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Food & nutrition

Food & nutrition
May 5, 2014

Real life story: My journey on the Tim Noakes eating plan – Cherise Brady

Over the past few months, Hello Doctor has been following Tim Noakes and the Real Meal Revolution closely. So closely in fact, that our very own CEO, Andy Milne, has been on the specialised eating plan for over 2 months now – with interesting results. If you want to find out how he’s been doing, you can catch up on everything on the Hello Doctor blog. A short while ago, we received an email from one of our Facebook fans, Cherise Brady, who wanted to share her story and experience on the Tim Noakes eating plan too. She’s had some…
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Exercise, Fitness & MuscleFood & nutrition
April 29, 2014

What type of eater are you?

Do you eat three big meals a day, or do you prefer to snack throughout the day? As it turns out, there are actually four distinct types of eaters: free rangers, all-day grazers, repeat eaters and social eaters. Which type are you most like? Let’s take a quick look at each one: (more…)
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Food & nutrition
April 23, 2014

6 foods to keep in your office fridge

The office fridge is often a no-go zone for many people, usually because it is full half-empty jars of condiments, or someone’s leftover dinner that’s been in there for 2 months (and which no one wants to claim.) Take charge, and claim a clean corner of the fridge for your healthy food. Having a stash of snacks like the ones listed below, means you’re much less likely to reach for a chocolate, bag of chips or something else from the nearest convenience store. (more…)
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Food & nutritionRecipes
April 12, 2014

Traditional South African recipes with less salt

On the latest episode of the Hello Doctor show we took a look at traditional South African recipes that contain less salt than usual recipes, but are still delicious! (more…)
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Food & nutrition
March 31, 2014

Andy’s blog update – The blood results are in

Last week, Andy went for his 50 day / half way blood tests – to see how they compare to when he first started on the Tim Noakes eating plan. As you can see from the table we drew up below showing his main test results, there were a number of changes, most notably the significant increase in his LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. But what do these numbers actually mean, and how do we know if they’re good or bad? We sent Andy’s results to three of our resident doctors, to get their feedback and to help us better understand…
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Food & nutrition
March 28, 2014

Salt in a sandwich

Fact: Most South Africans eat more salt than the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendation of 5g a day (1 teaspoon). In fact, they consume close to double that – around 11g a day! Most of it comes from processed food – bread is the biggest culprit - which contains huge amounts of hidden salt that’s added during the manufacturing process. Other processed foods which increase your salt intake include hard margarine, and processed meat like sausage and polony. (more…)
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Food & nutritionRecipes
March 16, 2014

A salt-free braai? It’s possible!

It’s hard to believe, but we did a salt-free braai with Ultimate Braai Master Judge Bertus Basson, and he was really impressed with the flavour he achieved without salt. He didn’t think he could do it! The traditional braai is a South African institution, where the great outdoors becomes your kitchen, your cooler box converts into the kitchen table and the fire replaces your stove. But salt, along with black pepper and your favourite marinade, is a vital item. Or is it? (more…)
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Food & nutritionRecipes
March 15, 2014

Rooibos & berry iced tea

Water forms part of every cell in our body, and every single system and function in the body depends of water to perform optimally. Around 80% of our daily water intake comes from beverages, and the rest comes from the food we eat. Foods like soups and stews, tea and coffee, fresh fruit and veggies, and ice tea all contribute. However, it’s important to make sure that not all the liquid we consume contains sugar or other preservatives. Opting for water over soft drinks can also help with weight management. Not everyone enjoys drinking water, but there are loads of…
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Food & nutrition
March 14, 2014

Myth busting: How much water do you really need to drink?

60% of our bodies might be made up of water, but does that really mean we need to drink at least 8 glasses of it a day? What happens to your body if you don’t drink the right amount? Will your organs shrivel up and die from dehydration? Where did the magic number of “8 glasses” a day come from anyway? (more…)
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