Category: Weight Loss

How to make water kefir

Go straight to basic recipe Water kefir is a lacto-fermented pro-biotic drink made using water kefir grains that feed on sugar water and minerals. The profusion of bio-available pro-biotics in water kefir helps to improve digestive health, immune response, mood and energy levels and reduce allergic reactions, by feeding the good bacteria throughout the gastrointestinal […]

Warm water with lemon in the morning

Drink a cup of warm water first thing in the morning. Adopting healthy habits takes some effort. This one however is relatively easy as most of us will put a kettle of water on the boil in the morning. Many of you may already be doing this and most people know the benefits of starting your […]

Healthy eating habits

General guidelines While there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet, there are some general guidelines that can help us achieve a balanced diet. Eating mostly plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils), while limiting highly refined foods, will help to reduce your intake of saturated or trans fats, excess hidden sugar, salt and […]

Natural Weight Loss

Understanding Metabolism When we think about metabolism we generally think of it in connection with how efficiently we use up energy (counted as calories) from the food we eat. However, metabolism is not just about burning calories. It  includes hundreds of biochemical processes essential to life, such as breathing, circulation of blood, converting food into energy, and […]

Your Right Weight

What is your right weight? There are many mathematical equations that can tell you what your average weight should be. Cultural and societal influences and our own inner critic, may point to an idealised dress size or waistband. Rather than external dictates, I believe our own body lets us know when we have reached our ideal or right […]

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are sugars produced by plants during the process of photosynthesis. They are an essential source of energy not only for the plants who produce them but also for us. Carbohydrates can be simple sugars (monosaccharides), double sugars (disaccharides), composed of a few sugars (oligosaccharides), or of many sugars (polysaccharides.) Most foods contain carbohydrates, which […]

The Breakfast Smoothie

The breakfast smoothie can be a great tasting start to the day. Smoothies are simple to prepare and you can easily mask the flavours of nutritious superfoods that may not be to your liking with the addition of sweet fruits or spices such as cinnamon. Cinnamon is high in calcium, fibre, iron and manganese. Numerous studies have confirmed the health […]

Plant-based proteins

Proteins account for about 20% of our body weight, they help to build body tissues, enzymes, immune cells and are involved in all functions of the body. Protein needs decrease with age, excessive amounts burdens the kidneys and can reduce bone density. Proteins from legumes, seeds, nuts and pseudo-grains should account for about 20% of […]

Essential Fatty Acids

Omega 3 & 6 The human body is capable of producing all the fatty acids it requires except for two: omega-3 fatty acid and omega-6 fatty acid. For this reason, Omega-3 and 6 are termed: Essential fatty acids (EFAs), because they need to be obtained from our diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are primarily found in […]