Dietitian Blog for Cape Town

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Emotional eating: Hungry, or sad?

Most of my clients would describe themselves as being emotional or stress eaters at some or the other point in time. Food can act as comfort - like a big hug after a stressful day. But how can you tell whether your hunger is real or emotional? To break the cycle, you need to learn to distinguish between emotional hunger and physical hunger.

1) Emotional hunger happens suddenly

It hits you very suddenly and can lead to intense and overwhelming cravings. Physical hunger on the other hand, is more of a slow, gradual process and develops over a longer period

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Diet for PCOS

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman's ovaries work. Healthier food choices and regular exercise can improve the symptoms of PCOS.


It is currently estimated that PCOS affects between 15-20% of women who are still within their reproductive years. In South Africa, up to 40% of female infertility can be attributed to PCOS.


The diagnoses of PCOS includes any two or more of the following:

1. The presence of a number of fluid-filled sacs (follicles) that surround the eggs in the ovaries (despite the name 'polycystic ovaries', these follicles are not cysts).
2. Eggs

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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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Do you need a 'detox' after the winter?

As a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist, a lot of my clients ask me about following a quick detox for a week before they start making changes to their lifestyle. But there isn't something like a 'quick detox' to fix your bad choices of the past. It doesn't hurt to say it again: our bodies already detox and don't get miraculously "cleaned out" in a week.

 

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Detoxification is an important metabolic process that naturally occurs in our body daily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All we can do is support

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Weight Loss: Is your body "summer ready"?

Weight Loss: Is your body "summer ready"?

It has begun… Magazines, blogs, adverts about getting into shape for your summer body. But health isn't only a summer activity. And you shouldn't only be eating for the appearance of your body. Along with the "beach body" marketing comes an onslaught of absurd fad diets and expensive programs for weight loss and detoxes that ultimately lead to long-term weight gain…not to mention lower self-esteem, anxiety and an obsession with food. This summer, try eating for your body, instead of that bikini and implement these practices to eat for a healthier body through

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Weight loss tips for Winter – Part 1

Weight loss during the cold winter months, can be challenging for some people. Although there are no scientific evidence that cold temperatures cause weight gain, it certainly influences the eating behaviour of most people. Some studies do show that in general, people gain about 2 tot 3 kg weight during winter. The main reason for this is that we are less active during the winter months and we eat larger portions and comfort foods more often. Some people also feel more depressed in winter and rely on food to lift their mood.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity for South

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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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