3PM SNACK TIME

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If you’re anything like me, when mid-afternoon hits I usually crave for something sweet. If I’m not prepared I make ‘unhealthy’ choices so I make sure I prepare a suite of afternoon snacks on the weekend. Here is a sample of some of the snacks I prepare…. A jar of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, brazil nuts) An assortment of fruit: bananas, apples, pears and oranges. (I bought a really nice … Read More →

KEFIR

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Originating in the mountainous region of Russia it was a process used to preserve milk and its consumption is thought to have contributed to the longevity of its people. It’s sort of like keeping Goldfish. You have to tend to them every couple of days or they may die! The final product ‘kefir’ can be bought from health food stores. Worth giving it a taste before you embark on raising … Read More →

KEEPING TUCKSHOP ARMS AT BAY

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It’s easy to hide upper arms in winter but in a couple of months, when the sun starts to shine, we’re going to have to expose those wiggly, jiggly arms that are starting to look like ham hocks! So what’s the best exercise to keep them in shape? A study at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse compared different exercises searching for the most effective. The best one was the TRIANGLE … Read More →

LET THE AIR OUT OF THAT SPARE TYRE!

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What tyre? The tyre around your mid-section, the one that seems to increase with age. But how? Well there are a number of reasons that you can develop a tyre around your mid-section – hormones, diet, exercise etc. and this needs further examining by a health professional. But ONE of the reasons that prompts your body to store fat around your mid-section is STRESS. Studies show that cortisol the ‘stress … Read More →

GIVE BUCKWHEAT A GO

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While the name implies it is a ‘wheat’, it in fact is far from it, it’s not even a grain. It is a seed from a plant related to rhubarb. Here are some of its health benefits…. Low in GI with a rating of 50 (unlike rice, corn and wheat). GI Ratings: White rice 58, Brown rice 68, Wheat 60, Corn 68. Packs a protein punch. 100g buckwheat has 12g … Read More →

DON’T LET THE WINTER KILO’S CREEP ON

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When it’s cold outside, all you feel like doing (if you’re like me) is having a warm shower and getting into your PJ’s at 6pm, eating a BIG hearty hot dinner and then hitting the sack. While that’s good for the soul, it’s a time of year that those kilo’s creep on as they are hidden under all those layers of thick woolly clothes. Here are a few simple tips … Read More →

DON’T GIVE UP ON GLUTEN

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Gluten has been getting a bad rap for some time now. What is Gluten? It is basically two proteins (gliadin and glutenin) present in wheat and other cereal grains, such as barley and rye. Gluten gives dough its sticky elastic texture. So what’s the problem? Well, if you have an abnormal immune response to the breakdown of these two proteins you can suffer from Celiac disease. But if you don’t, … Read More →

DO TABATA

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Following up from our Day 12 Health tip “STAND UP AND MOVE” now it’s time to MOVE some more. You’ve heard it before I know…”Exercise is good for aerobic fitness, mental health (endorphins), weight loss, gives skin a natural glow etc. etc.” but how many of you regularly exercise?? (Feel free to comment). The most common excuse I hear from clients is…”I have no time to exercise”. Well sorry folks, … Read More →

ARE YOU GRATEFUL?

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Research indicates that individuals that are grateful “may also experience more frequent pleasant events because they are more likely to appreciate simple pleasures” (Watkins, 2014). Other studies indicate that being grateful leads to positive emotions that then create UPWARD SPIRALS. Another study revealed that a romantic relationship has a better chance of survival and increased connectedness when you are grateful (about that relationship) every day. So what does it take … Read More →

PINK HIMALAYAN SEA SALT

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Switch from table salt to PINK HIMALAYAN SEA SALT. Table Salt and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt are essentially both sodium chloride (salt) but the difference is in the processing and the additives. Table salt contains ‘free flowing agent’ or ‘anti-caking agent’ (554) which isSodium Aluminosilicate. This has been linked to Alzheimer’s, kidney damage, neurotoxicity and food intolerances. Table salt is also chemically cleaned and in some cases, bleached. PINK HIMALAYAN … Read More →

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