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I Tried Fitchef For a Month

April 24, 2017
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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

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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,

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Let’s talk about Mental Health, Moms

March 6, 2017

Moms are superheroes, no doubt. We are the masters in homemaking, we have thriving careers and work long hours, while also making time for our families and friends. Although sadly the latter are more often neglected than not. It is true we can do just about anything we set our minds to; however, we cannot do it alone, because I have learned that it takes a village.

The most bad-ass superheroes have sidekicks and not all wear capes, just so do all moms need a strong support team of family and friends to step in when we not only need to see to our physical health but our mental health too. I always say, a fabulous mom knows when to ask for help.

Whenever our kids fall ill, who do they seek out first for comfort? MOM. When they’re feeling hurt, whose reassurance do they depend on? MOM. And when they’re uncertain, at least they can be sure of mom’s unfailing love and care for them. But how are you going to do all that when you’re battling depression or alcoholism. I believe it is in these tender moments when our kids are leaning on us for support and guidance,  that the foundation of their mentality towards the world is laid.

A healthy outlook on life starts at home and often with us. Therefore, if for none other than the well-being of our children, we need to unite in the battle against mental illness attacking our women and in so doing raise a healthier generation.

The more we speak about mental illness in our society, the more we will learn about its symptoms and treatments. Only then can we start to heal and remove its ugly stigma.

Only after my mother had a stroke while alone at home one night, tragically resulting in the loss of too much oxygen to the brain, causing severe brain damage and her ultimate passing, did I realise she’d been suffering from a mental illness for possibly my whole life. Mom was an alcoholic. 

Did you know alcoholism is a mental illness? Well, it is, and it is curable. For mom it was too late, but it doesn’t have to be too late for anyone else. Which is why this post means so much to me. Many of the most common mental illnesses are curable if treated correctly.

Gita Harie, executive director of the Durban and Coastal Mental Health Association, said: “Mental health is the nation’s wealth. We take it for granted and we forget that there is an interrelationship between our physical and mental well-being.

If you know someone with a mental illness or someone you think may possibly be suffering from a mental disorder, remember to be understanding, compassionate and supportive.

Sources: Women’s Mental Health In South Africa by Alison Moultrie research psychologist & Dr. Sharon Kleinjes Senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town; South African Depression and Anxiety Group Sadag;  Health Systems Trust

Love,

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Do you know your health status?

August 6, 2016

You may or may not have wondered where I disappeared to and why I’ve been so quiet for so long.

Unfortunately this year, Winter decided he was going to be a big old mean bully. So far, I’ve been temporarily half blind for almost two weeks when a huge abscess decided to manifest itself on my eyelid. It was so painful I lived on nine pain killers a day, which in the process gave me the tummy ache from hell, I literally felt I OD’d myself and was going to die. For a week I could only see through one eye and was unfit to drive which led to major frustration. During the healing process things got a little worse before it finally got better. I am happy to report that I have now fully regained my binocular vision

According to my general practitioner, the abscess was brought on by my hey-fever which had been acting up pretty bad at the time. Who knew a simple case of hey-fever have the potential to cause so much agony.

Winter was however nowhere near finished beating me up and just two weeks later, after a case of extreme nausea and thinking I might be pregnant, which couldn’t possibly be since hubby had been snipped for almost three years, I was diagnosed with a severe bladder infection. My second round of antibiotics in one month. Fabulous!

As the saying goes, they always come in threes and one week after recovering from the bladder I am now stuck with the flu. It’s safe to assume that I am overjoyed Winter is getting ready to leave.

Although it has been a nightmare experience, I am thankful for my health. It did however make me think a little longer about just how important regular health checks are for us women, and moms especially. We so naturally and diligently care about the well-being of our loved ones, yet just as easily forget about our own. It’s time we realise that although we are super-human, we are human.

I’ve always been a little, even secretly proud of my “I  never fall ill” status. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times I saw the inside of a doctor’s waiting room, much less a hospital, while growing up. My first real memory of seeing the inside of a hospital was when our neighbours’ stray dog decided I’m no longer welcome there and bit a hole in my 7 year old arm. My best friend at the time cried her eyes out when she saw me, I was just way too chuffed with my new arm brace. That was the end of hospitals for me.

Until I had kids and lost count. Now a trip to the doctor and the ER with them is as routine as the seasons. Winter with its colds and flu’s and so many other viruses and infections, Summer with its heat-related breakouts and fevers and Spring with the ol’ faithful sinusses and hey-fever.

The best way to take care of our family and to continue taking care of them, is to take care of ourselves also. It’s a medical fact that every woman, at least over the age of 20, should make time for healthy habits like regular exercise, stress management and routine health screenings. The hard truth of the matter is that regular doctors’ visits can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Here’s where you can get started:

Breast self-exam: Check your girls for unusual lumps or bumps monthly so you can stay on top of any changes. The best time to do it is a few days after your period ends.

Skin self-exam: The Skin Cancer Foundation strongly recommends that you check out your body once a month for any new or unusual spots or marks. Just remember your ABCDEs: asymmetry, border irregularity, uneven color, diameter bigger than 6 mm, and evolving shape and size.

Dental check-up: Make sure to hit up the dentist’s chair twice a year for cleanings and other preventative maintenance.

Full physical exam: This annual check-up should include a height and weight check, a blood pressure screening, a clinical breast exam, and any blood tests your doctor deems necessary, says Moore. These may include tests for blood sugar, blood count, hormone levels, and other crucial markers.

Pap smear: If you’ve had three consecutive normal pap smears, are in a mutually monogamous relationship, and have no other risk factors, you could technically go three years between screenings. However, most doctors still suggest women see their gynecologist once a year and get a pap smear while they’re there. Your pap tests for any changes or abnormalities in the cells in your cervix, which is a way to screen for cervical cancer.

Other regular screenings include eye exams, cholesterol and blood count, diabetes and mammograms to name but a few. Read more on Women’s Health

According to the South African Medical Journal; “The Discovery Health screening programme offers a paid screening benefit to its members for mammograms, Pap smears, HIV tests, glaucoma screening, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer screening, random glucose and cholesterol tests, ’flu vaccines and pneumococcal vaccines, irrespective of the type of medical plan members belong to.”

So, in the spirit of Women’s Month, let’s make sure we know our health status!

 

HAPPY WOMEN’S MONTH FABMOMS!!

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Fabulous moms raise fit kids (with yoga)

June 21, 2016

Every day, four-year-old Yasmina Seyfaie rolls out her mini yoga mat and folds her body into animal shapes alongside her mom.

Yasmina’s mom, Eliane Bejjani, says “Any time she’s having a tantrum or is upset or crying, I tell her to take deep breaths in and out, just like she does in yoga.”

The above excerpt was taken from an article in Today’s Patents and certainly inspired the fabmom in me.

I have a 6 year old daughter myself and I realize that our children deal with many distractions, temptations, overstimulation and peer pressure every single day. Unfortunately we cannot always be there fending off the bad guys when trying situations present themselves to our kids. We are busy and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

We have demanding jobs and many of us are also students or working two jobs. As moms, whether married or not, we are also the homemakers and to make sure we are always on top of things and stay looking and feeling fabulous, we also try to find some time in between for a little body and mind rejuvenation. It’s hard!

Yoga has been known for centuries to provide the ultimate mind and body rejuvention and in this day and age, it’s not just us suffering from stress, but our kids too. So, why not include your younguns in your daily yoga routine?

The ancient practice has been proven time and time again to support children in their classrooms, homes, sports, and relationships.

Surely if we need rejuvenation, they do too! And what better way to do this than over a 15 minute ‘bonding’ workout. The chores will still be there, the chatting on our phones can wait, and everything else can be put on hold to carve out this 15 minutes of unbelievably special time with our kids.

Animal themed poses might just do the trick in holding on to their attention long enough. Kids love routine as much as we do, so try to stick to the same poses and sequence until you know your child or children are ready to move onto more intense ones. Pretty soon you’ll have yourself a little yogi on hand.

Start slow, keep it short and make it fun!

Cobra

This pose stretches the chest while strengthening the spine and shoulders. It also helps to open the lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma. Lie on your belly, with the chin on the floor, palms flat on the floor under the shoulders and legs together. Pull up the knee caps, squeeze the thighs and buttocks, and press the pubic bone down into the floor. Without using the arms, inhale and lift the head and chest off of the floor, keeping the neck in line with the spine. With the elbows close to your sides, press down into the palms and use the arms to lift you up even higher. Drop the shoulders down and back and press the chest forward. Keep the legs, buttocks, and keep the pubic bone pressing down into the floor. Breathe and hold for 2-6 breaths.

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 Cat-Cow

Cat cow pose massages the organs and spinal cord gently, and helps in stretching the neck and the torso. Kneel down. Remember, your knees should be underneath your hips and hands should be underneath your shoulders. Your hands should be straight and elbows shouldn’t be bent. Let your tummy slightly sink towards the floor while inhaling. Look towards the ceiling. (Cow pose). Now, exhale and slightly raise your tummy towards the ceiling. Look towards your belly. (Cat pose). Repeat this pose 2-3 times.

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Downward Dog

This yoga posture helps to calm your mind and provides energy to your body. It stretches the upper body area, which helps to relieve headaches and back pain. Take a deep breath and stand erect. Now, bend your body from waist to head, downwards. Place your palms on the floor. Push your butt upwards. Your elbows shouldn’t be bent.  Pull your soles upwards. Breathe normally and stay in this pose for a few seconds. Return to the original posture while exhaling.

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Rocking Horse

This yoga posture helps the kids in improving their body posture, stretching out their whole body and helps in strengthening the back muscles. Lie down prone on the ground. Bend your knees while exhaling. Keep your hands backwards. Hold your toes with your palms. Stretch your body and look forward. Stay in this position for 5-7 seconds. hen, release your toes and lie comfortably.

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 Frog

This yoga posture maintains your health by improving the functioning of your heart. It also helps to tone your legs.  Bend your knees and sit down. Place your palms on the ground, but make sure your knees don’t touch the floor. Breathe normally and shift your body weight on your hands by leaning forward. Slowly and gently raise your soles upwards and put a little pressure on your toes. Slowly, put your soles on the floor and stand up.

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Tree

This pose will help you improve your balance and mental focus. Stand tall and straight, breath in and out while you feel your legs reaching towards the ground and your head reaching toward the sky. Focus your eyes on one spot in front of you. Lift your right leg first and place your foot flat on your left leg above the knee. Breath steadily and lift your arms up high.

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Butterfly

This pose is great for opening the hips and a good stretch for the ankles. Sit on the floor and place the soles of your feet together. Hold onto your feet or ankles, and let your knees drop to the floor. Keep your spine straight and tall.

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Why we should do yoga with our kids:

1. Maintains Flexibility and Strengthens Growing Bodie
2. Enhances Concentration
3. Increases Self-Esteem
4. Teaches Present Moment Awareness
5. Cultivates a Peaceful, Relaxed State of Body and Min
6. Gives Tools for Stress Management
7. Sparks Creativity in Ripe Imaginations
8. Encourages Kind Peer and Social Interactions
9. Enhances Body Awareness
10. Teaches Discipline and Responsibility

Sources: parents magazine, popsugar fitness, yoga buddies, Pinterest, homeremedyshop, yogabasics