Frozen vegies are less nutritious than fresh
BUSTED – The Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA for those in the know) weighed in on this one and found that frozen vegies are an equally nutritious substitution when fresh veg is not an option. To keep all nutrients intact, be sure to steam frozen veg as opposed to boiling which can cause nutrients to be leached into the water.
Vitamin C wards off colds
BUSTED – Many years of debate and studies have still not found a link between vitamin C and the common cold. HOWEVER – while people who take vitamin C supplements can still catch a cold, there is evidence to suggest symptoms may be milder.
Eggs are bad for your heart
BUSTED – While eggs do contain some fat, they are a great source of Omega 3, good quality proteins, vitamins and minerals. According to the Heart Foundation, eggs are low in saturated fats that lead to increased cholesterol levels, so four to five in your weekly diet is unlikely to be harmful.
Eating late is bad for you
BUSTED – Nutritionists all seem to agree that it doesn’t matter what time of day you eat, as long as you don’t consume over your daily recommended intake of kilojoules. Late night eating gets a bad rap because by the evening most people have usually eaten three meals and are at risk of over-indulging!
6 small meals are better than 2 big ones
BUSTED – You may have heard that eating smaller meals throughout the day is a safe way to lose weight. Unfortunately it’s completely false. An American study found that eating two large nutritious meals and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a faster method of decreasing one’s body mass index.
Brown bread is better than white bread
BUSTED – If you eat brown bread because it’s healthier take a look at the ingredients list and see if it contains any colours. The brown colour could be due to colouring agents that do not increase nutritional value. Opt instead for wholegrain bread, rich in fibre and nutrients.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day
BUSTED – We blame the bottled water companies for this one. Despite not being a medical recommendation it seems everyone is aware of this myth. Rather than forcing yourself to hydrate in such a way, drink water when you first wake up, during exercise and whenever you’re thirsty.
Dried fruit is a healthy snack
BUSTED – Don’t get us wrong, dried fruit is a much healthier alternative to typical snacks but that doesn’t mean they are ok to binge on. Dried fruit has all of the sugars of regular fruit but with none of the water, so if you can’t keep your serving size to a minimum it’s probably better to have fresh fruit instead.
Red wine is good for you
TRUE – Hallelujah! It will never pack as much goodness as fresh vegetables but a glass of red wine a week can raise the level of good cholesterol which can prevent heart attacks. Red wine also contains resveratrol which has been linked to preventing diabetes, Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer.
Did any of these surprise you? If so it’s time for you to go and find the person who told you otherwise and tell them to stop spreading these lies!
Do you often find yourself checking the time on a Sunday evening, shaking your head and asking “Where did the weekend go?” Let’s face it – it can be difficult to fit the right balance of rest and recreation into two days. Here are some of our favourite tips to make your 48 hours of freedom count!
Get outside of your bubble next weekend by taking a daytrip. Give yourself some destination inspiration by setting aside some time to make a daytrip box. Fill a box/hat/jar with names of places you’d like to daytrip to and pick one out at random on a Friday night. Your weekend will be much more satisfying with the addition of an out of town adventure, even if it’s just for a day.
Do the boring stuff first.
For fulltime workers, the weekend unfortunately can become a time dedicated to running errands leaving little space for rest and recreation. Our advice? Get these tasks out of the way as soon as possible. Spend Friday night or Saturday morning doing anything that need to get done. You won’t have to worry about them again and you’ll still have the rest of your weekend ahead of you.
Make Friday night count.
As we mentioned before Friday night is a great time to get things done. Take advantage of the time between finishing work and Saturday morning by planning your weekend or giving it any early start. Is there something you need to prepare for? Do it Friday night. No plans for the weekend? Go out for dinner and drinks, see a movie or whatever you want to do to start your weekend early.
Perhaps the weather is no good or maybe you just can’t get away, there is no need to call the weekend a write off. Before you call it a day, consider bringing up the mood by doing a spot of cooking. Whether you whip up a Sunday roast or make some meals for the week, cooking is one of the most rewarding ways you can spend you weekend indoors.
Stay away from the TV.
Binging on Netflix or smashing out video game achievements are a tempting way to spend the weekend, but ultimately they can play a huge part in asking yourself where your weekend went. If you identify with this, try abstaining from using the TV over the weekend – you might be surprised with how much more time you have.
Master the art of fitting all the action you can into your weekend, to make sure you start Monday relieved and refreshed. If you’re desperate you could start planning to move somewhere with a four day work week. Until then, be thankful you don’t live in Mexico or Nepal where the average worker has only a one day weekend!