Product Review: Esse Probiotic Organics

0z5a6870Esse Probiotic Skincare is a brand I have known, loved and used for years, because they ticked all my boxes at first glance: cruelty-free, all-natural ingredients and a high quality, luxurious feel. However, it wasn’t until recently that I explored their product a little more deeply, and found that there is a lot more to Esse than meets the eye. Quite frankly, I’m a little stunned! This is a product with a lot of good qualities rolled into one – intelligence in the actual science behind the ingredients, thought into the sustainability of the products, care into the ingredients and their sources, and all-important luxurious and results-driven elements because – let’s be honest – that’s what we invest in skincare for! Continue reading

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4-Ingredient Choc-Hazelnut Spread

screenhunter_2046-nov-30-16-37I can’t really get enough of this recipe – it has turned into such a hit and is a scrumptious yet nutrient-rich treat that is worth having on hand in every family’s fridge! Step aside Nutella – here comes the best chocolate spread you’ve ever eaten!

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

180g hazelnuts
20g cocoa powder (you can also use raw cacao for a real antioxidant boost, it is just a little pricier and gives a richer, less sweet taste) Continue reading

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Workshopping with the Miss SA Finalists!

screenhunter_1731-nov-07-16-03It is always a pleasure to meet with the talented ladies working towards that coveted Miss South Africa title, and help get them on track to be their best selves for the crowning event! As I have done for the last few years, I recently joined the girls as part of their intensive few days of workshopping, where I ran them through some wellness staples, from tailor-made workouts to ordering healthily off a restaurant menu, complete with some help from a few brilliant brands. Here’s what we got up to: two days of workshops. Continue reading

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What’s the Deal With SA Wellness Challenges?

Fitness challenges are on the up and up in SA, and as is often the case when we become spoiled for choice, it’s hard to know which one to pick! Here are a few useful bits of info to bear in mind when making that awesome commitment to say YES to change.

screenhunter_1629-oct-17-11-01What makes fitness challenges so popular?
Wellness/fitness challenges are great motivators for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are incentivized. Many people need the competitive element – and the promise of rewards – to fuel their commitment, and most of SA’s challenges offer a nice lump sum of cash and prizes at the finish line. Then, challenges are goal-oriented. Continue reading

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Brain Food on a Budget!

screenhunter_1565-sep-29-16-11While our diets have clear effects on our physical health – like our susceptibility to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers – they play a crucial role in brain health as well. The foods we consume influence our moods, our cravings and our cognitive abilities – even our memory. The effects of food on brain health are most significant when observing their absence: a poor diet can increase our risk of mental disorders and neuro-degenerative diseases. Continue reading

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Toning up in a Hurry for Summer!

screenhunter_1493-sep-15-13-45We all know that feeling of casually glancing at the calendar, and suddenly realising that months have flashed before our very eyes! How on earth did January become September?! If you’ve neglected your gym routine all winter and summer is sneaking up on you in a hurry, here are three tips and three moves to get you beach ready in no time.

Push yourself
Choose quality over quantity. Make your time in the gym count by upping your intensity, replacing long, medium intensity workouts for short bursts of hard training. Continue reading

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Forget Office Networking – We’re Sweatworking!

screenhunter_1466-sep-07-14-12Office environments have been coming under fire in recent years for their promotion of seriously sedentary behaviour. Hours slouching in front of a screen in one position is detrimental to our health – and the world is starting to notice! With more and more stats pouring in about our increase of chronic disease in these environments  – for example, sedentary office workers who do no exercise have a 60 per cent higher risk of premature death – corporates are looking to add more motion into the typical work day! Introducing…. Sweatworking. Continue reading

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