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GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD

  One of my highlights over the past few months was Checkers’ “Little Garden” initiative that was introduced to South Africa. WOW, what an amazing initiative – it was so much better than the previous ‘spend R150 and get free’ initiatives. No more useless plastic toys...

HEALTH FOR EVERYONE

It is world health day and the theme of this year is Health for everyone. Health can be defined as being free from illness or injury. Nutrition plays a big role in the contribution towards health. Yet nutritional needs are different for each individual. Our nutritional needs are based upon our gender, age, weight, height, ethnicity and health status. In South Africa we have general guidelines to lead us towards meeting our nutritional needs and have optimal health. This article will explore the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines.

GUIDELINES FOR A LOWER SALT INTAKE

  This week we are focussing on salt awareness week.  You may wonder why it is that we place so much focus on salt intake.  This is because consuming excessive amount of salt can have various disadvantages such as contributing towards hypertension (high blood...

LOOKING AT DIABETES THROUGH THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

  Prevalence of diabetes mellitus is on the rise: currently in South Africa diabetes is the second leading cause of all-cause mortality, only after tuberculosis. The age of a person at diagnosis is also becoming younger – but what is causing this pandemic? All over...

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART

Exercise, exercise, exercise You may be sick and tired of hearing about the importance of exercise. But, it keeps coming up for the prevention AND management of most diseases and conditions because it is so essential. Exercise has been proven to reduce blood pressure...

TIPS FOR HEALTHY KIDNEYS

  This year we have Kidney Awareness Week from the 2nd to 6th of September. This is five days that we focus on kidney health and sharing tips on how to prevent or reduce risk of developing kidney disease. Why all the hype around kidneys? It might seem like it is only...

WOMEN’S HEALTH

  August is the month dedicated to women! That is why we thought to share a few tips and guidelines in order to optimise women’s health. Women are prone to a number of diseases and conditions throughout their lifecycle – they have an increased risk of infertility,...

A DIETITIAN’S LIFE

We decided to move away from the healthy recipes and great tips for one day and be honest and real about life as a dietitian. It definitely hasn’t always been easy and there were days that most of us almost wanted to give it all up! The first thing most people ask...

NUTRITIONAL TIPS

1) FLAVOURING YOUR FOOD   2) LIMITING FOOD WASTAGE     3) INCREASING YOUR INTAKE OF FIBRE     4) LOWERING YOUR FAT INTAKE     5) OPTIMISING YOUR FRUIT & VEGETABLE INTAKE     6) IMPROVING YOUR HEART HEALTH     7) HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER  ...

DEPRESSION – UNDER THE MAGNIFYING GLASS

  Statement released by WHO, 4 April 2017 – Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and...

HIDDEN SALT: DID YOU KNOW?

We are often told that too much salt and sodium is harmful to our health, but do you know how much salt your favourite store-bought items contain? Before we get into the nitty-gritty, it’s important to discuss how much salt we should be consuming daily. The...

HOW TO REDUCE YOUR SALT INTAKE

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, 80% of heart-related diseases (high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack) can be prevented through dietary changes. One of these recommended changes is a reduction in the intake of salt.   DIETARY GUIDELINES...

LIVE A HEALTHIER LIFE FROM TODAY

We all strive to be healthier at some point of our lives, some on special occasions and others on a daily basis. But if we asked you what a healthy lifestyle is, we would receive a wide variety of answers: ‘Only eating and drinking healthy food and beverages on a...

Making New Year’s Resolutions last:

How to plan properly in 2017 We have determined our new year’s resolutions and we are ready and set for the year 2017. According to Statisticbrain.com the number one New Year’s resolution for 2017 is weight loss and / or healthier eating, coming in at 21.4%. The...

BACK TO REALITY

2017 - NEW YEAR, NEW YOU, NEW HEALTH GOALS! Right? Well, that’s what most of us said to ourselves when the New Year arrived. Going back to work or university definitely makes things a bit tricky, especially when we feel that we don’t have the time to exercise as much...

FOOD FOR FUNCTIONS

It is that time of the year again - festive season and holidays are upon us, which means that there will be various social events, Christmas parties or year end functions that we will attend or even host. Try some of these tips to reduce over-indulgence - your...

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FIBRE

We often talk about the importance of including fibre in the diet but not many people know what fibre is, how to include it in the diet and what the health benefits are. What is dietary fibre? Dietary fibre is a plant-based nutrient. It cannot be properly and...

WAYS TO REDUCE BELLY FAT

EAT MORE FIBER Increasing daily fiber intake by as little as 10 grams a day reduced visceral fat by 3.7 percent after 5 years, according to a study done in 2011. This is as easy as including 1 cup of All Bran, 2 small apples and 1/2 cup of lentils into your diet per...

SNACKING

Tips for Healthy Snacking: Always have healthy snacks close by – in your drawer at work, in the car, in your handbag or easy to reach cupboards at home. Divide snacks into smaller portion sizes to avoid overeating. Don’t skip meals – eat regularly and space snacks in...

AVOIDING SUGARS – HIDDEN SOURCES OF SUGARS

I often see clients that want to cut out all sugars. This is easier said than done. To be able to cut out sugars we need to know what sugars are and where we find them. It is also important to know that not all sugars are bad for our health: fruit, vegetables, dairy...

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