10 Tips to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

I am constantly being asked for weight loss advice. Most of the times, people want my opinion on the latest diet fads circulating the market and when I deliver the grim message that "fad diets don't work," they look at me with utter disbelief before narrating how Jane lost weight on the "diet" as did Brenda, Peter and Paul.

Here’s The Diet That Works

You see, long term weight loss has never been achieved by following a restrictive diet that bans your favorite foods. Such a diet is a temporary fix to a long term problem. Truth of the matter is the diet that works is not that complicated. It doesn't come in liquid or powder form and surely doesn't force you to eliminate your favorite foods.

Just How Much Are You Eating?

If there's one thing about nutrition that I consistently promote, it's the fact that portions matter. It's simple advice alright, but judging by our expanding waistlines and the research suggesting that many of us underestimate the amount of calories we eat (especially when it comes to fatty, sugary or salty processed foods), it's advice that

This Is What 200 Calories of African Food Looks Like

If you've never measured out your portions you'll be amazed to see just how many calories are in the foods you eat. Keep in mind WE NEED CALORIES. ... so don't stop eating. Rather, focus on making sure the portions on your plate meet your needs. Here is a fun a video for you. https://youtu.be/uzJJ5pyFOGQ?t=2s

Here’s An Easy Way To Estimate Food Portions

You probably know that measuring your portions using tools such as  scales, cups and spoons is the most accurate method of ensuring that your portions meet recommended sizes. However, lugging around a set of measuring tools is not always the most convenient thing to do. Besides, imagine pulling out a mini-scale at a restaurant to

Baobab

It’s the fruit of the majestic baobab tree that is making a splash in the world. Baobab, a personal fave, recently made its debut on the international scene with health food stores touting it as a “superfood.” Also Known As: Scientific: Adansonia Digitata  Afrikaans: kremertartboom Arabic: hahar, tebeldis; fruit: gangoleis
Bambara: sira, n’sira, sito Burkina Faso: twege

52 Ways To Improve Your Health

Please note: 52 ways to Improve Your Health  is part of a health series created to help you create healthy habits. Every week of the year, we will provide simple actionable tips that if implemented can significantly improve your health.  Why 52? There are 52 weeks in the year. So by the end of the year

Mopane Worms

Also known as: Madora (Shona), Amacimbi (Ndebele), Masonja (Venda), Phane (Tswana), Infinkubala (Bemba) Commonly consumed in the Southern African countries especially Botswana, South African, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Mopane worms breed between August and November and are harvested from the ground, trunks and leaves of the mopane tree. (Colophospermum Mopane) How prepared After harvesting, the worms

Hibiscus Sabadariffa (Zobo/Bissap/Sobolo)

Also Known As Bissap (Senegal) Gul e Khatmi (Pakistan), Jamaica ( Mexico) Orhul (India). Roselle, Sorrel (Jamaica) Sobolo (Ghana), Ufuta (Swahili) How used in the diet 1. As a hot or cold beverage/ tea sometimes flavored with ginger, tumeric and/or lemongrass. 2. As a vegetable in stews H. Sabadariffa as medicine Traditionally Hibsicus has been

Fermented Beverages

Also Known as: Mahewu (Shona), Amarewu (Xhosa), Amahewu (Zulu) Togwa (Tanzania), Mabundu (Venda), Mapotho Mahewu (As I grew up calling it) is a traditional African beverage enjoyed by millions. Derived from fermenting cereals such as maize (corn), millet and sorghum, it can be consumed hot or cold and is commonly served as a thirst quencher,

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