How the Blood Sugar of Diabetes Affects the Body

Diabetes mellitus leads to persistently elevated blood sugar levels. Over time, high sugar levels damage the body and can lead to the multiple health problems associated with diabetes. But why are high blood sugars so bad for you? How much sugar in the blood is too much? And what are good sugar levels, anyway? Diabetes…

Tomato, mozzarella, basil & crouton salad

Ingredients (6 servings) 1 garlic clove, crushed 60ml (¼ cup) olive oil 6 thick slices crusty bread (made from day-old bread), cut into 2cm pieces 6 (about 600g) tomatoes, cut into wedges 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Pinch of caster sugar 200g fresh mozzarella, torn into 2cm pieces ½ cup fresh basil leaves, torn Method…

Watermelon and feta salad

Ingredients (6 servings) 2 teaspoons olive oil ½ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ teaspoon sea salt 2.4kg (½ small) seedless watermelon, peeled, quartered 100g feta cheese ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil Method Place oil and pumpkin seeds in a cold frying pan. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until…

What is “meno-pot”?

Women tend to have more fat during middle age than men do. Even if you don’t add pounds, you may find that clothes don’t fit because the waist is too tight. What gives? Doctors think several things can work together to explain why weight gain can strike around this time: We burn fat more slowly…

10 Ways to Reduce Stress, Fatigue, and Bloating

Shake the Salt Habit Feeling bloated? Salt may be partly to blame. Too much salt can cause you to retain water. And it can contribute to high blood pressure. Cut back on salt by choosing fresh (not canned or processed) foods and experimenting with other seasonings such as curry powder, garlic, cumin, or rosemary to…

7 Diet Tips That Really Work

Try these creative weight loss tips to make dieting easier — and more successful Whether you’re looking to lose a few kg’s – or have 15, 20 or more kilograms to shed – a few creative weight loss tips can make it easier. Count on more than willpower alone It’s easy to blame diet failures…

Chicken agrodolce

A Sicilian specialty, agrodolce is a sweet-and-sour sauce flavoured with vinegar, sugar and red onion. Ingredients (serves 4) 2 tbs plain flour 800g chicken thigh fillets, excess fat trimmed, halved 1½ tbs olive oil 1 red onion, halved, cut into thin wedges 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 80ml (1/3 cup) white wine 250ml (1 cup)…

Vegetarian tagine

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons Moroccan seasoning 1 cinnamon stick 3cm piece fresh ginger, grated 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 medium carrot, halved, thickly sliced 650g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 3cm cubes 1½ cups vegetable stock 400g can crushed tomatoes ½ (500g) small cauliflower,…

10 Fitness Tips for the Unmotivated

Take the First Step Maybe you’re not going to be a superstar athlete. But you can still set a big fitness goal for yourself, even if you’ve never tried a sport before. Examples of fitness goals could be a century ride (a 160-km bike ride in less than a day). Or you could train for…

Resolutions for Menopausal Women

Change your mind and body Women are often so focused on looking their best on the outside that they forget how important it is to be healthy on the inside. Remember that strong bodies come in all shapes and sizes with varied packaging. Having a healthy body image starts with positive thinking and continues with…