Lentil & tomato soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small brown onion, coarsely chopped 1 x 400g pkt vegetable Mix 2 x 400g cans brown lentils, rinsed, drained 1 x 400g can Diced Tomatoes 500ml (2 cups) Vegetable Stock 500ml (2 cups) boiling water ¼ cup chopped fresh continental parsley Freshly ground black pepper Method Heat…

Beef & prune tagine

Ingredients (4 servings) 2 tablespoons olive oil 500g Diced Beef 1 brown onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 3 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon ground ginger 400g can diced tomatoes 1 cup (250ml) beef stock ¾ cup (125g) seeded prunes, coarsely chopped 150g pkt Baby Spinach…

Weight Loss & Leptin Resistance

The link between Leptin and weight gain. Leptin is a hormone that communicates with the brain that we’ve eaten enough and causes us to feel “full”. It also helps the body to utilize fat as an energy source. When leptin is working properly in the body it helps to control how much is consumed at…

Menopause & Sleep difficulties

You may toss and turn restlessly as you try to sleep or wake up regularly in the middle of the night. Insomnia (sleep disorder), is a symptom of perimenopause and menopause and it is caused by a decline in estrogen and progesterone levels.  How a decline in estrogen affects sleep Slows down the intake and…

Exercise and/or Diet to Lose Weight?

Exercise and diet goes hand in hand when you want to lose weight, but cutting calories through dietary changes seems to promote weight loss more effectively than does exercise and physical activity. But physical activity also is important in weight control. The key to weight loss is burning more calories than you consume. Because 3,500…