Recipes
December 13, 2013

Avocado and chicken wrap with chilli mayonnaise

Although some people avoid eating avocados because they’re relatively high in fat and calories, the truth is they’re also packed with essential nutrients and heart-healthy compounds. Avocados are delicious and versatile, and here are a couple more great reasons to include them regularly in your diet: They’re packed with carotenoids and vitamin E, which help with digestion, eye-health and “good” cholesterol levels. They’re also packed with protein and potassium, which makes them good for building muscle, promoting healing and keeping you in a good mood. They’re high fibre, so they keep you full and satiated. They also contain folate, which…
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Mental & Emotional Health
December 12, 2013

“Fake sign-language interpreter” claims to have schizophrenia

A small, but loud storm has erupted around one of the sign-language interpreters used at late President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service held at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 11 December. During the proceedings various signers – from DeafSA, actress Marlee Matlin and others – commented on different social media platforms that they couldn't understand what he was signing, and that it didn't resemble anything anyone had ever seen. After a full day of speculation, jokes, red faces and unanswered phone calls, the sign interpreter has come forward to say that his communication breakdown on the day was due to a…
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Recipes
December 12, 2013

Red kidney bean and corn salad

Red kidney beans, which are part of the legume family, are one of the healthiest foods a person can eat. They’re very low in fat, cholesterol-free and they’re a good source of protein. This is especially good news for vegetarians, but it doesn’t mean meat-eaters can’t enjoy them too! Take a look at Heleen Meyer’s red kidney bean salad. It’s perfect as lunch for work, as a side dish at a braai, or with roasted chicken. Plus, the combination of fibre and protein in the beans keeps you feeling full and satisfied until your next meal.  (more…)
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Pregnancy
December 12, 2013

What exercises are safe for mommy’s-to-be?

Many women are concerned about putting on too much weight during pregnancy, or not being able to stick to their regular exercise programme. While you certainly can’t continue with impact sports such as kick-boxing, there are still plenty of exercises you can do that will help you stay healthy and help prevent you from putting on more weight than necessary. (more…)
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DiabetesPregnancy
December 11, 2013

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It’s a fairly common complication of pregnancy and affects approximately 4% of all pregnant women. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 11, 2013

Two simple truths for weight loss

If weight loss was that easy, then everyone would be slim and fit and there wouldn’t be a multi-million Rand market for weight loss drugs, fad diets and fitness programmes. The truth is, while some people are bestowed with a fast metabolism and the ability to lose weight relatively easily – the majority of people actually struggle to lose weight and keep it off. (more…)
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Smoking
December 11, 2013

What does smoking actually do to your body?

Smoking is gross. We all know it, and we’ve all seen the long term damage it does to our lungs, that is, blackened tarred smoker’s lungs. Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you inhale a cigarette? No? Well, a single drag exposes the body to over 4,000 chemical compounds and 600 additives, effectively making it one of the most powerful stimulants known to man. It takes just 10 seconds for nicotine to reach the brain, and over 90% of what’s inhaled is absorbed by the lungs, which pass into the lung as miniscule droplets of suspended tar particles.…
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Recipes
December 10, 2013

Bite-sized meatballs

For a balanced lunch box that keeps children full for longer, always pack in some form of protein and high-fibre starch, and make up the rest with fruit, nuts and vegetable sticks. Keep things interesting with a variety of foods, colours and textures. Remember, bite-sized pieces are easier to handle, especially for the little ones. If your children are old enough, let them choose fruit and healthy snacks they enjoy when you go shopping, and get them involved in the kitchen by helping you prepare their lunchbox snacks, like these meatballs. (more…)
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Pregnancy
December 10, 2013

Traveling during pregnancy – what you need to know

Travelling while you are pregnant requires careful planning and thought beforehand. It’s important to discuss your plans with your doctor well in advance of your trip. (more…)
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