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LOCKDOWN: ENJOY THE PAUSE!

I must say, when the lockdown began, abruptly; the first instant benefit I could see and feel was the slowing down from life’s exhaustive, non-stop ‘run’ or ‘chase’ as I call it. Lockdown made the impossible – possible. This sudden halt did jerk the daily routine; which had its place and discipline. The to-do-bucket-list suddenly […]

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Co-existing with Covid-19

The enforced full stop to the society as I knew was never a concept I envisaged. Yet it did dawn upon me and it did leave its footprints. Most people who know me would know that I have a dislike for phones, especially mobile phones. I am a chatty, face to face person. Stage 1 The phone wouldn’t stop. […]

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Quit smoking for Ramadan 2020

Ramadan is an annual Islamic month of fasting, worship, prayer, spirituality and reflection for 29 to 30 days in which smoking, eating, drinking and the use of tobacco products are strictly forbidden during fasting hours. If you are a smoker then it can be very challenging during the month of Ramadan, especially during the fasting […]

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Healthy eating on a budget

There is a presumption that eating healthy is expensive however this is not the case. In fact, takeaways and ready meals are likely to cost more and end up being less nutritious, higher in calories, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Tips – Batch cooking can save you time and cooking from scratch allows you to […]

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Healthier snacks

Snacking is when we eat food between our regular meals. Often people wonder if snacking is good for us, this depends largely on the type of snacks we select and the amount we eat. If we plan ahead and are selective, snacks can be a healthy part of our diet. However, some snacks such as […]

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Getting the most out of food

Food wastage is when food that could be eaten by us has been left to go off or is discarded. Certain measures can help reduce this waste. These include doing a food audit, reducing portion sizes, freezing extras, and using leftovers in other recipes. Before shopping for food check what you already have including items […]

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Planning meals

During these unprecedented times it is overwhelming for everyone; no schools open, social distancing, self-isolation, limited stock on the supermarket shelves and financial constraints. Tips & Alternatives: – For foods that come in large quantities e.g. chicken fillets individually pack and freeze them allowing you to defrost as and when you need. – Make a […]

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Tips on freezing food

Freezing foods are a great way to minimise space in the fridge, used as an emergency, saves you time, is a great way to store food, retains nutrients and also preserves food. Don’t freeze old food because you don’t want to throw it away the aim of freezing is to keep food to its freshest. […]

Fruit and Vegetables

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Dispelling myths around Immune boosting foods

Coronavirus has caused people to seek miracle cures to boost our immune system. People are wanting to protect themselves and are searching for answers especially on how to prevent Covid-19 through diet and fluids. There is lots of misleading information on nutrition at present through media channels; some being drinking celery juice, turmeric shots, mushroom […]

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Advice on coping during the COVID-19 crisis

This is a difficult time for everyone and for some it may be stressful and panic for the foreseeable future. With kids off school, unemployment, everything closed; everything has come to a halt.  However, we must follow government guidelines for self-isolating if you have symptoms and social distancing to minimise the spread of COVID-19. Here […]