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YOUR GUIDE TO GREAT HEALTH!

*128 PAGES OF LIFESTYLE INSPIRATION*

September/October 2009 Vol88
SOUTH AFRICAN EDITION R19.95
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Mind your manners
etiquette A-Z
How 4 ladies lost 20kg
Hands up for health
n The ins and outs of Diabetes
n What fiber does for you
n A health food friendly home

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Breast beauty
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness
month we encourage all our female
readers to get into the habit of doing
regular breast examinations and to
schedule a visit with the Gynaecologist Tea time
Supplement scene once a year. A good way to keep your Tea lovers are in for a treat with the
Food isn’t what it used to be. Farming breasts in check is by applying a bust recent launch of Midi Tea. Cultivated in the
methods, pesticides, genetic engineering, cream daily. Not only does it nourish the Limpopo Province, Midi Tea is produced
transportation and bad eating habits delicate skin surrounding your breasts and by South Africans for South Africans and
have made supplementation increasingly décolletage, it helps to familiarise you with is available in three variants: Midi Gold
important. It is no longer always possible the shape and contour of your breasts, Tagged tea bags, Midi Tagless tea bags
to get all the necessary nutrients solely making any lumps or skin irregularities and Midi Leaf loose tea. Tea is recognised
from food. Sportron, a leading company in easier to detect. for a range of health benefits, including
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Did you know? bathroom
Removing painful teeth may also help It’s a good idea to keep a close eye on
relieve arthritic pain, that’s according to your kids at bath time. As many as
US research that found a link between 43 000 American children are injured in
gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. the bathroom every year!
Apparently, gum disease is common
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French women are fat Go goji
Well, if you live in France you may There has been a lot of recent hype about this little ‘wonder’ fruit of late – and for good
believe this. A new study has concluded reason! The goji berry or wolf berry, as it is often called, is in fact part of the eggplant,
that women in France who are in fact potato and tomato family and is commercially cultivated in China. The part of the
clinically underweight view themselves cultivated plant that is eaten is the berries – which are a bright orange-red colour and
as overweight, with only half of them are about 1,5cm long. They are full of tiny yellow seeds and ripen during the summer
thinking that they are too thin. For other months. The berries are ripened, and dried and eaten as a snack or as a dried fruit mixed
Europeans the opposite is true – a number into breakfast cereal. They have the same shape and texture as raisins and have a mix of
of women from Spain, Portugal and Britain sweet and sour flavour. Now we know what they are, but why the hype?
who see themselves as skinny or slim are
in fact clinically overweight. “This shows Recent studies have proved that goji berries have a high dose of antioxidants and the
that what people consider an ideal weight extract may prevent the growth of cancer cells, lower cholesterol and reduce blood
in France is lower than in other countries,” glucose levels. It is also full of amino-acids – which are the building blocks of protein. It
said the study’s author Thibaut de Saint is also high in vitamin C, B-complex vitamins and vitamin E. Sound too good to be true?
Pol, a researcher at France’s National Only time will tell, as a lot of the tests are still in the laboratory testing phase. You can
Institute of Demographic studies. find dried goji berries and goji berry juice at health food stores and Chinese herbal stores.

“If a French person who feels fat were
to go to the United States – he probably
wouldn’t feel fat anymore”, he said. The
study also shows a big difference in weight
between the sexes. In Western Europe
the average weight of men tips the scale Top 5 winter foods
into the overweight category – except in Stock up on these and have a happy, healthy and tasty winter!
France and the Netherlands. In contrast
the average weight of women in Britain, Citrus fruit – full of vitamin C.
Greece and Portugal are the only ones that Butternut – good source of beta-carotene.
tip the scale. Fish – full of Zinc.
Oats – low GI and healthy.
The study also goes on to say that France Garlic – for its antibacterial properties – and it tastes good!
is the only Western European country
where both sexes are in the normal or
healthy weight bracket, but also shows “One of the very nicest things about life is the way
that it is the only country where more than we must regularly stop whatever it is we are
5% of woman fall into the underweight doing and devote our attention to eating.”
category. For women, he said, “the – Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright.
body is related to beauty, and
beauty to being thin. For men,
however, carrying weight is felt
in oneself and perceived in Did you know?
others - consciously or not – Combining vitamin C with iron rich foods
as projecting strength. This is the best way to maximise iron intake
is especially true the further – so have a glass of orange juice or some
down one goes on the socio- tomatoes next time you eat a juicy steak.
economic ladder,” he said.

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Sources: health24.com, altmedicine.about.com, nms.on.ca
6. No snacking before dinner.
Stop any form of snacking or drinking
about an hour before dinner. You can’t
expect your child to want to eat a healthy
dinner if they have just finished a packet
of chips and a biscuit. Snacks are to
supplement meals – not sabotage them.
7. Be a healthy role model.
You can hardly expect your child to eat a
Top tips for plate of greens and lean meat while you
raising healthy eaters are filling up on junk.
It’s not often that you hear children 8. Change the topic.
asking for veggies or fruit or telling There are plenty of other things to discuss
you that they would rather have a at meal time besides your child’s eating
glass of milk instead of a soda, but habits (or lack there of). This places
raising healthy eaters can be easier undue pressure on them, rather discuss
than you think. something else. You try eating under a
microscope and see how difficult it is.
1. Avoid power struggles.
‘Because I said so’ is often the response Keep away from the tooth fairy
when being asked why they must eat their While believing in the tooth fairy or n Try making their first dentist
veggies. Rather explain why they are good mouse is part of growing up, getting appointment before they turn two, it’s
for them. visits from them too early shouldn’t be. never too early to start looking after their
2. Let them participate. Children’s first set of teeth start making teeth.
Children are more inclined to eat what an appearance before their first birthday n Find a child-friendly dentist, this will
they helped prepare. Let the younger and just after they blow the candles out on make the experience more enjoyable for
members of the family wash the lettuce their second birthday cake they will have both of you.
and pick the stalks off the grapes or even 20 pearly white teeth. These will start n Don’t use the dentist as a threat if they
whisk eggs. falling out by the time they start primary are misbehaving, children should not be
3. Reward the positive. school and a few years after that they will scared of the dentist.
Lots of love and kisses when they eat have a full set of teeth that they will keep n Brush their teeth twice daily every day.
well will go a long way. Sticker charts and for the rest of their life. Teeth are there for This should be done by the parent until
rewards will work for older children. more than just smiling, they help you eat they have got the hang of it.
4. Repeat, repeat, repeat. and chew and are used in the formation n Don’t let them go to bed with a bottle
It can take a child 20 or more times of of certain sounds and words. Help your of juice, cola, tea or even milk. This can
seeing a food before they actually want to children look after their teeth by following stain and decay teeth quickly. Rather opt
try it. This takes patience on your part, but these handy tips and hints: for water, or even better – nothing at all.
is worth the wait. n Children who are right-handed tend to
5. Don’t bribe. Did you know? brush the teeth on the left of their mouth
Offering sweets and treats for eating well Children only have 20 teeth but better, the opposite is true for left-handed
is not the answer. You do this and you grown adults have 32 and children children. A little help may be needed for
will be handing out unhealthy sweets and have 300 bones in their body and those hard to reach areas.
treats every night after dinner for years to adults only have 206. n Flossing is recommended for older
come. children.

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Reach out and They hope to empower people to find opportunities that address
social issues such as:
n Human rights and civil liberties

make a change n Hunger and poverty
n Education and literacy
n Health issues and medicine
How often have you stopped at the robots to see a woman n Environment, ecology and energy
with a child on her back or a young child begging for n Conservation
money? Did you wind down your window and give them n Social enterprise and economic development
something or did you just drive right past?
You can visit the Mandela Day website at www.mandeladay.com and
get more information on how to reach out to a fellow South African.

Random acts of kindness
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation was created in America
in 1995, as a resource for spreading kindness. Privately funded,
the foundation neither makes nor accepts donations, but simply
provides free materials to people wanting to do a good deed or
two.

There are ideas for individuals and groups to use in the home,
community and workplace – from buying a stranger a pizza to
taking flowers to the office or handing out balloons to passersby.
Some of the suggestions are free and easy, some are more
complex and work to uplift the entire community – but all inspire
people to practise kindness and pass it on.

Email your act of kindness to info@actsofkindness.org or
visit www.actsofkindness.org.

Do it day
Friday 18th September is Do it Day – the one amazing day each
Nowadays, it’s so much easier to turn a blind eye to poverty than year when South Africans take time out to share their energy and
to make an effort to help. The number one excuse these days is skills with good causes around the country. Note it in your diary –
the recession, yet you can still afford to go out for dinner while this year is going to be the biggest Do it Day yet!
someone else starves?
It’s easy to make a difference on Do it Day – all you need to do
Making a change or contributing to society has got so little to do is sign up online at www.doitday.co.za for a project in your city
with money. Reaching out could mean reading a story to children that you’d like to volunteer at and arrive on the 18th September.
at an orphanage, helping to paint the wall of a homeless shelter Whichever organisation you choose, this is your chance to reach
or just being there when someone needs you to be. Monetary out and make a change.
donations or contributions usually start at about R10 and in
most cases you buy something for yourself and the proceeds go
towards the charity organisation. 7 things that an average individual can do:
• Get to know one neighbour you don’t.
Nelson Mandela Day, Random Acts of Kindness and Do it Day are • Double your tip for the petrol attendant.
just some of the non-profit organisations that you can support. • Give an unused book to someone who likes to read, but can’t
afford to buy their own books or doesn’t live close to a library.
Nelson Mandela Day • Volunteer at an old age home in your spare time to do a chore
In an effort to celebrate the legacy of South Africa’s former for them or to read for them.
president, Nelson Mandela, 46664 and the Nelson Mandela • Buy a car guard a take-away meal.
Foundation are urging people all over the world to join them in a • Donate clothes, books and toys to local children’s home.
bid to create an official Mandela Day, which would be held on Mr. • Donate unwanted furniture to a shelter or find out if there are
Mandela’s birthday each year, July 18. any needy families at your church.

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