The mornings and evenings are getting darker and cooler each day: winter is on its way. There’s no need to feel blue, however, if you follow our simple tips to protect your health when the temperatures drop.
Although South African winters are generally mild, they can still affect your health if you’re not prepared. Less sunlight can make you lethargic, while reduced vitamin D intake increases your risk of flu. Eggs and oily fish are excellent sources of this “sunshine vitamin”, or you could top up with a supplement.
Regular exercise – especially during daylight hours – will boost your mood and help you sleep better. Which of course, will raise your energy levels. Maintaining your friendships and treating yourself to a massage have both been shown to help your immune system – combine the two by going to the spa with friends.
To calm carb cravings in cold weather, enjoy a protein-packed breakfast and keep healthy snacks within reach during the day. Make sure you’re getting plenty of soluble fibre (gluten-free oats and apples are great sources) to decrease cold weather inflammation and eat as many healthful winter veggies as you can.
Paying it forward can also involve doing something for your community, like picking up litter in your street to make the environment more pleasant for everyone. You could also volunteer to help at a community event like a fun run.
If you’re fortunate enough to have wonderful friends, why not pay the gift of friendship forward by spending time with someone who lives near you and who may be lonely? Or pay forward the gift of your health and vitality by taking a dog for a walk.
We’d really like to start a conversation about paying it forward, so please do share your ideas on our Facebook page and we’ll highlight the best of them here. One lovely idea we came across was a restaurant called the Karma Kitchen where patrons have their meals paid for by someone who already ate there.
In turn, they’re encouraged to pay for someone else’s future meal. Maybe that could work for Leafy Greens – let us know what you think? Working and living here on the farm, we really do feel blessed and we’re always looking for new ways to show our gratitude.
Here are some more wonderful pay it forward ideas: Buy a coffee for the person in front of or behind you in the line; Learn the names of the security, reception and cleaning people you see every day and greet them; If you know some stressed parents, offer to babysit so that they can go on a date night; Surprise a colleague with fresh muffins (there’s a great recipe here); If you’re buying pet food, buy some extra for your local animal shelter; Organise a clean-up party at your local park or beach; Give a friend a break from the school run by driving their kids to school.
The Leafy Greens shop now stocks GENEROSITY Water, a new South African bottled water that’s not only good for you, but can help improve lives in impoverished communities.
GENEROSITY Water is a premium alkaline water, with a perfectly balanced pH of 10. The health benefits of drinking alkaline water include prevention of acid reflux, and reduce bloodstream acidity, which results in increased energy levels and improved metabolism.
GENEROSITY Water is also generous to people – part of the proceeds from each bottle sold will be used to provide clean water to two people for a month. Even the bottles are 100% BPA-free and completely recyclable.
GENEROSITY Water. Drink. Give. Live Generously.
One of our favourite quotes comes from John Sawhill: “A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy”. We have a unique opportunity to pass a healthy, living planet on to our children – or we can carry on consuming and wasting the Earth’s resources at terrifying speed.
Recycling is part of the solution, which is why we’re more than happy to receive any glass and plastic for recycling at the Leafy Greens Stall at Bryanston Organic Market. Pop in for a plant-based snack or meal, drop off your recyclables, and we’ll take care of the rest.
You’ll find Bryanston Organic Market at 40 Culross Road, on Thursdays and Saturdays from 09h00 to 15h00. It’s a delicious destination that should definitely be in your dining diary!
Recycling is totally in keeping with our approach to life at Leafy Greens. We love to nurture the Earth, and be nourished in turn by the revitalising organic produce it gives us. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible on an exhausted, depleted planet, so we all need to look at what and how we consume.
In the same way that everything we eat affects our wellness, everything we take from or introduce into the environment has an impact on the health of the planet. It’s the only we’ve got, so we really should take better care of it.
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