Valentine’s Day

December 3, 2018

Make your own chocolate for your sweetie

Shake up your gifting options this Valentine’s Day with a personalised present. Express your love with a twist, by gifting your loved one different types of feel-good, hormone-boosting homemade chocolates. Dark chocolate 100g coconut oil ½ cup raw cacao powder ½ cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch salt Method Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat, add the cacao and stir well. Add the syrup, vanilla and salt, and stir continuously for two minutes. Pour the chocolate mixture into a silicon chocolate mould or onto a tray lined with baking paper. Place in the…
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Love & Relationship
November 27, 2018

7 steps to a happy marriage

So, you’ve said your vows to your loved one. Now it’s time to fulfil your promises by being the best partner you can be. A happy marriage is not an overnight success; it takes time, commitment and action to keep your relationship strong. Make your marriage work Clinical psychologist and marriage researcher Dr John Gottman and his colleagues studied hundreds of relationships, including both newlyweds and long-term couples. These study participants were interviewed and asked questions about their relationships. During the interviews, video recordings were made of each couple and how they interacted with their partner, while at the same…
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Mental & Emotional Health
February 13, 2017

The perks of being single this Valentine’s Day

It's almost that time of the year: when birds are singing new songs, the world will be painted red with hearts and couples will be slightly more nauseating than usual. For singles out there, Valentine’s Day can be depressing, but it doesn’t have to be. There are still many stigmas attached to being single, like loneliness, desperation and ‘‘being left on the shelf’’, but there’s nothing wrong with being by yourself. In fact, it could be the best time of your life. While couples are getting loved up, you can too, by showing yourself the love you deserve. Being single…
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AllergiesFood & nutritionRecipes
February 11, 2017

Four Valentine’s recipes for fussy eaters

It’s almost the month of love, and you're in the mood to bake something sweet. But you have food allergies… so now what? Whether you’re working around your own or a loved one’s food allergy, it can be a hassle – especially on Valentine’s Day. But it doesn’t have to be a romantic bust. Try these scrumptious, allergy-friendly recipes for the most common food allergies. (And, of course, don't overindulge in the sweet treats! We wouldn't want you to get ill.) Allergic to eggs? Most baked goods call for eggs, which can be frustrating if you can’t eat them. That…
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General knowledge
February 14, 2016

The ugly origins of Valentine’s day

Roses? Check! Chocolates? Check! Table at restaurant? Check! Absolutely no money left in your bank account? Check! Before you start having a go at the price of sweets and flowers on the day of love, be grateful that that’s all you have to worry about. Why? Because there’s a dark side to the 14th of February we hope you never have to face... (more…)
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February 13, 2016

Valentine’s Day: Indulge without the guilt

Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon & chives Don’t worry if you forgot to make a breakfast reservation for Valentine’s Day. In just 35 minutes you can make your special someone a healthy, wholesome breakfast - in bed of course! (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 29, 2016

6 Tips for the Valentine’s of a lifetime

No one can deny the effect love has on people. We do silly things for love and we’d probably do them again if we could. It makes us feel good, takes away the hurt people feel and gives us a reason to push through tough times. We love celebrating Valentine’s Day, because it’s more than heart-shaped cards and teddy bears - it's about healthy relationship, and living a full life. (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & MuscleSexual Health
January 14, 2016

Get some sexercise!

by Joanne Hart for HelloDoctor.co.za Valentine's day is nearly here, which means you a little bit of time to get yourself in peak condition for that special night. What if we told you that some simple, regular exercises could turn your love-life from “Meh, not tonight!” to “I’ll RACE you to the bedroom!”? We aren’t joking! Here are 5 ways to strengthen all the sexiest muscles and build stamina. (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
March 7, 2014

The Dress Red Campaign

There’s a common misconception that heart disease is a “man’s disease”, but in South Africa, heart disease and stroke kills more women than men. While breast cancer is often perceived as the biggest health threat to women, heart disease and stroke are the greatest threats globally, killing more people every day than all cancers combined! (more…)
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Sexual Health
February 7, 2014

Here’s what men REALLY want this Valentine’s Day

Every year, on 14 February, shops make their biggest sales on flowers, chocolates, teddy bears and other cute gifts that couples exchange on Valentine’s Day. But ladies, is that what guys *really* want? Apparently not! According to a team of researchers who surveyed more than 1 000 adults, the only thing men want on Valentine’s Day is SEX. And nearly 60% of them said they expect to get even BETTER sex on Valentine’s Day than they normally get. So, while they might moan about the commercial side of the day, it turns out they actually look forward to it, maybe…
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