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Recipes
October 22, 2018

3 easy Christmas treat recipes

What’s Christmas without a tasty treat… or three? But wait; before you go overboard at the buffet, we have a few healthy alternatives. Sugar-free raspberry sorbet Ingredients 6 cups frozen raspberries 3 overripe bananas, cut into 1cm pieces, frozen 60g fresh raspberries, roughly crushed Method In 3 batches, blend the frozen raspberries and bananas until smooth. Transfer each batch into one large bowl, then stir through the crushed raspberries. Spoon into a 1.25L container. Serve immediately. Gluten-free Christmas cake Ingredients 100g margarine 1 large ripe banana 2 large lemons, finely grated (rind and juice only) 100g soft prunes, stoned and…
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Mental & Emotional Health
October 22, 2018

How to cope with loneliness

The holiday season is a time for family, friends and festivities. But when social media explodes with images of happy families or when your friends leave you behind to visit their loved ones, this time of the year can make some of us feel deeply lonely. It may feel like you can’t shake off the sadness, but there are strategies to keep you from the deep despair of loneliness. You just need to be intentional, and proactive: Address your feelings Pinpoint the thoughts surrounding your loneliness and come up with rational and helpful responses to your feelings. This will help you…
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 22, 2018

Healthy, fun gift ideas for the whole family!

Christmas is around the corner, so it's time to get shopping! You may be tempted to shower your loved ones with the latest techie toys and newest, shiniest treats out there – but those may not always be the best options for their health. Let’s look at healthier gift alternatives. For Mom Do you remember how carefree you felt while colouring in as a child? It turns out that it has the same effect on adults. According to Dr Stan Rodski, an American neuropsychologist, colouring in helps to create a relaxing mindset, similar to the one that can be achieved…
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Food & nutrition
October 27, 2017

Avoid overindulging this Christmas

Tables groaning with meatloaf, glossy hams swimming in gravy, steaming pudding doused in brandy, gallons of liqueurs – no wonder most people gain weight (fast!) over the festive season. Here are some ways to avoid turning into a Santa Clause replica - complete with beer-belly and wobbly cheeks. 1. Have a wholesome breakfast Kick off each morning with a high-fibre, protein-rich breakfast to keep you satisfied throughout the day. Wholewheat toast with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs is a healthy, filling choice and will give you the energy you need to tackle the lines at the mall and get that…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
October 24, 2017

Don’t let the holidays get you down

Not everyone feels happy and festive during Christmas season. We get that. The holidays can be hard. For those without big families or a bustling social life, days stretching on endlessly can make you want to curl up into a ball and just sleep away the season. We’re not saying you need to be the life of the party. But you can enjoy the holidays with a few small adjustments to suit your state of mind. Plan a small activity every other day The thought of filling up your calendar chock full of parties can be overwhelming. No need for…
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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 24, 2017

Watch out for toxic toys

Kids usually want everything they see in stores. And whether it's their birthday, Christmas or just the fact that the neighbour's child has one - our little ones can become very persuasive to get what they want! Before you give in to their pleas, though, make sure you're not purchasing something that could be dangerous to your little one's health! According to Safe Kids Worldwide a non-profit organisation, each year throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury. Almost every one of them was preventable. Toys are meant to be fun, but if your child needs to…
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Recipes
October 24, 2017

Healthy treats to enjoy around the Christmas tree

Christmas is basically a synonym for tasty desserts and decadent biscuits and pastries. Unfortunately, many of these sugary treats can take their toll on our waistlines and leave us feeling sluggish. One too many and the kilos pile on too as store-bought treats can contain lots of preservative and refined ingredients. Cape Town-based health coach and food blogger Bernice Griffiths sets us on the right track with delicious, healthy homemade treats. Bernice recommends the freshest, most natural and unrefined ingredients. Choose the best quality chocolate or butter you can find. Cherry and coconut truffles These truffles are rich and decadent,…
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Parenting
December 25, 2015

How to give your kids their best Christmas

Decorations. Carols. The smell of delicious roast in the oven: Christmas is wonderful! But, at the same time, there’s a lot of pressure, making sure everything is in order. (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
December 12, 2015

Don’t have a killer Christmas!

It’s about family, friends, gifts and good things to eat, but the holidays bring some unique risks with them. Visits to doctors and emergency rooms increase around this time of year – let’s see why. (more…)
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Diabetes
December 7, 2015

Don’t let diabetes ruin Christmas!

The festive season can be a tough time of the year for people with diabetes, but it doesn’t have to be bad news. You can have fun without allowing blood-sugar levels to spiral out of control – it just takes a bit of planning and some good recipes. (more…)
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