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THE KETOGENIC DIET – WHAT’S ALL THE HYPE ABOUT?

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THE KETOGENIC DIET – WHAT’S ALL THE HYPE ABOUT?

In the world of fitness and weight-loss, the ketogenic diet is the new kid on the block. Rumour has it, it’s key to optimizing fat-loss, strength and curbing our appetite. But how much of this is true? Or could this high-fat, low-carb diet be just another trend? The good news is – you’re about to find out.   FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT IS A KETOGENIC DIET? A ketogenic diet means that you get approximately 75% of your daily energy from (healthy) fats, 20% from protein and only 5% from carbohydrates (mainly vegetables) – which basically means only between 30g-50g of...

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4 WAYS TO STOP UNHEALTHY FOOD CRAVINGS

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4 WAYS TO STOP UNHEALTHY FOOD CRAVINGS

We’ve all had them, at varying points in the day. The highs and lows of the sugar craving! Well, any cravings at all for that matter. We all have that one thing we crave – be it salt, sugar, fats or carbs. It can be a bit of a minefield knowing how to combat these cravings (short of locking all your cupboards!), but there are a few things you can do when you’re in the midst of an unhealthy craving!   1.  Golden rule number one, understand your blood sugar levels and eat protein. Everyday, our body goes through highs...

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HEALTHY LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS

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HEALTHY LUNCH BOX IDEAS FOR KIDS

Although cooked dinners at school are getting healthier, a packed lunch box gives you more control over what your child is eating.  There are so many options that you can pack that are healthy and nutritious. Here are a few healthy lunch box ideas if you’re stuck and looking for some inspiration:     Homemade Snack Balls Making your own snacks means that you can control what goes into them and they could work out a lot cheaper.  Snack balls, which tend to be a mix of medjool dates, rolled oats, nut butter (optional) and cocoa powder work well.  You...

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FAD DIET vs. BAD DIET - SAME THING?

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FAD DIET vs. BAD DIET - SAME THING?

For some reason we have become all too familiar with the idea of restriction being a “healthy diet”. Fruit is avoided because it’s considered “too high in carbs”, regardless of how good it is  for our health. The things we seem to enjoy, we deny ourselves until it comes to cheat day. Then, we almost overdose because who knows when the next “fix” will be. Juices have replaced meals and therefore not eating a single piece of solid food for the whole day is the “norm” for many. It seems the concept of what a healthy nutrition actually is has...

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Healthy Afternoon Tea

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Healthy Afternoon Tea

HEALTHY AFTERNOON TEA   1.     Go for a herbal tea.   This is simple and straight to the point. There are so many delicious herbal teas – many of which have fantastic health benefits. Go for a mint tea to improve digestion and relax your mind or a ginger tea to aid absorption of your food. If you’re a caffeine nut, earl grey can be drunk with a slice of lemon and a delicious alternative to tea! Green tea is also lightly caffeinated and boats a whole host of antioxidants. There are lots of fruity options too – including blackcurrant or...

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