Coffee, Cortisol and Weight

(NaturalNews) Conventional wisdom about weight loss suggests coffee may be a good addition to a diet plan since it has minimal calories and no fat. While this seems logical, a more holistic view evaluates coffee from the perspective of its influence on the body’s ability to metabolize the other food we eat. Recent studies suggest…

Roast pumpkin with red onion

Ingredients (serves 6)Roast pumpkin with red onion 1.5 kg pumpkin, unpeeled, deseeded, cut into wedges 4 red onions, unpeeled, quartered 2 tbs olive oil 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Arrange the pumpkin and onion, in a single layer, in a large roasting pan. Drizzle over the oil and toss to…

Concentration problems during menopause

Common Characteristics of Difficulty Concentrating • Lost train of thought • Disorientation • Fuzzy thinking • Forgetfulness • Inability to concentrate for long periods of time • Inability to focus on complex tasks Causes While a number of factors may play a role in the incidence of difficulty concentrating, for women undergoing the menopausal transition…

14 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Are you eating well and exercising, but your weight just won’t budge? Or it’s going up? Desperate attempts to lose weight can be so frustrating and create a real stress in our lives. It’s a vicious cycle of trying to control what we eat, feeling like a failure because the scale doesn’t move, punishing ourselves…

Mustard chicken with cumin sweet potato

Ingredients (serves 4) Olive oil cooking spray 600g orange sweet potato, cut into 1cm-thick rounds 2 medium red onions, cut into wedges 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard 2 teaspoons lemon juice 3 (500g) chicken breast fillets, trimmed 60g baby spinach Lemon wedges, to serve Method Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Place sweet…

Steak with balsamic mushrooms

Ingredients (serves 2 to 4) 4 x 100g beef steaks (sirloin or rump) Olive oil cooking spray 1 tablespoon olive oil 200g button mushrooms, sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, finely chopped 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar Baby spinach, to serve Method Lightly spray both sides of steaks with oil. Season with…

Loss of libido during Menopause

Loss of libido can be one of the most difficult symptoms of menopause to manage, often because a woman might not understand how and why she has lost the desire to be physically intimate with her partner. It is important to recognize that loss of libido during menopause is common, affecting as many as 20…