Tag: health

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…)

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…)

The (Long) Road to the Two Oceans

As you all know, I broke my foot last year October, but this didn’t stop me from entering the Two Oceans when entries opened in November. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy journey, especially because I needed to take a decent amount of time off to heal. (more…)

A New Year, A New Fitness Challenge

The year is starting off with a bang.  I really feel this is the year to get my A into G, and get strong, fit and healthy.  Working such great hours (07:00-15:00) means I have quite a bit of extra time on my hands which I plan on devoting to my health.

In February, I’ll be running the KFC Randburg Harriers 10km Valentine’s Race.  I’ve never run it before but a couple of people have told me it’s a very hilly race.  This is something I really need to get my head around and work on – I loathe hills, so I reckon it will be good practice.

In March, I’ll be competing in the IMPI challenge – this consists of a 12km run with 18 obstacles in between.  Hard work.  I don’t have a lot of muscular strength, so I definitely need to train for that.  On top of this, I have never run more than 10km, so I’m going to have to start running longer distances to get ready.

In April, I am hoping to be running the Two Oceans Half Marathon (21km).  There are so many entries for this race, that they have entered all the entries into a draw.  Fingers crossed I get selected in the draw – I think this would be an incredible race to run, despite the big distance.  If I don’t get into the Two Oceans, then I’m going to consider doing the Knysna Forest run which is also a 21km.

In order to get ready for these races, I’ve drafted another training schedule which gradually sees us increasing our running distance.  On top of that, though, I have included weight training at the gym, in order to build strength and burn fat more than running does.

I must remember to buy some trail shoes for IMPI – somehow, I don’t think my roadrunners will hold up for that.  It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited.  I also like drafting these training schedules because it ensures I stay committed and stick to the plan.   Another new challenge for me is to train without music – more and more races stipulate that you can’t use earphones during the run, and this is usually something I rely on to keep me going.

At the end of the day, I just have to buckle down and just run.

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