Dietitian Blog for Cape Town

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Kids and Sugar: Is your child 'too sweet'?

You wouldn't pack a lunchbox for your child filled with chocolates and sweets! You are probably sticking to the usual, reliable peanut butter and jam sandwich, fruit juice, yoghurt and granola bar? Healthy, not? … Not necessarily!
These foods can be filled with sugar and probably totals more than what is recommended for children. Sugar intake can be a silent danger, even when you think your child is not eating that unhealthy.
Too much sugar, can increase your child's risk for obesity and lifestyle diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers.

 

How much sugar is too much

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Easy snack ideas

Eating snacks in-between meals can help to tie you over until your next main meal, and may even help you not to overeat at main meals. When opting for snacks, I always choose a wholegrain or low Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrate and/ or a source of lean protein, depending on how hungry I am and how long away I am from eating my next main meal. Here are some easy, packable snack ideas

  1. Fruit and nut trail mix

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This snack provides healthy fats, some protein and a serving of fruit. It is easy to pack and convenient size to pack

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The Alkaline Diet

What is the alkaline diet?

It is a diet that suggests that acidic foods should be replaced with alkaline food to improve health and prevent or cure certain diseases like osteoporosis and even cancer.
It is sometimes called the acidic-alkaline diet or alkaline ash diet. It claims that the foods you eat can alter the pH of your blood.

How does an alkaline diet work?

When food is digested and metabolised, it leaves behind an ash residue. This ash residue can either be acidic or alkaline or neutral. The alkaline diet proposes that this ash can directly affect the acidity

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Poor eating habits can lead to common ailments.

Many people think that symptoms like headaches, fatigue, mood swings, chronic bloadtedness and constipation are always the result of a serious medical condition. But before you get too worried, you might want to look at your eating habits – what are you eating or not eating – or consult a registered dietician to evaluate your diet.

Fatigue & Weakness

Food is the body’s fuel – without it, your system starts shutting down. When not eating enough food during the day, your body breaks down muscles to get to the stored energy in

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November is World Diabetes month and 14 November is World Diabetes day. As part of diabetes awareness during this month, I have put together important nutritional information - that every person with diabetes should take to heart. Diabetes does not have to control you. Take responsibility – you are in the driver seat!

Know your goals and actively pursue it

Whether your goal is to lower your bodyweight, to improve your blood glucose readings to a certain level or to achieve a specific HBA1C level, discuss your goals with a healthcare practitioner and write them down. If you do not

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