Book Review - Mila's Meals

It’s not often that you have the luxury of stumbling upon a wholesome, nourishing cookbook for ‘littlies’, that covers everything from weaning to toddler-hood. Perhaps if you’ve been hanging around all the right places most of the time, a little surprise like this ends up on your lap that leaves a delightful sparkle in your eyes.

Rachel Jesson
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Comrades Nutrition

We’re now four days away from Comrades. You should very much be on a strong taper at the moment with the aim of being as fresh as you possibly can once you step on the start line. It typically takes about three weeks for a training system to become incorporated in your physiology, so make it as easy a week as you possibly can (within work and family commitments). 

Ian Craig
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Sinister Soya Secrets

I’ve been busy reading Robyn O’Brien’s book called The Unhealthy Truth, which is mostly about the increasing rate of allergies amongst our children, and as I’ve sifted through her well researched information, I have been horrified at the dangers that lurk in our foods, and really feel that we need to get this information out there. One of the foods she focuses on is genetically modified soya (or ‘soy’ in American English). Now, if you pick up a box of biscuits, a slab of chocolate, or pretty much anything processed, you will find the ingredient ‘soya’ or ‘soy’ somewhere among the list of mostly unpronounceable words. Or perhaps you have turned to soya protein bars or shakes, or tried to convert to being a vegetarian somewhere along the line and bought a stack load of ‘mock’ sausages or burgers. Or you may even fed your baby soya formula… The information you’re about to read next might be bone chilling….

Rachel Jesson
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Acid-Alkaline balance and health

Acidification of the body, as caused by modern diets and lifestyles, can lead to the buildup of toxicity, as well as the over-growth of micro-organisms like yeasts (such as Candida) and bacteria, that can in turn imbalance our bodies. This toxicity can lead to stress and eventually sickness. The pH level (acid-alkaline measurement) of your internal fluids affects every cell in your body.

Ian Craig
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Where is the cream in Ice Cream?

When last did you pick up a tub of ice cream and read the ingredients list? If you haven’t or can’t remember, here is the list of ingredients on a well know South African brand. It is ‘creamy vanilla’ flavour, full fat, so the list would be longer for a more complicated flavour: water, reconstituted skimmed milk powder (in full fat ice cream?), butter milk powder (what is that?), modified whey powder (what’s wrong with regular whey powder?), glucose syrup, cane sugar (do we really need both?), vegetable fat, maltodextrin, emulsifiers – E477, E471 (semi synthetic emulsifiers), stabilisers – E412, E410, E407 (thickening agents), flavourings, colourant: paprika – but vanilla ice cream is a creamy white, not orange?

Rachel Jesson
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