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Food & nutrition

Food & nutrition
December 27, 2013

Warning! Salt added

Preventative health has been the top health trend for a number of years now, and it’s all about “prevention is better than cure” – so basically, avoiding getting sick or ill in the first place. Your health is one of the few things in life that you are in control of, and everything you eat and drink, or don’t eat and drink has a direct effect on your body and its ability to continue functioning in top form. When it comes to food, salt is one thing that many people eat too much of, often without even realising it. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 26, 2013

Hangover “cures”

Everyone from your grandmother to the person you sit next to on the bus claims to have a successful hangover cure. Many websites also offer hangover cures that sound very convincing and come with “scientific evidence” to back it up. Is there any truth to them though, or are we doomed to suffer through our hangovers for ever? Here we take a look at the most popular hangover cures, some of which you might have tested out yourself! (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 21, 2013

Can diet drinks make you fat?

Soft drinks are bad news, we all know it, but if you’re going to have one then a sugar-free version is fine, right? Not quite. Before you reach for your next diet soft drink, here are the top 4 things you need to know about what you’re drinking: (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 20, 2013

3 Saltiest foods – and their healthy counterparts

Surprisingly, most of the salt you eat doesn’t come from your salt-shaker - it’s already added to pre-cooked, processed or restaurant food before you sprinkle any extra at the table. With that in mind, and with so much focus on making people aware of the dangers of eating too much salt, we take a look at the top 3 saltiest foods and their healthier substitutes you can try instead. 1. Processed and cold deli meats Just 6 thin slices of cold meat can contain half of your daily sodium limit. Rather eat: Home-cooked chicken, avocado, rocket and fresh vegetables as…
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Food & nutrition
December 19, 2013

Fruit each day keeps disease at bay

The old saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” might have some basis to it, especially if you’re over the age of 50. Researchers from Oxford University assume that eating an apple a day could prevent up to 8 500 heart attack and stroke related deaths in the UK each year. As we get older, particularly if you’re older than 50, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases, which makes this research very important. The only hiccup is that the assumptions are calculated from a scientific model and not a study. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 15, 2013

Road trips, picnics and beach snacks – the healthy way

These holidays, you don’t need to spend a fortune on pricey and fatty snacks from garage pit stops when you’re on the road. And likewise, when it comes to picnics and beach snacks, there are plenty of tasty and healthy alternatives to the traditional soggy sandwich! Here are our top suggestions, let us know what you pack to eat for a day on the beach, a picnic or road trip. (more…)
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
December 14, 2013

9 Holiday diet tips

In anticipation of summer, you’ve been eating well and exercising (most days) and you’re finally feeling body confident and ready to hit the beach in your bikini. But come the festive period, even the most disciplined people struggle with the temptations of too much good food and drink – often resulting in unwanted weight gain by the time January rolls round. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a practical strategy to help ensure you enjoy the festive season without compromising your healthy eating plan. Here are our top tips: If you’re counting calories, one important meal aspect you…
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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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Food & nutrition
December 9, 2013

Why you really should take a lunch break every day

Think about the last time you took a full one hour lunch break? And we’re not talking about taking one so you can run errands, but taking one so you can actually sit and enjoy your lunch, or get a bit of quiet time for yourself. Still thinking? You’re not the only one. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 6, 2013

I’ve got 99 problems, but going vegan ain’t one

If you were looking forward to binging this holiday season, wait till you hear what Jay-Z and Beyoncé have planned. Instead of going all out, the happy couple have decided to go on a 22 day vegan challenge – which will end at Christmas. Jay-Z took to his blog, Live and Times, to explain the reason for their radical decision. "Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you've found the way,” he wrote. (more…)
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