Resistance Training, the basics

A young woman practising resistance training in a gym

Resistance training (also known as strength or weight training) has many benefits. And the best thing is, anyone can do it. You don’t need to spend a tonne of money on expensive equipment or a gym membership. Read on for a beginners introduction to resistance training. What exactly is resistance training? Basically, resistance training is … Read more

Hatha Yoga For Beginners

A woman practising Hatha yoga outside

There are many interpretations of Hatha Yoga in our western culture and it can be very confusing for the novice yogi or yogini. From a traditional perspective, Hatha Yoga means “forceful” yoga or physical yoga, meaning that the focus of the practice is predominantly on asanas or postures. Under the generic label or umbrella of … Read more

Losing Your Pregnancy Weight

woman with resistance band ready for exercise

A Guide to Nutrition, Exercise and Hormones Shedding those extra kilos may seem impossible while dealing with the challenges that motherhood will thrust upon you. While you care for your child remember that taking care of yourself is just as important. With a positive mindset and focus losing your pregnancy weight will be a cinch. … Read more

Natural Solutions for Acne

A side-on view of a young woman with acne.

Conventional acne treatments can come with serious side effects according to naturopath and nutritionist, Nina Stephenson. Read her suggestions for natural acne solutions. Acne can present as acne vulgaris (where overactive oil glands block pores, creating inflammation, blackheads and pimples); acne rosacea (affects capillaries, causes flushing); and acne conglobata, or cystic acne, which results in … Read more

Reducing childhood obesity through safer sport

@ cute children holding badminton racquets and a shuttlecock

Reducing childhood obesity through safer sport With a growing concern of the rising rates of childhood obesity, it’s important to consider that as well as a healthy diet, children need to participate in an adequate amount of physical activity. Research conducted by the University of New South Wales found that parents are preventing their children … Read more

Time to Read Up on Resistant Starch

a bowl of vegan cocnut rice pudding with berries - high in resistant starch

Not all starch is created equal… When people first jump on board the paleo or low carb/ high fat bandwagon, they can be very quick to shout from the rooftops “All carbs are evil. Down with carbs, down with starch! blah blah blah, bacon, mmm….” etc etc Or at least something along those lines 😉 … Read more

Distraction, Stress and Mindfulness

A woman practising mindfulness and dealing with stress through yoga on a beach

Mindfulness-based stress reduction can help conquer the stresses of modern-day living Have you ever had the experience of driving somewhere and at your destination you honestly cannot remember the trip?  (I mean, who was driving the car ?)  Or maybe you left your desk for an errand and found yourself on a detour? Or (my favourite): coming to … Read more