January 2012

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter "A Healthier You"!

We like to keep in touch with great health information, such as articles, hints & tips, recipes and much more. We trust you will enjoy the unique content you will receive from us regularly. If you have any questions or feedback you can contact us by replying to this email.

Wishing you all the best,
Stephanie Banko

Health Goals

The New Year is already well under way and our New Year's Resolution is..., well, quite likely already forgotten. Although most of us probably spent some thought about new beginnings for the coming year, we’ve possibly fallen back into our daily routines, and all our good intentions are like a distant memory. If this sounds like you, don’t give up, you can have another go and start afresh!

We can re-think our resolutions and turn them into SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time lined) goals. Our goal of "getting healthy" is great but very hard to quantify. Instead, choose one aspect of your health to focus on and break your goal into small, realistic, but challenging steps. Strategically placed reminder notes can help you stay focused on each individual step. And don't forget: stay committed and do reward yourself on your achievements!

Stress & Diet

Going back to work after the holiday period can cause emotional stress which in turn takes a physical toll on the body. Stress causes an increase in the secretion of adrenal hormones such as cortisol. Antioxidants and B-Complex vitamins can help to combat the damage associated with these hormones.

Eating the wrong foods can make you feel tired, sluggish and irritable. Choosing the right foods not only supports the health of your body but also supports a healthy mood. Always keep in mind the mood-boosting effects of exercise as well!


Are you taking at least 10,000 steps a day? Walking is the most basic form of exercise but it can help lower the risk of coronary disease. Walking provides great support for increased circulation to the brain, heart and muscles. Get a pedometer and find out how many steps you take a day.

Mood & Energy

Walnuts are a perfect comfort food for your brain. They are energy dense, full of protein and provide you with omega-3 fatty acids. A few walnuts can help you boost energy when you need it.

It’s easy to set some achievable goals towards "a healthier you" given this simple information. Why not:
  • take a B complex or antioxidant with your breakfast cereal

  • buy a pedometer the next time you’re out shopping, or, if you have one, start counting those steps

  • buy some walnuts and the next time you feel like snacking on some chips or biscuits, have some walnuts instead!

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