With the coronavirus pandemic and the various restrictions being put on our daily lives, including so many having to work from home and self-isolate, it is not an easy task to stay healthy and to avoid any weight gain.
The best thing you can do for your body especially over this time of uncertainty and stress is to avoid foods rich in refined sugar, sugary drinks, and stimulants as these may increase your risk of obesity, increase blood sugar levels, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and increase anxiety and depression.
Fast foods, fried and processed foods are often high in saturated fats and could cause weight and heart problems, as well as raised blood pressure, putting you in danger for stroke and heart attacks.
These are high in sodium and unhealthy fats which contribute to arterial stiffening and may put you at risk of developing heart disease or diabetes.
Potato chips or crisps
These are filled with sodium, fat and have no nutritional value because they are highly processed. Try a vegetable alternative such as sweet potato or kale chips or gluten-free crackers.
These are filled with sugar and artificial flavouring. A good alternative is Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit. Spend up to thirty minutes every day being quiet.
Ascencao also suggests that people exercise for a minimum of thirty minutes each day, do activities that nourish the body, avoid excessive stress and aim for eight hours of sleep at night, and connect with people in or outside the house by making phone calls.
In other news – Ntsiki Mazwai’s letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa shocks Mzansi
Former journalist and anti-apartheid activist Thami Mazwai has distanced himself and his wife from a scathing open letter written by his daughter Ntsiki to president Cyril Ramaphosa. Thami said he was “disappointed and shocked” at his daughter’s letter which accused Ramaphosa of among others “appeasing the white master” and “putting money ahead of your own people”. “I believe that all of you are aware of the high esteem in which I personally hold our government,” Thami said.
“The efforts by President Ramaphosa and his colleagues show their commitment to our people. I thus, on behalf of my wife and I distance us from the comments by Ntsiki.” He labelled his daughter’s comments as “not only unfortunate but uncalled for in a situation in which all of us must hold hands. Read more