21 Tips for a Fitter Summer Vacation

Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or exploring a new city, a pause in your normal routine can make it tough to stay fit. Drive past the drive-thru. If you’re driving to your getaway, plan where and when you’ll be stopping for meals before hitting the road. It’ll give you more flexibility when choosing a…

7 Tips to help control holiday food cravings

Don’t sabotage your diet this holiday season Splurging on your favorite foods is part of the holiday program, right? Well, to an extent. Here are some tips to help control your holiday cravings and reduce the likelihood of overeating at your next big feast. Eat slowly and select three healthy food items (vegetables, fruits, high-fiber…

Andropause: When Guys Get ‘The Change’

Whether andropause is a man’s version of menopause replete with emotional, psychological and spiritual changes, or just a blip on the hormonal screen, may depend on your own circumstances and makeup. But if you’re a guy (or you have a guy) who’s experiencing some mid-life shakeups, some things you might consider: Watch your weight. Testosterone…

Salad with red grapes and feta

Serves 6 This combination of crisp, juicy red grapes and tangy feta is a winner. Ham lovers can add a garnish of thin strips of cooked or smoked ham. Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1½ tablespoons lemon juice ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper 500g red seedless grapes, halved (about…

Lemon & herb barbecued chicken

Laden with flavor, this summer lunch is straight from the Italian countryside with lashings of fresh herbs, bright sun-ripened vegetables and smoky chicken. Ingredients (serves 6) 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil 2 tbs white wine 2 tbs fresh lemon juice 2 tbs chopped fresh parsley 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary 1 tbs dried oregano leaves…

Easy Ways to Relieve Stress and Lift Your Mood

Try these fast, simple, and super-affordable ideas to help you recharge your energy and spirit. Indulge Yourself! It’s been a long day, a long week…heck, the whole month seems to be moving at a snail’s pace. If you need a pick-me-up, how about some good food, relaxation, and maybe a little laughter. We’ve got 15…

What Not to Eat Before Cholesterol Check

Accurate cholesterol test results are an important factor in determining your risk for heart disease. More than 35 million Americans have cholesterol levels high enough to put them at significant risk for cardiovascular disease. You may need to watch what you eat before a cholesterol check because some components of a standard cholesterol test are…

Reduce High Insulin Levels and Lose Weight

Struggling to lose weight? It might be that you have constant high insulin levels because of uncontrolled blood sugar levels due to a poor diet, lack of exercise and high levels of stress. How to Lower Insulin Levels (and lose weight) Having high blood insulin levels, also called hyperinsulinemia, is a risk factor for developing…

Super-easy chicken cacciatore

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1.5kg mixed chicken pieces, trimmed 1 brown onion, roughly chopped 1 red capsicum, chopped 200g cup mushrooms, sliced 575g jar Napolitano pasta sauce ½ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved ½ cup small fresh basil leaves Method Heat oil in a large, non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken…

Paprika tomato & onion salad

The addition of sugar and spice brings out the natural sweetness of these truss tomatoes, transforming them into a glorious summer side. Ingredients (serves 8) 1 x 500g pkt tomatoes 1 red onion, halved, thinly sliced 1 tbs caster sugar 2 tsp sea salt 3 tsp mild paprika 125ml (1/2 cup) olive oil 125ml (1/2…