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The Pounamu Prophecy - birth of a book Two women, two cultures and an ancient Maori prophecy that will change their lives. That's the tag line for The Pounamu Prophecy - my first novel. It has been a slow process, interrupted by moving...

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Can I eat mussels if I have high cholesterol?Can I eat mussels if I have high cholesterol? The short answer is yes - you can eat mussels if you have high cholesterol. Mussels are low in kilojoules, cholesterol and fat. The little fat they do have is mostly healthy unsaturated fat with plenty...

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Bran MuffinsBran Muffins These bran muffins (adapted from a recipe by Alison Holst) are super filling - a great snack when you are trying to control your weight. Enjoy these muffins with a cup of tea but don't expect to absorb...

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Beat the flu with Chicken Noodle Soup It’s Queen’s Birthday holiday today in New Zealand and thank goodness, the sun is shining. I’m sitting in a sunny room writing this post, sheltered from the icy wind blasting up from Antarctica....

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My nanna's recipe for homemade Rewena (Maori) bread Rewena Bread Step 1 1 c flour 1 tsp sugar 1 potato Peel and cut potato into small pieces. Place in pot with 1 cup water, lid on, and simmer to mashing consistency. Mash, cool and when luke...

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Diary of a stay at home mum

Posted on : 03-02-2014 | By : Cindy | In : Behaviours, Funny, Insightful perception, Kids nutrition, Uncategorized

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I wake from a peri-menopausal sleep and glance at my watch. 6.15am. I jump out of bed, peeling off the sweat soaked PJ’s and race to the shower. I am already 15 minutes late.

I cafe2hurry downstairs to chop the apple and almonds for the Swiss Muesli. I stir in plain yoghurt and currants to the apple juice soaked oats and plop a fry pan with a dash of canola oil on the gas for an egg. The leisurely breakfasts and 9am start of primary school are finished. This year it’s high school and a 7.15am start to catch the bus.

My husband is already sipping his coffee and checking his ipad for news, stock prices and mail. The red teapot sits waiting for me on the bench. He’s made me tea and I gratefully pour the amber liquid into my favourite cup. Nothing like a good cup of tea in the morning. I flip the egg, pour a glass of water and place it all on the table with the Swiss Muesli. My son stumbles downstairs, already wired to his ipod and grunts a good morning. I sit down with my cup of tea for a few minutes of meaningful conversation.

“Just let me finish listening to this song, Mum.” He munches on his muesli. Eventually he unplugs himself and is ready to chat. The clock ticks relentlessly towards 7.15. My brain switches from meaningful conversation to task oriented talk.

Losing weight – it starts in your head!

Posted on : 13-09-2010 | By : Cindy | In : Behaviours, Kids nutrition, Losing it - weight loss & obesity

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Blog Carnival

This article was written for inclusion in the blog carnival hosted by http://www.littlestomaks.com to promote awareness of childhood obesity as part of the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Please read to the end of this article to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Last week my cousin and his 10 year-old son popped over to say hi. It’s been eight months since I last saw them. My cousin looked pretty much the same but I hardly recognised his son.

“Have you lost weight?” I asked him in the understatement of the year. He grinned and said proudly, “I’ve lost 11 kilograms since Christmas!” Eleven kilos is a lot for anyone to lose but for a ten-year-old kid it’s like almost a quarter of his body weight!

The change was incredible – not just in his external appearance but within himself. He was more relaxed and confident. His dad confirmed it. “Recently we went rock-climbing and he raced to the top faster than anyone else. In the past he has always struggled. Each time he finds he can do something really well that in the past he struggled with, it boosts his confidence even more.”

When your body turns against you – especially for blokes!

Posted on : 06-09-2010 | By : Cindy | In : Aging, Behaviours

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Balding

Why it happens

The receding hairline or circle of shiny scalp in many men is caused by a combination of hereditary, hormones and age. A major factor causing baldness in genetically susceptible men is the hormone dihydrotestosterone which shrinks hair follicles. Baldness may also be a side effect of some medications for gout, arthritis, depression, heart and hypertension. Extreme emotional or physical shock, inadequate protein or iron, extreme dieting, thyroid problems or diabetes may also cause hair loss.

Two common causes of hair loss in pre-menopausal women are low iron stores and inadequate protein, especially the amino acid lysine.

If you think your diet is lacking, don’t be tempted to mega-dose on vitamin supplements. Too much can cause hair loss.

Caffeine helps block the damaging effects of DHT on hair follicles. But only if it’s rubbed on your head. Drinking coffee or tea won’t help.

People who are insulin resistant have a greater risk of hair loss. Insulin indirectly stimulates testosterone production. To prevent insulin resistance, keep weight off the stomach area and replace those cakes, biscuits and chippies (sugar and fat with few nutrients) with vegetables, fruit and legumes.

When your body turns against you – part 3

Posted on : 28-08-2010 | By : Cindy | In : Behaviours, Eyes

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Deteriorating eyesight

Why it happens

Around 40-45 we develop a new mannerism – pulling our head back while peering at the paper or brochure held at arm’s length. It’s called presbyopia, it’s normal and there’s nothing we can do to prevent it. From adolescence the lens in our eye slowly thickens and becomes less flexible making it more difficult to focus.

What to do

Visit the optometrist regularly to monitor eye health and vision changes.

Buy reading glasses if necessary.

Eat plenty of yellow and dark green fruit and vegetables such as corn and spinach.

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