Christmas is fast approaching! We’re pleased to share exciting news, a feature in Playtimes magazine that includes Health Nation’s expert tips on how to enjoy a healthy holiday, and advice to ensure the joyful season is stress-free!
We’re stoked to welcome Joe McLean, our first male Health Coach, to the team! With a BSc. in Exercise Nutrition and Health and an extended diploma in sports and health, Joe’s specialist areas include sports nutrition, nutrition and cardiovascular health, weight management, pregnancy & early life microbial exposure.
Joe is ready and waiting to help you realize your health and wellness goals! Contact him here.
The ultimate Christmas Gift
Some gifts are good for Christmas; others are great for a lifetime. Give your nearest and dearest a forever-gift this festive season: optimal health, happiness and balance.
If you’ve watched a loved one struggle with health issues, excess weight or unhealthy cravings, a consultation with one of our health coaches is THE perfect present to get them looking and feeling their best in 2018.
Contact us here to purchase a one-to-one tailored programme your loved ones will truly appreciate!
12 (Days of) Christmas rules to survive “The most wonderful stressful time of the year…”
It's that time of year again! T’is the season to be jolly! The Christmas trees are up, children are finishing off their notes to Santa, and loved ones across the globe are preparing to reconnect over a full-on festive feast.
Let’s be honest, though: the season isn’t all fun and games. End-of-year deadlines are looming, Christmas shopping is anything but relaxing (remember, we’ve got you covered on that front!), and spending time with ‘those’ relatives is the last thing you really want to do. Then there’s all the rich food, excess alcohol and the need for everything to be picture perfect. It’s no wonder some people rate Christmas as more stressful than moving house or being burgled!
Here’s our gift to you: twelve tips to help you leave the stress behind to not only survive but thrive during the festive season!
T’is the season for cranberries
We’ve got two delicious recipes to share with you in the lead up to Christmas. Both contain our all-time festive favourite: the cranberry.
Five times (yes five times!) the antioxidant capacity of broccoli, cranberries are brimming with nutrients. They counteract free radicals, support the body’s immune and detoxification systems, lower cholesterol and work hard in the fight against cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. According to research, three servings of cranberry juice per day can increase blood levels of antioxidants by up to 121%. Renowned for treating urinary infections, they also inhibit the growth of bacteria Helicobacter pylori in the digestive tract and fight viral infections and the flu.
Humble in size yet huge in flavour and benefits, cranberries are great for boosting your immune system when you’re partying away.
Throw them in smoothies and salads, use them to make salad dressings and sauces, or just eat them raw with nuts as a delicious and healthful snack. Try to buy organic where possible. When drinking juice ensure it is at least 20% undiluted and unsweetened. If you prefer it sweeter, add a drop of stevia to taste.
Cranberry Orange Relish with a Spice of Ginger
Based on recipe by Diane Morgan from Fine Cooking, modified by HN’s culinary expert, Yelena Zakharova.
This versatile relish is more tart than sweet and goes well with turkey, beef or chicken. Any leftovers can be used in muffins, stuffing, or breakfast. Healthy, delicious and nutritious, cranberries are full of anti-oxidants. So good, and so quick and easy-to-make!
Refreshing Leftovers Festive Salad
This is perfect when you want something light after indulging in the festive goodies but have leftovers to use up.
And that’s not all from our resident master-chef!
Health Nation in the News
This month, Playtimes magazine invited us to share our top tips to enjoy a healthy, happy winter holiday. Read it here!
From all of us at Health Nation, have a happy, healthy Christmas!