Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

As the weather is warming up so does the desire for simple salads. This recipe is based on cucumbers but it would be super simple and delicious to add a few cherry tomatoes or even some chopped fennel. Super easy to make, this little recipe is a great side for your meal tonight. How about trying it beside our Stuffed Capsicum recipe?

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Olympic gymnast Simone Biles gets criticised for six pack abs

Social media can be a tough place and it seems to be open fire for criticism some days. Some just love to sit behind their computer and use it to slam others down as quickly as they can. And that’s what happened when Simone Biles – a 4 x gold medal-winning gymnast from the USA – shared an Instagram photo. Was she being an idiot? No. She was having a great time with her friends. The problem? There were girls with ‘six pack’ abs. Luckily it was only a problem for one Twitter troll who commented ‘Y’all find this attractive? Imaaoo’.

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How to lose weight the healthy way

Weight loss is a popular topic. Just Google it and there is a plethora of ‘experts’ ready to give you tips. Here’s the problem. Even the so-called experts don’t have a clue sometimes. They are getting you to ‘eat less’ and ‘move more’ and it’s not working. At least not in the long term. That’s because drastic weight loss that happens too fast really stuffs you up in the long term. It causes a significant reduction in metabolism. This means that you are using less energy during the day. What happens then? You have to eat less and less to be able to keep the weight off. That’s not sustainable!

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Why 1200 calorie diets don’t work

The 1200 calorie diet and extreme workouts are definitely the ‘in-thing’ right now. You only have to do a quick Google search and you’ll find one. Or thousands. You won’t even know who’s writing your program or their credentials but hey, if they guarantee a bikini body not many people argue the point.

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Would you go to the loo with everyone watching?

Did you also know that there are 1 in 3 women living without a toilet and that they spend 97 billion hours each year looking for private places to go? All this while we might be deciding what clothes to wear today. It’s frightening really. Think about how frightened and exposed these women must feel trying to go to the toilet out in public all because they simply need to relieve themselves. Think about how going to the toilet out in the open would subject you to the risk of violence and harassment.

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How to train for a marathon and still have a life

When you take that plunge and decide to register for a marathon, a lot of feelings surely swirl through your mind – including excitement, anticipation, dread, elation, and fear. You might wonder how you’re going to complete all of your training satisfactorily while also still tending to your other obligations, such as those related to your family or job. You might even think that you’ll be kissing your non-running life goodbye when you decide to train for a marathon.

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Winter sleep-in or gym?

Hit the snooze button or hit the gym? When it’s shiver material beyond the doona cover it’s easy to count reaching over to the alarm as your ‘sit-up’ for the day but your body’s not buying it. Not in the coming months anyway. It’s true that winter has now hit in full force but it’s not the time to start putting your health last. Here are my 7 tips for making sure you keep your workouts on-track.

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Motherhood Mindset: Seven ways to Practise Mindfulness

There are two definitions of mindfulness. The first is ‘the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something,’ and the other is, ‘a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique’.

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Yoga is for hippies?

I was first introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 1994 while going through a very challenging time in my life. I was 25 years old, newly married to an alcohol and drug addict, and feeling trapped by my commitment to God in the presence of my family and close friends in my marriage to this man. As well as that, his family members were telling me that I was a horrible woman for even considering divorcing their son.

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Is weight-loss surgery for Type 2 diabetes the answer?

There’s no doubt we have an obesity problem in this country. And from what I’ve seen of those suffering the battle of the bulge there’s either confusion as to how to lose weight or denial about their ‘healthy’ lifestyle patterns (‘I really didn’t just eat that fourth serve of take-away, did I?’). So the medical industry is pedaling fast on this bandwagon of weight loss and how to help those suffering from overweight or obesity.

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5 afterschool snacks for busy kids

Busy kids. Busy parents. Busy doesn’t have to mean frantic. It can just mean you are occupied. So, when it’s time for after school snacks, keep it simple so that you are not rushing to your next event because you ‘run out of time’. With all the fancy options for after school snacks you can easily get caught up in putting in a huge amount of effort for something that only takes a little time. Keep it simple and nutritious.

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