Category: Health

Healthy Andy – My Eating and Workout Plan

Is it just me, or is life particularly hard at the moment? Stressful. Exhausting. Frustrating. Overwhelming.. I’m feeling so out of touch with life because it seems to be flying by – I hate the feeling. A holiday is definitely in order. I’ve slowly realized that this has all taken a toll on me..

I’m the epitome of an emotional eater. And boy, do I have the worst sweet tooth ever. The last year has been very stressful and I’ve been pretty much overwhelmed with sadness most of the time. I suddenly realized I have been eating all the things. All. The. Things. I have slowly, but surely, been gaining weight and I now find myself at one of the heaviest weights I have ever been. I realized that I’m not ‘healthy’ anymore. (more…)

Let’s Talk About Postnatal Depression

Often, Postnatal Depression or PND is confused with the ‘baby blues’. The baby blues is a period where you may find yourself quite sad, weepy, tired and emotional in the week after you have given birth, and the blues resolve on their own. Postnatal Depression is much more serious than this.

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The Breastfeeding Top-Up Trap

It is common for newly breastfeeding moms to fall into what we call ‘the top-up trap’. Haven’t heard of this before?

Here’s how it works:

After you have delivered your baby, it takes a few days for your milk to ‘come in’.  In the beginning, all you will have is small amounts of colostrum being secreted.  Moms worry when they don’t see actual milk, and think that perhaps they are not making enough milk for their baby. (more…)

A Beetroot Bullet to Give You a Boost

I recently started using a NutriBullet, and I have really been enjoying it. When I took a gap year off, and lived in London, I went on an almost daily basis to a Juice shop near the company I worked at – and my boss always ordered a specific drink: Beetroot, Carrot, Cucumber, Celery and Ginger. I got it for him all the time. I always thought it looked so strange, especially the time I dropped it in the elevator and had red juice all over me, and the elevator floor – just after starting at the company. Not awkward at all. It took me a while to work up the courage to try the combination, but boy oh boy, am I glad that I did. By the way, if you want to try something refreshing and delicious, you can recreate that veggie juice at Kauai. Here is the latest recipe that I’ve created, with that same juice as inspiration. I call it a Beetroot Bullet. (more…)

A Post-Workout Protein Shake You Have to Try

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt this year is how getting older affects your metabolism. Six years ago, I restricted my portion sizes, ate healthily, and lost 13kgs without doing ANY exercise. Fast forward to today, and that just doesn’t work anymore. I have tried eating really well, eating smaller amounts of really good food, and although I’ve lost 5kg – the rest of the weight I’ve managed to gain just won’t budge. (more…)

The Nutribullet and My Anti-Oxidant Boost Recipe

If you’ve been living at all lately, chances are you would have heard of ‘The Nutribullet’ by now. I’ve always been big on health – and in particular, I am a big fan of juicing. I have worked my way through many a juicer, and they either die from overuse, or are just a total pain to clean after every juicing session and end up collecting dust. The other issue, is how much fruit and vegetables you have to use just to get a small cup of juice. The Nutribullet changed all of this. There was a great daily deal on takealot.com – and I snapped it up in no time. (more…)

Fitness in Pregnancy

One of a mother’s biggest concerns when she falls pregnant is her body and it’s changing shape. Hand-in-hand with this is, of course, her fitness in pregnancy! Will her body ever return to the same shape? How can she stay fit? Can she exercise while she’s pregnant? Is it important to stay in shape? The good news is that staying fit when you’re expecting is possible – and that’s why I’m here! (more…)

Sound Mind, Sound Body

While training for the Two Oceans, I kept telling myself (and anyone who would listen), that I was quitting running and that I don’t know why I do this to myself.  I will definitely never run another half-marathon (or more), but then I saw the Slow-Mag 10km race in Benoni.. (more…)