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5 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain This Winter

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Well ladies, it’s winter and there’s no easy way to say it, but for many of us that means an increase in layers – and I don’t just mean thermals under jumpers under coats. It can also mean another layer of fat.

There is no scientific evidence to prove a biological predisposition to weight gain during the cold, grey winter months – unless you’re a hibernating animal. But nevertheless, many of us see the number on the bathroom scales creep up as the season progresses.

If you’re struggling with what to blame it on, here are some of the possible reasons why it happens.

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Top 5 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts That Your Mum Will Love

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Mother’s Day is wonderful time to reflect and honour one of the most important and influential people in our lives.

To trace the earliest history of Mothers Day, you’ll need to go back to ancient Greece, to the annual spring festival which the people dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, the wife of Cronus and mother of many deities of Greek mythology including the mighty Zeus.

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Sugar-free Easter Recipes

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Those who know me know that I have an incredibly sweet tooth and LOVE chocolate. From age 5 I’d eat so much in one go that I’d give myself a migraine… needless to say by age 6 chocolate was banned from the house aside from Easter time. Easter became more exciting than Christmas for me.

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Japanese Potato: Pure Fibre, Zero Calories

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Konnyaku (Japanese potato) is a fat-free, zero-calorie food, which has been used in Japanese dishes for over 2,000 years. Japanese potato, also known as the Devil’s Tongue plant, consists of 97% water and 3% glucomannan, a fibre in the form of a viscous substance. It also contains trace minerals like calcium and other important proteins.

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3-minute Superfood Dinner

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Personally I think more things in life should be quick and easy… well some things, dinner being one of them. Spending an hour creating a healthy meal from scratch is probably the last thing you want to do after a long day mid week. When I’m in a rush or just can’t be bothered cooking dinner I have a Japanese inspired go-to meal. It only takes 3 minutes to make and is packed full with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, zinc and chromium. For a spicy touch try adding cayenne pepper and/or dried chilli.

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Juicy Fasting


Juice fasting or cleansing has become the detox method du jour and for good reason. Juicing is one of the fastest ways for our bodies to absorb essential nutrients from fruit and vegetables that support our overall health and immunity. Your body needs an array of different vitamins and minerals to sustain good health,juicing is a great way to concentrate those nutrients to get the benefits without having to eat 5 kgs of fresh produce a day.

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Ice Ice Baby

Indulgent would be one word to describe this time of year… rapacious, spirited and inebriating would be others one may use. However fast (or loose) your December is travelling we could all do with a little less indulgence and a touch more moderation. So here’s a delicious (and moderate) idea to keep you cool this Summer: make your own healthy ice blocks and frozen yoghurt.

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Yoghurt Culturing

If the feeling of being hung over is a familiar one of late then you may want to take a moment to consider your gut health. That one tequila shot you forgot about last Friday is like an atomic bomb to your digestive system.

Probiotics play an integral role in your digestive health. One of the best sources of this is homemade yoghurt. Store bought yoghurt, though convenient, contains less than half the amount of ‘live’ beneficial cultures than of homemade yoghurt.

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BEAUTIFY: DIY Skincare Recipes

It can be hard to find an hour out of the day to sit down and really enjoy a bit of skin pampering from your local spa without worrying about the days to-do list… not to mention costly. Some of the most effective ingredients to use on your skin are the ones you probably already have in your cupboard or garden. Cucumber, manuka honey, oranges, eggs… they all work wonders. So why not try making your own skincare with these easy recipes below. My favourite is the Skin Firming Mask – leaves your skin feeling tight and radiant.

Moisturizing Cleanser
For all skin types
1 teaspoon of Manuka Honey UMF 5 or 10+ (this has antibacterial properties)
1 tablespoon Whole Milk
Warm up the honey until it becomes runny (not too hot!) by putting it in a small glass bowl, which is immersed in hot water (or a few seconds in the microwave). Mix the honey and milk well

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