Don’t Like to Work out? Try a Different Approach

By now you have heard that an inactive lifestyle contributes not only to weight gain, but also to elevated blood fats, cardiovascular disease, several kinds of cancer and reduced blood sugar regulation. Lack of physical activity/movement also increases depression, memory loss, cognitive dysfunction, fatigue and a host of other emotional and physical problems. Having heard…

Fiber is crucial for Weight Loss

  What is Fiber? Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that is present in plant cells. Your body can’t digest fiber, thus it slows the absorption of other types of carbohydrates, such as sugar and starch, helping to stabilize your blood sugar. It also adds bulk without increasing caloric intake, a very useful weight loss tool. There are two types of fiber…

Chicken Basque

  Savour the rich flavors of Spanish chicken with chili and paprika. Ingredients (serves 4) 1½ tbs olive oil 8 skinless chicken thigh cutlets 1 onion, halved, thinly sliced 1 red bell pepper (capsicum), seeded, thinly sliced 2 long fresh green chilies, seeded, thinly sliced diagonally 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp paprika 400g…

Mexican beef salad

Ingredients (serves 4) 400g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 1cm cubes olive oil cooking spray 4 limes 450g beef rump steak, trimmed 35g packet taco seasoning 400g can red kidney beans, rinsed, drained 310g can corn kernels, rinsed, drained 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves 4 green onions, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed Method Preheat…

Don’t panic if you have signs of diabetes

  Medicines aren’t always necessary to control blood-glucose levels. More than a third of adults in the western world have early signs of high blood sugar levels, a condition called pre-diabetes, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means a person’s blood sugar is elevated but not high enough to be diagnosed as…

Dealing with menopause and bone health

Estrogen is extremely important in preventing bone loss. Therefore, bone loss is often accelerated during the time of menopause due to declining estrogen levels. It is important for individuals, especially women, to begin building their bone bank (bone density) as early as possible to help prevent bone loss and/or osteoporosis. The fuller your bone bank,…

A Diet to Boost Your Mood & Energy Level

Can Food Boost Energy and Mood? Though it’s too soon to say, “An apple a day keeps the doldrums away,” researchers are studying the links between what we eat and how we feel. There is evidence that changing your diet can change your metabolism and brain chemistry, ultimately affecting your energy level and mood. Getting…

Beef and pear tagine

Ingredients (serves 6) 2/3 cup honey 1 large lemon, juiced 2 firm pears, cores removed, cut into thick wedges 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground allspice 2 tablespoons olive oil 2kg chuck steak, cut into 3cm cubes 2 brown onions, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, grated 3 to…

Lentil Salad with Fruits, Nuts and Cheese

Ingredients (serves 6) Lentil Salad 1 cup (250 mL) dried brown or green lentils 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1 apple, cored and chopped 1 cup (250 mL) halved green or red seedless grapes 6 cups (1.5 L) baby spinach leaves 1 ½ cups (375 mL) Black Diamond Medium Cheddar…