Summer is the season of socializing, as companies and schools start to wind down just as the festive season picks up. During this period, people attend numerous celebrations from weddings to company year-end parties and everything in between. However, this busy-ness can soon turn to burn-out, thanks to seasonal overindulgence.
“Staying refreshed, energetic and healthy whilst navigating your busy summer schedules can be difficult. It can seem like the temptations are stacked against you — backyard braais, bottomless ice cream and endless Happy Hours— but it is possible to establish a healthier routine and better eating pattern, that will leave you feeling invigorated all through summer,” says Vanessa Sew Chung Hong, Group Marketing Executive at Vital Health Foods.
Sew Chung Hong believes that staying active, mindful eating and strategic supplementation can help ensure that you feel and look your best throughout summer.
Mindful eating & healthy snacking
When you are hungry and short of time it’s easy to quickly reach for the most convenient snack, but snacks that are high in sugar, trans fats, and salt offer little to no health benefit.
“When purchasing snacks, it’s important to check the label to ensure that you are not being duped, adds Sew Chung Hong. “Certain snacks are passed off as healthy but contain a host of unhealthy additives.
“As all snacks are not created equal, opt for the smarter option such as Vital’s air-popped rice cakes and crisps which are gluten-free and contain no preservatives, added MSG or trans-fat.”
To avoid overeating when enjoying larger meals, practise mindful eating and chew your food slowly. This will enable you to feel satisfied more quickly.
Supplement your summer
With summer being a sociable time, it often involves more indulgence than usual. Supplements – while not a substitute for a balanced diet – can fill the nutritional gaps during this time, helping you get the vitamins and minerals you need to feel and look your best.
“A daily multivitamin combined with a healthy lifestyle can optimize your nutritional intake and help maintain general health and wellbeing,” Sew Chung Hong adds. Vital Health Foods’ Gold Active Multivitamin’s formula boosts physical energy, supports mental performance, and helps promote a balanced lifestyle.
This combination has been newly reformulated and contains 22 active ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, and ginseng to boost energy and to also help you stay sharp – no matter the challenge.
Be active and stay hydrated
Whether you are enjoying a vacation at a faraway destination or staying at home, look for ways to be more active. Whether it’s exploring around the city or a simple hike, taking at least 30 minutes out of the day to be active can go a long way in staying healthy this summer.
“Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and limit sugary carbonated beverages. If you have the urge to drink something with flavor, try fruit-infused water.
“Health has become a lifestyle priority, and as South Africa’s leading vitamin and health supplement manufacturer, Vital Health Foods is committed to giving customers solutions which will help them make healthier choices for the whole family,” concludes Sew Chung Hong.
Call the Customer Care line on 0800 22 33 11 visit https://www.vital.co.za/ for any queries.