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Reliance Top Tips to a Healthy and Happy Easter!
Missy Tysoe March 24, 2016

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In general practice the most common time to see patients suffering acute illness (cold & flu, gastro) is around Christmas and Easter. This happens for a variety of reasons; less sleep, more stress with a busy schedule, and of course excess consumption of nutritional nasties like sugar.

Too much sugar can slow down your immune defence and leave you susceptible to illness. The high GI in chocolate can lead to a spike in insulin levels, which can leave you feeling lethargic and groggy.

Here are some tips for keeping your health on track this Easter;

  • Plan your meals ahead to avoid binging, and try to fill up on wholefoods like fresh meat and veges before you get to dessert.
  • If you really want to eat that chocolate egg, eat in moderation and try waiting 15-20 minutes after a meal for your brain to catch up to your stomach.
  • Keep active – play some games with the family. Exercise will help to balance the spike in your blood sugar from the sweets. Plus in the long-term, exercise reduces the risk of almost all chronic disease including heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes.  Did you know it takes about 20 minutes of exercise to work off an small 17g hollow easter egg? An innocent looking hot-cross bun will take about an hour of intense physical activity to burn off!
  • Substitute, substitute, substitute. This way you won’t feel like you are missing out.

Here are some substitute ideas to give your body the nutrients it needs, without compromising on taste.

Chocolate Eggs: Dark chocolate, carob chocolate, or hollow eggs instead of filled. Try these wholefood recipes created by our very own nutritionist Nicole Saliba, “Sweet Stuff” dessert recipes can be found here including; Choc-Chia Cookies, Paleo Cohcolate Cookies, GF Tahini balls, Low GI Muesli Cookies, and Choc-bit Bliss Balls.

Choc dipped strawberries: Fruit kebabs (chopped fruit on a skewer – great for entertaining)

Cream: Natural Yoghurt

Cheese & Nibbles: Waldorf Salad, Apple pomegranate salad, kale and walnut pesto recipe available here.

Caramelised Pork Belly: Roast Pork and seasoned Veges. Other main recipes are available on the eat-sense website

Apple Pie: Our nutritionist-certified Apple Berry Crumble recipe

 

Reliance wishes you and your family a happy and healthy Easter!

We would like to remind you that Reliance GP Super Clinic will be open every day over the easter weekend, from 7AM – 10PM. To make an appointment call 0243 041 333 or book online at www.reliancehealth.com.au

In addition, our Radiology will be open for x-rays this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 12PM – 3PM.

Image: wellnourished.com.au

Melissa Tysoe | Marketing & Events | Reliance GP Super Clinic

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