Is skipping breakfast a good idea?

These days there never seems to be enough time in the day. Deadlines are forever looming. We are always needed by someone, somewhere else, fifteen minutes ago.  We try to save time wherever we can and most times this is to the detriment of our health and well being....

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National Nutrition Week – Nutrition in the Workplace

This is such an important topic as work is where we spend the majority of our lives. Work environments can be busy and stressful and often not present the opportunity to eat correctly and regularly.  However, our productivity and energy levels are extremely reliant on...

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Be Healthy by eating more naturally

The most important message that I give is that the eating plan you follow should be practical and healthy enough to follow for the rest of your life. There is, unfortunately, no magic pill for weightloss. Ultimately if you want to lose weight it is all about cutting...

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WP Blood Transfusion Services Wellness Day

On Friday we did a Wellness Day at WP Blood Transfusion Services in Cape Town. It was a fantastic day! The staff were friendly, enthusiastic and keen to get healthy. A large group of them even took part in a festive zumba class 🙂 Healthy Habits provided Dietetic...

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Hunger and Satiety

One of the concepts that come up a lot in our practice is hunger and satiety. Hunger itself is a complex thing. Physical hunger vs emotional hunger is a whole conversation on its own – this post will focus on physical hunger. Understanding hunger and satiety is...

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Healthy Eating Habits are attainable for everyone

Often I see clients who are looking for a quick fix and wanting to lose weight as quickly as they have put it on. My answer is always the same. I am there to help them adopt healthy eating habits and not just hand over a quick weight loss solution. Many of the clients...

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What I’ve learnt from breastfeeding

In honour of world breastfeeding week, I thought I would write about my personal experience with breastfeeding. So, from a Dieticians perspective, combining what I have learnt over the past 10 years and experienced over the past 8 months, I hope these few points will...

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Food Fads

We all have access to and receive nutrition information from a variety of sources, sometimes without even consciously realising it. These sources are more often than not marketing companies or individuals that promote unproven healthy products which carry attractive...

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Why fruit is NOT bad for you!

Since banting has become a craze, I hear many of my clients saying “I know fruit is bad for you but…” Is fruit really bad for you? Let me set the record straight! We need to look at it in perspective. Yes, fruit contains naturally occurring sugars (fructose), but it...

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Tips to promote healthy eating in children

If you have children, below are easy tips that you can use to incorporate healthy eating into your family. Eat together regularly as a family. This is sometimes difficult these days as time is never on our side. Try to serve one meal a day whether it be breakfast or...

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Recipe: Zucchini and Feta Soup

  Winter always makes me crave soup, somehow it warms up every bone in your body! This is one of my favourites and it’s pretty healthy too! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Zucchini, feta and potato soup Serves 6 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, finely...

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Sweet Sweet Sugar

If you watched Carte Blanche last night you would have seen the story about “sugar addiction”. These days sugar is found in most products sometimes without us even realising it. There is a daily guideline of approximately 9 teaspoons of sugar for men and 6 teaspoons...

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Healthy Eating during Ramadan

The underlying message behind Ramadan is self-discipline and self-control, however many people struggle with weight gain over this period. It is important to stick to healthy eating principles during this time and to make sure that you are nourishing your body as best...

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Recipe: Butternut squash and Barley Risotto

Ingredients 350g butternut squash, peeled and cubed into bite-size chunks 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic minced 200g barley, rinsed and picked over 450ml chicken or vegetable stock Splash dry white wine (optional) 2 tbsp fresh sage chopped (2...

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Winter Wellness Package

  Winter is always a tough time for healthy eating. This year Healthy Habits is offering a 3-month winter wellness package to keep you on track and fighting fit over the colder months! This awesome package includes: A 45 minute one on one appointment with 1 of...

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Reduce your salt intake with these 5 easy steps!

South Africa has over 6.3 million people living with high blood pressure, one of the highest rates worldwide! According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, a staggering 80% of these cardiovascular diseases could be prevented through modified behaviour – like...

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The Sugar Content of Sauces

Most of us know how much sugar is in a can of Coke -it’s something that receives much publicity! What is often overlooked is the amount of hidden sugars in other household food staples. The image above has been doing the rounds on social media and is very insightful...

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Preparing for Gun Run

  Are you running Gun Run this weekend? Here are some tips to make sure you are well fuelled and ready to go! During the week leading up to the race, your training will taper but make sure that you keep your intake up. Don't wait until the last day to fuel up A mix of...

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