Health Tips from the Thriva Community

We’re often asked for health tips. The truth is, though, that everybody is different - every body is different - and what works for some people won’t work for others. 

So, rather than one-size-fits-all health tips, we thought we’d share what works for some real Thriva customers. You never know, they may work for you too!

I eat oats every morning for breakfast which I understand lowers cholesterol. Hemp seed oil, seeds and protein powder are a staple part of my diet too. I am also vegetarian so that probably helps with the cholesterol but I know there might be a lack of B12 in my diet so I supplement with vitamin B. As for vitamin D I recently spent some time in Spain so maybe that influenced my levels in the test. I also do yoga about 5 times a week and don't have a stressful job :)

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 16 and then became a vegan 2 years ago. For Vitamin D and B12 I take supplements. The B12 supplement is an oral spray, which is better absorbed than a pill. I also take a Magnesium supplement which helps absorb the Vitamin D.

I just try to have a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruit, veg, nuts and lean protein. I exercise quite a lot. I noticed I was just on the edge of the good zone for vitamin D despite having a lot of sunshine in the past 8 years due to a job with plenty of foreign travel. I’ve now changed jobs and started taking a vit D supplement at the start of Winter.

I eat Total Greek yogurt zero with fresh fruit and broccoli or greens most days. I rarely eat processed meals and I take home cooked leftovers in for lunch. I only eat butter never spreads. I don't absorb B12 so had jabs every quarter until a year ago when they noticed I was way over the required amount so now I'm due to go back for a test to see where I am. 

I actually follow a vegan diet and take extra iron, vitamin D and B supplements. I try to avoid alcohol completely and anything with too high a sugar content.

I have a daily routine that consists of: 1 litre of warm water with lemon and ginger upon waking. 20 minutes meditation. Breakfast of eggs and avocado or porridge with fruit or a banana and spinach smoothie. I take a multivitamin and zinc, fish oil, vitamin D and milk thistle supplement. I generally enjoy my job as a hairdresser and like to make people feel happy. After work I go to various exercise classes 4 times per week. and go for a PT session on my day off. My lunch and dinner can be vegetarian based, although I do eat meat as well. I have a glass of red wine most days and more on a weekend, so I'm happy to hear my liver is bearing up!

I work out most days. If not I walk and get my steps up. B12 and vit D are less obvious, but I do get outside most days in daylight hours. I’ve just stopped eating meat during the week but will still eat eggs for the B12 and marmite.

6 months ago I made some lifestyle changes. I switched from an omnivore diet to a plant based diet, removing meat, fish, dairy and eggs (so a vegan diet, but I prefer to say I follow a 'plant based diet' because vegans do it for the animals, I do it for my health). This was largely after watching 'Cowspiracy' and 'What the health' documentaries on Netflix. I also started exercising at home 30-45 mins a day. About 6 weeks ago I watched a talk by Dr Klapper on nutrition and vitamin supplements on YouTube which made me realise, plant-based or not, I should give up the multi-vitamin (which was leading to high amounts of some vitamins) and instead supplement with a small amount of B12 (once a week) and Vitamin D, Zinc and omega 3 (DHA/EPA) daily and get the rest from a varied plant based diet. I joined Thriva because I was actually concerned after making such a big change, if I was getting enough of what I need from my new diet. I feel so much healthier, but I wanted the assurance of what was going on inside my body. I was REALLY pleased with my results - they were all green and I have enjoyed sharing them with my family and friends on Instagram (@findsanctuary) I've scheduled my next test for 12 months time to check in and make sure nothing has dropped or increased too much over a longer period of time.

Whole food plant based diet and plenty of exercise!

I eat mostly plant-based, with good quality meat maybe once every 2 weeks or so. I try to eat greens with most meals. I don’t consume dairy milk, instead opting for plant based milks. I do eat small amounts of butter and cheese, maybe every other day, always full fat varieties. I try to limit my intake of sugar as much as I can, but I do have a sweet tooth however I largely satiate this with home-made treats, loaded with whole grains and other plant-based ingredients to temper the effect of the sugar. I cook mostly from scratch at home which helps to reduce intake of processed nasty’s. I eat a tablespoon of flax every day with breakfast too.

I don't eat meat, so my cholesterol should be within normal range. My B12 is on the low end as I often forget to take supplements. Vitamin D is also low as I work in a workshop with no windows 5 days a week, though I do cycle every day which would probably contribute to levels not being really low.

Lots of alkalising vegetables and balanced meals with non starchy carbohydrates, good quality protein and good fats included in each meal.

I now eat a plant based diet. No processed foods or animal products, and purely nutritious foods. Since transitioning to being plant based I've felt great.

I'm vegan, mostly plant based but have the odd treat. I do take B12 & D supplements.

Pretty much the standard, lots of exercise and I've mostly given up drinking. I try not to eat late at night, or early at morning and do try to eat in an 8 hour window period, and sometimes skipping dinner if I've had a really big lunch. I try and eat a mediterranean diet where possible. Order a weekly veg box, some are as cheap as £7 a week if you live in the right area.

My average meals consist of: Breakfast; Porridge with grapes and blueberries and agave. Or a plant based protein shake. Lunch; Steamed veg; carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, nuts, hummus, seeds, hot sauce sometimes, salsa, coconut oil cheese, rice or lentils. I’d have a dairy free yogurt afterwards with almond/peanut butter with grapes. Dinner; Varied: chickpea wraps, curries, vegetable Asian dishes.

For me, I take a multivitamin and an omega supplement (3,6 and 9 combined) every day. I eat virtually no red meat, and choose vegetarian options over white meat whenever possible. I drink soya milk in my tea, coffee and porridge whenever possible to keep dairy consumption lower than otherwise. I eat plenty of seeds and nuts and love a weekend away to somewhere sunny for a long weekend each winter.

I have been vegetarian for a year and a half and vegan for the past 4 months, so I guess I eat lots of fruit and vegetables.

It sounds simple, but my secret to staying relatively healthy is regular exercise: football, spinning and yoga every week. Eating a balanced home cooked diet with lots of vegetables, drinking plenty of water and avoiding fatty foods/sweets. I don’t really like sugary stuff so that’s a natural help. I drink apple cider vinegar and black coffee daily - quite a lot of coffee, and I drink herbal teas every evening. Plus I love really dark chocolate!

I eat relatively healthy (lots of greens & fish, not much red meat or chicken & pork) and I jog occasionally ( about 1-2 times a week).

I have been practicing intermittent fasting for the last 6 months. Basically eating between within a 8hr period in the day and then fasting for the remaining 16hrs. My diet Mon-Fri consists of high fat/low carb meals. I eat a lot of green veg like kale, spinach and broccoli. I do a mixture of exercise throughout the week (5 sessions a week), consisting of weight training, cardiovascular and rugby.

I have a vegetarian diet, plus some occasional fish, and am sure to eat a balanced diet. I generally avoid the worst kind of processed food by cooking at home most of the time.

I am a doctor so often on my feet all day. Aside from that I don’t do much exercise apart from walking my dog. I try to eat healthily and have been doing so for the last couple of weeks, but realistically my diet was not great before that. I have a very sweet tooth and cravings would get the better of me. I do take a decent multivitamin (contains vitamin D3, 25micrograms), high strength omega 3 fish oil and probiotics. I rarely drink alcohol, sometimes never in a month. My sleep is terrible, so can’t attribute it to that. Often sleep deprived. Currently working with Sleepio programs to address that.

I'm vegetarian but I eat lots of fat from dairy etc. I supplement with two tablets of D3 daily and I supplement with a sub-lingual tablet daily for Vitamin B12.

I go to the gym 3 - 4 times a week for a 30 min - 45 mins work out. I mix cardio and weights. In the summer I cycle a lot, maybe 50 miles a week. I drink a lot of water and have a varied diet. I have to sit at my desk all day so have to ensure I do something each day to keep the blood flowing. I do have bad days where I don’t exercise at all and eat rubbish, as I work in marketing / events so can have a lot of time away from home. But when at home I keep on top of it.

As I eat a mainly plant based diet I take a B12 supplement. Due to being fair skinned and where I live I take a Vit D supplement. I put my cholesterol down to a largely plant based diet and currently starting a 6 week programme to improve my digestive health.

I'm a vegan and I take vegan society veg 1 daily. I exercise 4 times a week - a mixture of weights & HIIT.

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Archive, HealthClaire Bergin