Does menopause make you irritable and moody?

Mood swings are defined as extreme or abrupt fluctuations in mood. During mood swings, people often experience drastic shifts in their emotional state. The term “mood swing” is often used to describe an emotional reaction that is inappropriate to its cause. During menopause, women commonly experience mood swings because their hormones, which regulate mood and…

First Signs of Menopause

A woman might experience menopause symptoms for years before she is actually “in menopause”, which is when she has not had a menstrual period for a full year. The signs of menopause vary from woman to woman. Some women only experience mild symptoms of menopause and are not particularly bothered by them. Other women seem to have…

Beef and bean chilli

Ingredients (serves 4) 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 teaspoons ground cumin 1½ teaspoons chilli powder 375g lean beef mince 1 x 410g cans diced tomatoes ½ cup salt-reduced beef stock 1 x 400g cans large kidney beans, drained, rinsed 100g green beans, trimmed, chopped Method…

Key West Chicken

Ingredients  3 tablespoons soy sauce  1 tablespoon honey  1 tablespoon vegetable oil  1 teaspoon lime juice  1 teaspoon chopped garlic  4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves Method In a shallow container, blend soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, and garlic. Place chicken breast halves into the mixture, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate…

Weight Loss & Smoking

Ways to Quit Smoking without Weight Gain Most people looking for ways to quit smoking worry about weight gain, and with good reason. Smokers who quit tend to pack on an average of 2.5 Kg or more after they stop smoking cigarettes. A new study, published by the journal Science, explains why this happens, paving…

Unexplained Weight Loss

Unexplained Weight Loss Unexplained weight loss is the term used to describe a decrease in body weight that occurs unintentionally and can be a warning sign of diabetes. The amount you weigh is determined by a number of factors including age, your calorie intake and overall health. Once you reach middle adulthood, your weight should…

Roasted tomato and bean salad

Ingredients (serves 4) 4 tomatoes, halved 1 shallot, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 400g can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed 400g can butter beans, drained, rinsed 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives Method Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Place tomato, cut side up, in a roasting pan. Top with shallot. Drizzle…

Weight Loss and Alcohol

If you need to lose weight, avoiding alcohol is a wise decision. Not only is alcohol packed with empty calories and devoid of any nourishment, but its inhibiting of your fat-burning and fat-storing hormones provides a double and triple whammy against all your weight loss efforts. Alcohol Lowers Blood Sugar Making poor food choices is…

Cramps, pins and needles

Poor circulation in your legs can cause pain, cramping, color and temperature changes, numbness, and tingling. A number of different medical conditions including diabetic neuropathy, chronic venous insufficiency, and peripheral vascular disease can cause poor circulation. However, one of the best things that you can do for poor circulation in your legs is to exercise.…

Beef with lentils, feta and mint

Ingredients (serves 4) 250g punnet cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil 1/2 cup (80g) kalamata olives, chopped 2 x 200g beef sirloin steaks 1 tbs chopped rosemary 400g can lentils, rinsed, drained 1 tbs lemon juice 150g feta, crumbled 1 tsp dried mint 2 tbs mint leaves Method Preheat the oven to 200C. Toss…