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Published April 24th 2017
Got a cold? Try these places to get your body back on track
You know when winter is on its way when you walk through the local shopping centre and people are coughing into their tissues with one hand - whilst holding onto a Boost Juice with the other. I noticed this today, because I was one of them. When we get sick, we tend to start overloading our bodies with immunity-boosting juices, Vitamin C tablets and fruit and vegetables in order to give our bodies everything it needs - which unfortunately, is too little too late. If you're anything like me when you get a cold, you realise that you probably haven't been looking after yourself as well as you could have been, so it's not surprising that a lurgy has jumped on board. Eating healthily and exercising are the two most obvious ways to boost our immunity, with people also supplementing their diet with vitamins and alternative medicines. If you want to keep it simple and eat healthily over the winter months however, why not check out the following 5 venues which will give your body the cold-busting nutrients it needs...
1/ Juice Bars are a popular way to get multiple serves of fruit and vegetables back into your diet, fast. With Boost Juice and Top Juice both competing with each other on the market, they both offer a range of flavours and immunity boosters to add into your juice. Other options include Nutrition Station in Braddon and Thr1ve in the Canberra Centre, both with a whole range of delicious juice varieties to keep you healthy on the go. If you're visiting Cooleman Court, Freddy Frapples (opposite Woolworths) is a personal favourite. Also each weekend, when visiting the Farmers Markets (number 3 on this list), look out for local orchards who bottle up their own fresh juices, or juice them in front of you by the cup - you can't get any fresher!
2/ Healthy Cafes around the Capital are also making their own cold-pressed juices, which ensures the fibre and goodness is kept inside the juice. For example Local Press on the Kingston Foreshore and Penny University at Kingston shops, both have tasty juice options and healthy menu's. Eighty Twenty Cafe and Sweet Bones in Braddon are also popular cafes where people just stop in for a juice and healthy recharge. Blue Olive Cafe in the city has several juice choices available and Quizine in the south of Canberra has a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to juice together to give you everything you need - and more.
Local Press wholefood cafe on the Kingston Foreshore - the perfect place to eat healthily all year around
3/ Farmers Markets are a great way to stock up on pesticide-free and organic produce so you can eat healthily at home. In Canberra, the first farmers market of the weekend happens on a Friday night at the Farmers and Foodies Market at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston. Here you can pick up all your weekend needs in the one place and meet the growers who grew them. Over the weekend, the Capital Region Farmers Market (Saturday) and the Southside Farmers Market (Sunday) are the two largest markets, north and south of the city. Take a few recycle bags, buy a freshly squeezed orange juice and fill up your bags with healthy produce, to keep you on track for the rest of the season.
4/ Apple Farms are located at Pialligo, where you can buy fresh apples straight from the grower. When we live in Canberra we tend to forget that there is another fruit market on offer just a short drive from the city, near Canberra Airport. Although you can't pick them off the tree yourself, you can select your own from the apple shed, with usually a few varieties available. Two of the orchards are Kerrison's and Beltana Grange, both open between February and May for the season. The apples are particularly juicy and just oozing with vitamins. The age old saying of "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" must of originated from somewhere!
Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat at the Southside Farmers Market, Woden
5/ The Great Outdoors is the last venue on this list, as nothing can beat fresh air, exercise and raising the heart rate to boost immunity. Experts say we should be exercising to raise the heart rate at least 3 times a week to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are numerous ways you can get outdoors to experience the beauty of Canberra's natural scenery and explore new areas at the same time. If you are looking for ideas on where to go, why not walk up to the top of Mount Ainslie, ride the Eastern, Central & Western Loops of Lake Burley Griffin, traverse Mount Taylor, walk around Lake Tuggeranong, tread the trails at the National Arboretum, bushwalk through the Botanical Gardens up to Telstra Tower or go further afield and explore Namadgi and Tidbinbilla National Parks.
It's not always easy to stay healthy through the winter season, however visiting these 5 venues is a good place to start. Even if it doesn't ward off the nasty germs straight away, at least we will feel healthier and more energised in the meantime.
Eventually, the lurgies wouldn't dare hop on board!
Enjoy the views of the city, whilst exploring the great outdoors. Mount Ainslie Summit Walk.