Pregnant women with diabetes ‘need extra care’

Blood glucose control Previous research has established that having diabetes increases the chance of birth defects, but the latest study, published in the journal Diabetologia, is one of the first to quantify the effect of glucose levels on risk. Existing guidelines emphasise the need for specialist care before a woman with diabetes gets pregnant. This includes advice…

10 Golden Rules of Weight Loss

If 2013 is the year you plan to shed those extra kilos, then it’s time to take a look at the 10 golden rules for weight loss.  We’re not talking about crash diets or over-exercising, we are talking about clever planning and understanding your body and mind. Let’s begin! 1. Be proactive about diet selection Nothing fades faster…

Low-fat moussaka rolls

Concerned about the fat content of your family meals? Worry no more with this moussaka recipe. Cooking Time 60 minutes Ingredients (serves 4) 1 large (800g) eggplant, cut lengthways into 5mm-thick slices Olive oil cooking spray 2 teaspoons lemon juice 350g fresh reduced-fat ricotta cheese 1 green onion, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed ¼…

Beef, bean and veggie chili

Serves 6 This chili gets hearty flavor from beans, bell peppers and corn, while using only a small amount of beef. Top it with your choice of classic garnishes, such as sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, cilantro and lime wedges. Ingredients 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 250g lean ground beef 1 large onion, diced…

Colds and Flu: An Acid body means a weak immune system

An Acid body means a weak immune system You will probably have read that not just your cells, but your immune system flourishes in an alkaline environment. You may wonder how? The short answer is Beneficial Bacteria. The gut is known to contain about 800 different strains of bacteria; 400 have been identified and about…

7 Myths and 7 Facts about diabetes

  Myth: Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, you have to go on insulin shots. Fact: If diagnosed early, Type 2 diabetes can be managed with lifestyle – diet and exercise. If more advanced, multiple oral medications exist that can control blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes, you may never need to be on insulin shots. …

Chicken, olive and rosemary hotpot

Tuck into this hearty hot pot – it is filling, low-fat and healthy – Perfect! Ingredients (serves 4) ¼ cup White Plain Flour 4 small chicken breast fillets, skin removed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cup white wine 400g can chopped tomatoes ½ cup pitted olives…

Baked fish fillets

These low-fat fish fillets are given a nutritious boost with the addition of healthy vegetables. Ingredients (serves 4) 2 green onions 1 red capsicum(green pepper) 1 carrot 4 thick white fish fillets, (Hake is good) ¼ cup reduced-salt soy sauce steamed Brown rice, to serve Method Preheat oven to 200°C. Cut onions into 5cm lengths.…

Dangers of Candida Yeast Infection

You probably already know that a Candida yeast infection is not a pleasant experience, even if you have never had one yourself. But do you know that repeated or chronic Candida yeast infection can actually have other side effects and complications? What are some of the dangers of Candida yeast infection? One problem is the…

5 Surprising Reasons you’re Gaining Weight

Extra calories may not be the only cause of weight gain.  1. You Might Be Gaining Weight Because of Lack of Sleep When you don’t get enough sleep, your body experiences physiological stress and, biochemically, you store fat more efficiently. Symptoms that you may not be getting enough rest include fatigue, low energy levels, nodding off easily, and…