Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fat people: Victims or Gluttons?

A really large person squishes themselves down the narrow aisle of the movie theatre looking for their seat. What is the first thought that goes through your mind? Do you smile up at them invitingly? Or do you cast your eyes down and start praying that they walk past you and sit down next to the poor shmuck a few seats down?

The truth is, no-one wants to sit next to a fat person. Not in an aeroplane, a bus or in a movie theatre. You just know that your personal space is going to be invaded by their ample girth. The thing is, even if this discrimination goes on behind their backs, fat people are acutely aware of the prejudice, wherever they go. Read the rest of this entry

Insulin Resistance: The calm before the storm

A few years ago, I got the shock of my life. I was informed that I was on my way to becoming a Type 2 diabetic. I had visions of going blind, having my feet amputated, being paralysed by a stroke or dying of a heart attack. How could this be happening to me. I ate healthily and exercised regularly. I knew I was “heavy”,  but flip, I could still fit (albeit snuggly) into an aeroplane seat . Although accessing the on-board entertainment system on the inside of the armrest was always a bit tricky! Read the rest of this entry

Juicing vs. Smoothies

A few years ago, I totally bought into the concept of juicing. So when hubby went to Germany on a business trip I placed my order for a  high-powered, German engineered juicer.  He hauled it back to South Africa for me and we got experimenting with our new toy. I was convinced this was the healthy way to go and the best option for getting maximum nutrients into a fussy 3 year old. I mean, there was no way she was going to notice the spinach and carrots mixed in with her apple and pear juice  – right? Read the rest of this entry

Mommy can I have some chippies please?

As parents we often find it difficult to say no to our kids, especially when they have remembered to say “please” without being reminded! Most kids love crisps and French fries. Then again most adults do too. There is something intensely satisfying about sipping on a cold drink of the alcoholic variety, passing the bowl of crisps around, hearing your meat sizzling on the braai – all while watching the sun go down on a beautiful African sky.

But what if I told you that the innocent-looking bowl of chips, contains a chemical that potentially could give you cancer. Would that get your attention? Read the rest of this entry