Pregnancy changes the way you look at food and your diet – as well as the rest of your life! Pontsho Sepoloane, a Pretoria-based dietitian and executive member of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, wants to make sure it’s a healthy change.
With the advent of home juicers, many claim to drink their way to wellness and weight loss. Kim Kardashian apparently did a juice fast to get wedding-ready, Beyoncé reportedly lost nearly 10 kg on a lemon juice and cayenne pepper diet, and Salma Hayek swears by Cooler Cleanse juice.
Dietitian Alpha Rasekhala has worked with the South African Department of Health, conducting nutritional assessments at hospitals, prisons and other facilities across South Africa and developing food-service management guidelines. His consulting firm works with government and corporate clients and he treats individuals in Joburg. He is a spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA). And we are chatting to him about salt this week.
Every day in SA, 33 people die as a result of heart attacks, 37 due to heart failures and 60 because of strokes. One in three men and one in four women will develop a heart condition by the age of 60. Nutrition plays an important role in keeping your ticker ticking, so we asked registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) Xoli Dube for some expert advice on heart disease.
With an overload of nutritional misconceptions and myths, it’s difficult to determine which foods are healthy and which are not. Here, we separate the good eggs from the bad. We’re here to bust those health food myths.
I am one of those people who can’t function without my double flat white in the morning. In addition, one of my favourite hobbies is ‘procaffinating’ with willing colleagues (I may have taken more than one coffee break while writing this article). So I was thrilled to discover that, according to new findings, coffee and its energy-boosting main ingredient, caffeine, are beneficial to your health, while plenty of their long-touted negative effects have been dispelled. So grab yourself a cuppa and read on.
Nearly one in 10 adults in South Africa are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – and many more are at risk. We asked dietitian Faaizah Asmal Laher to decode this disease. Faaizah is a wife, mother, spokesperson for ADSA (Association for Dietetics in South Africa) and dietitian working in Joburg. She loves cooking healthy, but yummy, meals.
Upon reading the title you might think I’m being harsh, but hear me out. Hashtags for eating ‘clean’ have taken social media, the internet and quite frankly, the daily food choices of fitness fanatics and healthy eaters by storm. If a food item isn’t ‘clean’ it’s considered a cheat meal, or worse, banned from the diet for life! This obsession of classifying foods into good vs bad is creating a culture of guilt and trepidation when it comes to eating, which eventually leads to eating disorders and other forms of disordered eating! Food is tasty, interesting, powerful and nourishing. Let’s appreciate it for what it is and not let the ‘clean eating’ movement take away our happiness!
There has been a recent uproar in the media about the Wolf Diet. The main objective here is to only eat one meal a day, and that meal needs to be high in protein-heavy and fat. Let’s say you go with dinner. You’ll have to expel lunch and breakfast, as well as that last slice of chocolate mousse cake you were hoping to devour. But we love food, and we like to indulge, too much to give it up without good reason, so we delved a little deeper.
It seems that the health world has found yet another way to surprise us by making sneaking veggies into food a trend. Remember the days when adding spinach to a smoothie was the in-thing? This year it’s all about creamy cauliflower smoothies!