How to Prevent Depression during Menopause

How to Prevent Depression during Menopause Depression during menopause can be prevented before it has even begun. Menopause is going to happen: like it or not, you cannot change that fact. What you can control, however, is how much it is going to affect your life. More than 70% of women will suffer from signs…

Summer Squash Recipe

Ingredients (serves 4) 1kg squash and/or zucchini (baby marrow), sliced 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed, sliced 2 smallish tomatoes or one large tomato, peeled and cut into wedges ½ yellow onion, peeled and sliced 1 clove of garlic, chopped Olive oil 5 or 6 slices of cheese – cheddar Basil, either dry or chopped…

Bolognese

Ingredients (makes 6 cups) 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium brown onions, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 large carrot, finely chopped 1 large red capsicum, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 750g beef mince 2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes ¾ cup beef stock 2 tablespoons tomato paste Method Heat oil in…

Bolognese-stuffed eggplants

Ingredients (serves 4) 2 (500g each) eggplants Olive oil cooking spray ½ quantity Bolognese (see related recipe) 1/3 cup shredded fresh basil leaves ½ cup grated parmesan Small fresh basil leaves, to serve Method Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Pierce eggplant several times with a fork. Spray all…

Symptoms of Diabetes: Be on the look out for these!

Early symptoms of diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, can be subtle or seemingly harmless — if you have symptoms at all. Over time, however, you may develop diabetes complications, even if you haven’t had diabetes symptoms. Understanding possible diabetes symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and treatment — and a lifetime of better health. The…

Stress and weight gain

There are several ways in which stress can contribute to weight gain. One has to do with cortisol, a stress hormone. When we’re under stress, the fight or flight response is triggered in our bodies, leading to the release of various hormones. Whether we’re stressed because of constant, crazy demands at work or we’re really…

Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potato

Ingredients (serves 4) 6 sweet potatoes, cut into 6 or 8 cubes each 2 eggs, whisked 1 splash orange juice 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 pinch salt 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded chili – to taste Method 1. Preheat your oven to 190ºC and turn on your convection fan if you have one. 2. Steam, bake,…

Drink more water to lose weight

Water The problem with dehydration is that we sometimes experience hunger while we are in fact thirsty. Always drink water first when you feel hungry, just to be on the safe side regarding calorie intake. Did you know that the body requires 2 grams of water for every gram of carbohydrate? Thus, when you eat…

Menopause Digestive Problems

Digestive discomfort Hormonal imbalance during peri-menopause is one of the primary causes of digestive problems for women between the ages of 45 and 55. Luckily there are treatments that can bring a woman’s hormones back in balance and relieve her digestive problems and other menopausal symptoms. There are different symptoms of digestive problems that can…

Easy Italian chicken bake

Ingredients ½ bunch fresh oregano 1½ tablespoons olive oil 6 chicken thigh cutlets, skin on 4 roma tomatoes, halved 4 garlic cloves, peeled ½ cup pitted Sicilian olives 125g tub large bocconcini, torn Method Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Finely chop half the oregano. Break remaining oregano into small sprigs. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in…