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How to overcome boredom snacking?

Many of you may find yourselves making lots of trips to fridge during this stressful period! It’s very likely that you’re experiencing more frequent food cravings.  This constant grazing and munching will only result in gradual weight gain especially given the sharp drop in your activity level. It’s not usual for this to happen at a time when you’re bored and looking for distractions.  You’re probably spending plenty of time indoors with reduced exposure to daylight.  Stress levels are up and vitamin D levels are down, and many of you are turning to sweet snacks to lift your mood and your blood sugar levels.   How to overcome boredom snacking? 1) Create a daily routine for yourself at home that involves set meal times and…

COVID-19

There’s lots of talk these days about the importance of hand-washing but not enough pointers on how our diet can also help in the battle against infections.It’s really important that we try to keep our immune system in top shape these days. We should all be doing everything we can to protect ourselves and families from COVID-19. There’s no better way than to start by improving our diets and lifestyle habits. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS To HELP: 1) Watch your sugar intake Avoid processed sugar and white flour as they can suppress the immune system. Replace them with naturally sweetened snacks in small quantities instead. Check out our Yola Energy Bombs & Bombs for a healthier sweet alternatives https://www.bodyblockseg.com/everyday-shop/yola/ 2) De-stress & sleep well…

BLOG : 8 Healthy Eating Tips for Ramadan

Managing our blood sugar levels is key to maintaining our energy levels throughout the day.  This becomes especially important to those fasting Ramadan. Right before we break our fast, our blood sugar levels tend to drop to its lowest level, given the lack of food intake over many hours. Consumption of sugary foods, having too much to eat at once, or eating too quickly, causes blood sugar level to spike.  This can be dangerous. Our body responds by working hard to bring down sugar level fast, which may lead to a feeling of tiredness or reduced energy after meals. Here are a few ways to maintain our energy levels:  1) Include adequate fibre, protein and healthy fats with each meal to facilitate the food digestion…

BLOG: 6 Tips to Buy Better Yogurt

Yogurt has been a staple of healthy diets since as far as we can remember- and for good reason! The protein, probiotic (good gut bacteria) and low-calorie content makes it the haven of healthy breakfasts and suppers. However, navigating the yogurt aisle of your grocery store can be confusing due to the huge variety we find on the stands. Here’s our guide to find out what to look for and what to avoid when shopping for healthy yogurt! Let’s start with the basics: Read the label and keep it simple Although all yogurts start out as plain yogurt, they often contain lots of added ingredients like sugar, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Aim to choose a yogurt with only a few ingredients listed- milk, the…

What is Intermittent Fasting? Here’s a Beginner’s Guide …

What if we told you that one of the answers to losing weight, improving body composition, and feeling better isn’t just about dieting, but instead leaving large gaps between eating every once in a while? For some, intermittent fasting, or going a longer periods of time without eating (usually between 14 and 36 hours) can be a lot easier than you may think. And the benefits may certainly be worth it. Think about it.  We “fast” every single day, during our sleep. Intermittent fasting means extending the fasting period, and being more conscious of our overall eating schedule. But first you must determine whether it’s right for you, and BodyBlocks will help you do just that. It’s important to note that IF is NOT suitable during pregnancy,…

8 Ways to Cope with Water Retention

The holiday season can be a time for more than usual late night dinners and indulgent foods. It’s common for this to be followed by experiencing things like weight gain, puffy eyes, swollen fingers, face, ankles, stomach, arms.  This may all mean that you’re probably retaining water. What exactly is water retention? It’s a form of bloating that mostly involves the circulatory system and the lymphatic system that can be caused by a change in diet or elevated cortisol levels, hormone imbalances, dehydration, a sedentary lifestyle or other serious conditions. Here are a few simple home remedies on how to naturally deal with and prevent water retention: Dry brushing (aka scrubbing dry skin with a hard-bristled brush) Dry brushing works by stimulating the lymphatic system….

Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season

It’s time to start looking forward to Christmas, winter break and New Year’s — all of which are occasions of celebration.  However, the festive season can also bring about some challenges to our physical and emotional health. BodyBlocks would like to help you make sure this doesn’t happen.   Here’s how: Enjoy your food slowly  It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to communicate with the brain that you’ve had enough to Eat, so go slow.  Take small bites, and savor the flavors. If you stop eating once you’re satisfied, you’ll avoid that uncomfortable full belly and sluggishness. Eat your vegetables By making sure that your holiday food stock has plenty of clean eating veggies, you’ll be sure to have something to fill up on that…

Winter Is Coming! 

We believe that prevention is better cure.  Fortunately winters in Egypt are mild but it’s still advised to take charge of your immunity at the beginning of the season in order to try to minimize exposure to unwanted winter colds and flus. BodyBlocks has some helpful pointers on how nutrition can help you get ready for wintertime.   Vitamin D Lack of vitamin D has been linked to a higher risk of coming down with the flu. Boost your immunity by exposing yourself to the sun (before 11:00 am) or in afternoon (after 3:00 pm) to avoid sunburn.  Expose your face, arms and hands to the sun without sunscreen for about 10 minutes in summer and around 15-20 minutes in the cooler months. Consume vitamin D rich…

Is coffee good for you?

Like many things in health and nutrition, when it comes to coffee, the answer to “is coffee healthy or not?” is: it depends on each individual person and their body’s chemistry. But some absolutes will always remain true for all of us: artificial sweeteners, sugar, and especially hydrogenated, sugar-laden processed creamer are not good for us and should be avoided. So are the downfalls of drinking coffee bad enough to outweigh its benefits? Let’s take a look. Coffee can be potentially harmful in a number of ways: Addiction: Consuming the same substance every single day can lead to dependence and going a day without it will trigger symptoms of withdrawal. Solution? Try to stay within 1-2 coffee cups per day and try not to turn...

Summer is Almost Over

As summer is almost over, we gradually start coming back to Cairo with mixed feelings. Even though back to routine may seem dull for some, many are excited to get back on track with their workouts and healthy eating habits. Summer had proven to be a challenge for many with the endless temptations on the beach, daily parties and social gatherings till dawn. As we gradually get closer to the end of August, we are slowly seeing our clients filling out their forms and gradually booking online. Some are eager to get back on track again while others are waiting till after the Eid to get serious. Gyms and classes are slowly being filled after a month of complete silence! Whether you decide to start...
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