The Festive Season Is Under Way!

You might think I’m jumping the gun, but think about it – Christmas parties and functions are already taking place, and the shops have been full of tinsel and baubles since mid-September!

So. How do you avoid the Christmas season weight gain and overeating…? Especially if you have already spent time working on getting a Summer-ready bikini-bod.
Which I didn’t, BTW…

Remember the Airfryer I tried out? Its the perfect way to have delicious fried foods without overdoing the grease and fatty foods!

Here are some more tips for you from Philips.

Avoid festive season binging, for your hearts sake

Heart attacks during the festive season are on the rise, warns Philips

Johannesburg, South Africa – Our stomachs leap with delight in the wake of summer indulgence but at what price? With the festive season around the corner and unhealthy eating habits already on the increase, South Africans are entering the high risk time of the “Christmas Coronary” and the “Happy New Year Heart Attack”.


According to the The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSFSA), in South Africa there are significant spikes in heart attacks and heart failures on three particular days of the year: Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.


South Africans are among the highest sufferers of hypertension worldwide. High blood pressure is often called the ‘silent killer’, because there are no warning signs or symptoms and people don’t realise they have it. According to HSFSA, one in three men and one in four women will have a heart condition before the age of 60.


The nation’s eating habits change significantly over the festive period as people are more likely to indulge, leading to an upsurge of heart related deaths during the December holidays. Furthermore, lifestyle factors like physical inactivity, stress, smoking and an unhealthy diet are also key contributors to high blood pressure and cholesterol which could subsequently result in heart disease and heart attacks. This is compounded by the stress some people associate with big family gatherings and long distance travel.


Education and awareness have a big role to play in controlling cardiac disease in South Africa. As a healthy lifestyle brand, Philips highlights key factors in maintaining a healthy heart, lifestyle, diet and overall well-being:


  • Take responsibility for your lifestyle. Set health goals, educate yourself and consult professionals to help you achieve these goals.
  • Know your risk profile. Don’t guess what your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers are; it can’t be left to chance.
  • There is no quick fix. Good health has to be a sustainable way of life so tweak your lifestyle to work for you.
  • There is no one type of diet that fits all. We have to individualise what we eat and how we exercise, as each person is unique.
  • Always consult your doctor before you embark on a fitness programme and get ‘the all clear’.


Philips is invested in helping their consumers have a better, longer life, through their innovative food preparation appliances. From the kitchen to the cardiac ward, Philips has your health at heart.

Healthier diet alternatives

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring, expensive or complicated; it can be as simple as making small changes to your family’s favourite dishes through clever food preparation methods and technology. Philips prides itself on developing innovations that address a need amongst consumers. Its range of kitchen appliances are focused devices that help people to create healthy and great tasting food without the unhealthy components that contribute to heart disease.

These include the Philips Avance Airfryer, Viva and Avance Juicers and wide collection of handheld and glass blenders, all of which address the need to prepare nutritious meals in the comfort of the home and with minimal effort, while producing enjoyable food.

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The Philips Avance Airfryer which is a revolution in home cooking, uses little or no oil as it fries, bakes and cooks. Conventional deep fat fryers use large amounts of oil to cook food; however the Philips Airfryer uses patented Rapid Air technology to circulate hot air around a grill component, creating delicious meals with up to 80% less fat.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation a healthy diet should include oils with the lowest amounts of saturated (unhealthy) fat but have higher amounts of healthy omega-3’s and monounsaturated fats.


For the best blending that leaves no bits, the Philips Avance Collection

Blender tops the list. The Philips blender with ProBlend 6 and 800W motor can handle just about anything – from fruits and vegetables to ice. Its multi-speed function will blend, crush and cut for perfectly smooth blending and any consistency you want.


If juicing is your forte, the Philips Avance Collection Juicer is designed to extract even more juice from your fruit and vegetables and eliminate pulp for a smoother drink.

Juicing and blending have many benefits. It allows you to take in all the nutrients you need in a short space of time that you normally wouldn’t eat in your day-to-day diet. It eliminates cooking time while serving you with a complete meal alternative. Juicing is also a widely recommended diet addition for those suffering from cardiovascular disease mostly because it assists them in making healthier choices and eliminate excess salt from their diet.