 20% off until 31 January 2013. So R236 for 120 capsules instead of R295 and present stock only expires Mar 2015.
Postage is not included in the above specials on omega-3 supplements.
Signing off for 2012
Right, I said I would keep this short so all that remains is for me to thank you for your loyal support over the past year. I hope you have enjoyed reading most of what I have written in my extensive newsletters. Remember Christmas is not about slogging in the kitchen or standing in long queues in the shops buying gifts that you’re not sure the recipient needs or wants. My family is doing something different this year: we’re avoiding shopping by either making or doing something for each other and we’re all enjoying the excitement and build up to Christmas. For friends I am shopping online.
I’ll be away on and off in December but for the most part still available to take your orders provided I have the supplements you need in stock. If you are wanting to order the Naturally Nutritious Wholefood Cookbookas a Christmas present please get your order in asap. Postage is an extra R25 and R65 for speed post.
All that is left for me now is to wish you and your loved ones a blessed and restful festive season. If you’re traveling anywhere please take care and come back safely. And remember the universal and powerful Law of Gratitude states very simply,
“The more grateful you are for what you have, the more abundance you will attract into your life.”
Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org