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Mental & Emotional Health
March 19, 2019

How your body creates its own drugs

Ever notice how good you feel after eating a piece of chocolate? How about that “high” after a great workout?  It turns out, your body can create hormones that work just like drugs - only better...
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
January 23, 2019

How to lose weight and not gain it back

Dropping five kilos with a crash diet for your upcoming date sounds like a good idea - but it’s not! Everyone loves a quick fix (particularly when it comes to shedding weight). But, quick weight loss is bad for your health and it’s also unsustainable. Slow and steady wins the race Implementing drastic changes makes you feel good because it gives you hope and a sense of achievement. In the long run though, if your goals are too radical, you won’t be able to keep up. You might get to a point where you revert to bad habits. For example,…
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Food & nutrition
August 10, 2018

Which type of rice is the healthiest?

Today, rice competes with trendy gluten-free grains like quinoa and amaranth. But let’s face it, nothing beats a steaming plate of fluffy rice as a side or main dish. What makes this humble grain even better, is that there’s a variety of different rice to suit any taste and dietary need. Let’s take a look to see which rice you should be plating up. Brown rice This hearty, nutty-flavoured rice boasts many nutritional benefits because it contains germ and bran layers. These layers hold important nutrients like Vitamin B, magnesium and phosphorus that help build healthy bones. There’s also about…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
August 3, 2018

How artificial flavour leads to obesity

In a 2011 segment on US current affairs show, 60 Minutes, journalist Morley Safer spoke to flavourists from food technology company Givaudan. The conversation was a damning one, in which the technologists admitted to wanting to develop food flavours that are addictive. Fast forward to 2013, and New York Times journalist, Michael Moss, releases his expose, Salt Sugar Fats: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, on how the US processed food industry gets consumers to buy its products and keeps them hooked on high fat, high sugar and high salt pre-prepared foods. It’s 2015, The Doritos Effect, by journalist Mark…
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Food & nutritionWeight Loss
October 31, 2017

Eating healthy and still overweight? Here’s why.

Since we don’t have to think much about what happens to food once we have enjoyed it, it’s easy to take for granted what happens once we swallow. The reality is that our bodies are complicated, and highly sophisticated, pieces of machinery. The action of opening your mouth, putting something in and swallowing, sets off a cascade of physiological events, all of which have an impact on your weight. Your digestive system in a nutshell Believe it or not, digestion starts before you’ve even put anything in your mouth. Eyeing out a tasty looking meal sends signals to the brain…
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Food & nutrition
August 25, 2017

How to make sense of the internet diets

Simply type in the word “diet” into Google and within 0,43 seconds you will be met with over 698,000,000 results. It’s no wonder you’re confused. Dietary guidelines change... a lot. You’d be forgiven for wanting to throw in the towel and simply do your own thing. You wouldn’t be alone either. One survey found that people are so confused by what food is considered “good” or “bad” they find it easier to figure out their income taxes! Why so much confusion? First, we were told to stay away from eggs, but now they’re “eggcellent”. Then we were told fat was…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 8, 2017

Why running isn’t helping you lose weight

You run every day, but it isn’t showing on the scale. What’s the deal? Unfortunately, running isn’t a magic bullet for weight loss. Sure, it burns more calories than any other form of exercise (360 to 380 calories per 30 minutes!), but it won’t automatically give you a leaner physique – especially if you push yourself too hard. The more you exercise, the more your body naturally tries to compensate by altering your metabolism through protective mechanisms designed to prevent starvation and indefinite weight loss. “The human body has a good capability for regulating its bodyweight,” explains Glenn Gaesser, professor…
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Food & nutrition
June 29, 2017

Weight loss: the highs and lows of intermittent fasting

Simply put, intermittent fasting is making a conscious decision to skip a meal (or more!) on purpose. That’s different to you skipping lunch because you didn’t have time, or breakfast because you were running late for work. Rather, intermittent fasting is a planned dietary intervention. The practice of intermittent fasting has been around for many years, but only recently gained popularity. Done correctly, this way of eating (or not eating in this case!) has several health benefits, including: Weight loss Improved glucose control and lowered diabetes risk Improved mental clarity and concentration Increased energy levels How does it work? Not…
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Food & nutrition
April 22, 2017

How to feel fuller for longer

You’re almost at your goal weight; if only those last few kilos would just disappear… Or, you’re just getting started on your health kick, and you need a few quick wins on that scale. Either way, you can make your tummy work for you with techniques that will make you feel fuller for longer, leading to more sustained weight loss without starving yourself. Fibre filler Fibre plays an important role in your diet. It helps to control your appetite (it fills you up, so you eat less), prevents constipation and could protect against chronic diseases of lifestyle, such as cancer…
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Food & nutrition
March 21, 2017

The Easter eggs you should be eating

Boiled, poached or scrambled, eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods in your kitchen. Both the white and yolk are good sources of inexpensive, high-quality protein, needed to build and maintain your muscles, organs, skin and tissue, antibodies, enzymes and hormones. In fact, eggs are thought of as a “complete” source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids. What’s more, eggs are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They provide a little bit of almost every nutrient we need, including Vitamins A, B5, B12, D and E, and minerals like choline, iodine, iron, phosphorus…
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