How Does Sugar Affect Mood Swings?

Mood swings are particularly common in menopausal women and females who are suffering with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Why? Because mood swings are usually a result of a change to a woman’s natural hormones. This means that a hormonal imbalance, a disruption to the production of hormones, or a hormonal dominance can all send our emotions…

Vegetable and lentil soup

Ingredients (serve 6) 1¼ cups green lentils 3 stalks celery, with leaves chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 400g can diced tomatoes 3 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon tomato paste Grated parmesan and celery leaves, to serve 2 carrots, peeled, chopped 1 onion, chopped Method Wash lentils under running water. Drain well. Place in a large…

Menopause & Weight Gain

On average, women gain between 6 to 8 kilograms between the ages of 45 and 55, the stage in life when menopause typically occurs. This extra weight generally does not evenly distribute itself throughout a woman’s body. The weight tends instead to accumulate around the abdomen, and women often notice the shape of their bodies…

Diabetes & Nerve Damage

Definition Nerve damage due to diabetes is known as diabetic neuropathy. High levels of blood sugar can cause injuries to the nerve fibers in the entire body; however it usually targets the nerves in the feet and legs. Although diabetic neuropathy is very commonly found and quite serious, it can be managed or even prevented…

Fish stew

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon extra-light olive oil  4 garlic cloves, finely chopped  1 teaspoon ground turmeric  2 x 400g cans whole peeled tomatoes  400g can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed  600g Hake fillets, cut into large pieces  1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped Method Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic.…

Chicken soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 4 (about 900g) chicken thigh cutlets, skinned, excess fat trimmed 1 large brown onion, halved, finely chopped 1 large carrot, peeled, finely chopped 1 celery stick, trimmed, finely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh continental parsley stems 6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked 2L (8 cups)…

Healthy Gut can lead to Weight Loss

What does the bacteria in your gut have to do with your waistline? A lot more than you might think! Multiple studies have shown that obese people have different intestinal bacteria than slim people, and regardless of weight most people do not have the optimal balance of good and bad bacteria in their intestines. This…

For the Men

Is it Low Testosterone? Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the body. In men, testosterone is mostly produced in the testicles and is responsible for stimulating sperm production and sex drive, as well as building muscles and bone mass. As men age, testosterone production decreases. When production drastically drops or ceases, a range…

Weight, Hormones and Age

It seems that most women struggle with weight gain as they age, especially at earlier ages than would be expected. One key culprit is hormonal imbalances, particularly estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone produced in the ovaries which promotes cell division and cell growth, but in excessive amounts, it contributes to the formation of fat tissue.…

Paprika fish with corn avocado salsa

Ingredients (4 servings) 2 corn cobs, husks and silk removed 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons paprika 2 tablespoons plain flour 1 ripe avocado, stoned, peeled, coarsely chopped 200g pkt cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 red chilli, seeded, chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 cup coriander leaves 4 (about 600g) white fish fillets (such as…