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Flying high for mental health

November 14, 2017

This year was our family’s first time at the Cape Town International kite festival and it didn’t disappoint one bit. What first attracted me to the event is the great platform it creates to spread the message of mental health. Also, what kid does not love kites? Whether they are flying it or standing-by admiring its beauty up high,  kids are completely captivated by this windswept wonder.

It is so important that we know looking after our mental health is no less important than looking after our physical health. This is the very reason I decided to fly my kite high in support of this initiative, and I encourage everyone to get involved. One just needs to switch on the tv or read the news to see how mental illness is running rampant destroying lives. Cape Mental health brings awareness to this and provides basic care to children and adults suffering from its onslaught.

We arrived at the 23rd kite festival on a true-to-the-Cape windy afternoon in October, which of cause was perfect for the kiters. The kids LOVED all the fun rides and were in awe of the enormous, towering and colourful character kites made by experienced kiters from all over the world.  I cannot even begin to imagine how long it took them to create these beauties. Unfortunately, we just missed the free kite-making sessions earlier in the day and instead headed off to the section especially cordoned-off for the kids to fly their kites that we bought at the festival.

We also enjoyed the live performances by local artists and which added to the already amazing vibe. There was no shortage of food and drinks with plenty of food trucks and we ended up staying so much longer than we planned. We will FOR SURE be back next year.

But of cause, a picture speaks louder than words, so see for yourself!

 

 

 

Keep the conversation going:

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest

Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2wTJSFp

Twitter: @CTKiteFest

Instagram: @CTKiteFest

Hashtags: #RightToFly #CTKiteFest

Web: www.capementalhealth.co.za

 

Love,

 

 

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Porridge Brain Is Real

September 25, 2017

I just remembered how forgetful I always am, so let me jot this down real quick before I forget again.

Do you ever feel like you have to write everything down to remember it later? If you even remember to read what you’ve written in order to know what it is you have to remember.

Confusing, right? Well, that’s exactly what my brain looks like after having three kids! Yet it’s been an age-old debate whether porridge brain is actually “a thing” and if it is, whether it’s a biological or social phenomenon. It’s probably one of the conditions that baffle medics and scientists the most – mainly because we don’t go to the doctor for medication every time we forget something important, it’s not exactly life-threatening (but can be), and it’s not constant like amnesia.

But it’s real. Like the other day when I was driving my kids home from after-care, on a route I follow almost every single day, and for a second or two I completely spaced out and forgot where I was going. Although I’ve been suffering from bouts of forgetfulness since my first pregnancy with Jada 7 years ago,  this particular occurrence scared me the most. Like many other people (even those without kids) I’ve driven in the wrong direction before, like when we moved house and I’d drive to the old house for a good few days thereafter before my brain finally caught on that that’s no longer where we lived. That’s pretty normal and can happen to anyone.

But you know something’s not quite right up there when you leave the keys in the door and go out for a whole afternoon, or you leave the stove on throughout the night – not just once or twice.

After 7 years of being a mom, and going through these and many other mishappenings, I’m convinced that with the birth of each of my three children, I’ve lost a little more function in my brain. Or have I just become busier and therefore more distracted?

Biological or social?

While some moms may have it worse than others, and while porridge brains have not yet been added to the medical journals, it most certainly is there. Often it helps to speak directly to the source if you need more convincing. Bring up the conversation with the mommies at school, or in the doctor’s waiting room, or while enjoying a braai. You’ll soon discover you are not going nuts, you are perfectly imperfect, and that we’re all in this mess together.

So what is causing this strange pregnancy phenomenon?

Medical tests from various doctors around the world have come up with the following explanations:

Biological reasons include the production of more progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy which are hormones that affect all kinds of neurons in the brain; huge surges of oxytocin during birth, which is necessary for the uterus to contract and the body to produce milk, and also affects the brain circuits; and deficiency of iron in the body during pregnancy which, if too low, can cause forgetfulness.

Social reasons include not getting enough sleep and multitasking, in which state nobody’s memory is good, and your priorities change.

Until more research is done on the subject of porridge brains and while we all continue our journey in blissful forgetfulness, “remember” to write things down, get more sleep, and try not to be so stressed and anxious all the time.

Love,

 

 

Image credit: thementalwizzard, 

Sources: WebMD, LivingandLoving

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THE MUNCHING MONGOOSE: Fresh Organic Produce Delivered

May 29, 2017
Most companies are different, but we are different from most, we are a small team with big objectives!

Our mission is to help to introduce people to healthier and more interesting options for their pantry while at the same time still giving them the authentic “market” experience which everyone loves so much, but seldom has the time to enjoy.

As the winners of the 2016 702 and Sage One Small Business Awards, we have an extreme focus, even obsession, on offering a very personalised experience for our customers, presented in a fun and quirky, but always very professional manner with consistent communication. Our aim is to offer an experience with a difference – one that becomes part of a family’s weekly routine.

The Munching Mongoose is passionate about changing the lives of others through amazing experiences, super produce and good will. On a weekly basis, we collate a box of fresh, seasonal, locally and organically grown produce as well as artisan and gourmet products.

We source our produce from several small-scale farmers and gastronomic artisans around South Africa. Our aim is to partner with like-minded people who are producing their goods following ethical, sustainable and organic based principals, and conveniently deliver the selection of healthy and tasty goods right to our customer’s homes – obviously only after adding our own personal and quirky touch to ensure that every week our Mongaggle members (mongoose families) look forward to the arrival of The Munching Mongoose delivery.

The contents of the boxes are different each week set according to the season and availability and we offer the same produce, but in differing volumes to our customers depending on family size.

We have a mini bag for singles or couple

A midi box for small families and a maxi box for larger families

Low carb box

A bag without any fruits or vegetables for those customers who perhaps have their own vegetable gardens, but would still love fresh creamy milk, fresh farm eggs, as well as an amazing assortment of cheeses and artisan breads

A selection of other add on products such as meat and dairy packs

As well as weekly specials and pre-packed kids school “Munch Packs

Our online system allows customers control and flexibility over their orders, accounts, online payments and to manage their own deliveries without any contract. Click here to get started.

Clients can stop or hold their delivery at any time.

The system also gives them flexibility to swop certain products or order additional specials. We aim never to lose the personal touch and our blogs and Facebook page offer recipes and useful information on the products of the season.

For our social responsibility commitment, we apportion some of our income, and with the support of some of our suppliers and customers, are able to make regular donations of the same food to Abraham Kriel – a school for abused and abandoned children where the staff works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of the children.

 

 

Organically yours,

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I Tried Fitchef For a Month

April 24, 2017
No Preservatives / Additives
No added sugar
Low GI

 

 

When I learned about the Fitchef concept a few months back, I didn’t think their meals would be any good. Honestly, the thought of frozen foods being both healthy, nutritious AND tasty, sounded crazy.

A mother of three and ever curious, I decided to see for myself what all the hoo-hah was about.  Anything promising more time to myself and my family and less time in the kitchen was worth at least a try.

IT WAS AMAZING!

For an entire month, I lived on nothing other than fitchef meals and drinks, then found myself wondering how I will ever go back to my ‘normal’ way of life again.

After only 2 weeks my tummy was visibly flatter

Here are just a few other things I observed during my month with Fitchef:

The chef must be some undercover world-class cook. The food was surprisingly tasty.

I have never tasted better smoothies or knew they COULD possibly taste so good. I just thought health smoothies were SUPPOSED to taste bad.

I finally get it. Healthy doesn’t always mean tasteless

The effects are almost instant. I immediately felt better about myself after starting my fitchef meal plan.

I didn’t weigh or measure myself at any time during the month, but I definitely lost a few kilos as I felt absolutely wonderful in my clothes.

It’s a way of life. You can never go back to ‘normal’ once you’ve started a fitchef mealplan. It’s THAT good.

No bloating or indigestion.

Even with  (wholewheat) rice and pasta, I got a flatter tummy! Score!

Did I mention the smoothies and juices are AMAZING!? Well, then you have to try the power shots.

One Elements meal package is unfortunately not enough to feed my family of five.

However, it was enough for me, for a month,  and saved me heaps of time and worry about what healthy meal to prepare for myself next.

It’s okay to spoil yourself, mom.

It is not cheap but definitely is worth it. Besides the food, you’re getting quality of life, more time with your family; and a smaller waist line.

FitChef is no longer certified Halaal. They do suggest their vegetarian meal option or a 21 Day or 1 Month Vegetarian Challenge and then adding your own Halaal meats.

The shot box was my ultimate favourite and made me feel instantly awake

Before

5 minutes later

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5 minutes later

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5 minutes later

Watch my ‘slightly embarrassing’ video below on how to prepare a fitchef frozen meal 🙂

 

 

To a happier, healthier you!

Love,

 

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Drink Away Inflammation (Guest Post)

April 18, 2017

You don’t have to be old to start experiencing inflammation problems.

There are a plenty reasons for experiencing inflammation and often it has something to do with the kind of food you eat. This is why you need to change your eating habits before it is too late.

Start by removing unhealthy drinks from your diet. Soda and alcohol are a big NO. They contain a lot of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that may worsen inflammation. Choose healthier drinks instead.

Try a Leafy Greens Smoothie

It is made from blended green vegetables. You may choose 2 different green leafy vegetables and toss them in the blender. Once properly blended, add mango, pineapple, and banana for better taste. Blend the ingredients again until everything is smooth.

The benefit of this drink is that it’s totally organic. You may have to adjust to the taste at first, but you will learn to like it after a few tries.

Turmeric Latte

You normally use turmeric in making curry powder. This drink doesn’t taste like curry, but it has a strong taste. The good thing is that it also contains a lot of antioxidants that are good for your health.

To make one:

Gently warm the almonds in a saucepan.

Add coconut milk, but do not bring to a boil.

Add turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.

The last ingredient is coconut oil. Wait until all the ingredients were melted before removing them from the saucepan.

Kombucha

This is becoming a more popular energy drink. The taste seems a bit weird, but once you think of all the health benefits, you can say that it is worth the taste.

-Dissolve sugar in hot water.

-Stir until sugar is dissolved before adding Kombucha tea.

-Remove the bag after a few minutes.

-Add a starter tea or distilled white vinegar.

-Then, add an active Kombucha Scoby.

Cover the mixture with a towel or coffee filter and let it sit there for several days.

If you let it sit longer, the less sweet and sour it becomes. You may add flavours in your drink so it won’t be as sour as it originally is. Just make sure you don’t add too much sugar or else it forfeits the purpose of being a healthy drink.

It might be a bit of a challenge if you shift to these healthier beverages, but in no time, you’ll learn to love the taste of these drinks, and even forget about soda or alcohol altogether.

For a more healthy drink options, check out the infographic below. Find one that matches your taste and stick with it. You may also try all of them and find out which one is perfect for you.

7 Easy Everyday Drinks That Fight Inflammation

Guest post was written by Sarah Smith from HowToStartaBlogOnline.net

To a healthier, happier you!

Love,