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I needed to remind myself of this today

1 Oct

I’ve been pretty quiet lately because varsity is getting so hectic with end-of-term tests leading up to final exams which start in three weeks time!!!! My stress levels have soared. I’ve got really, really good marks for some subjects and failing tests for others so I’ve been really worried about how I’ll make it to write my 2nd year final exams. You will understand from my earlier posts that I take my studies seriously, I have some wild aspirations and I just honestly do not have the luxury of time to fail. Time is ticking! I need to pass, graduate and join the workforce and I have put myself under a lot of pressure. Not to mention that I suffered my first migraine ever!!! My dad suffers from that and you cannot begin to understand the excruciating torture it is until you’ve had one – especially when all you have is Pandos to take for it – not funny at all!!!

All in all, Lester and I decided to do the Nike 10K 2013 this month and with the way I’ve felt (miff and all), I just wanted to go for a run. But more importantly, I had to get back to remembering the basics: I have a privileged life, I am blessed beyond measure and that in the end, it is all going to work out awesomely for my GOOD! It’s about remembering to be grateful for the little things and that I still have a fighting chance – the fat lady has not sung YET! It’s not the end of me! I’m a hard-worker and life really does go on!!!

So here’s a little something I found and I hope it encourages you…

 

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Thanks Again McCain

25 Jul

Got a nice little package delivered from the lovely people over at McCain… More pics soon to follow.

Posted from WordPress for BlackBerry.

Keeping your family healthy

10 Jul

Lifebouy packageRemember this post about fighting infections this winter, well Lifebouy were kind enough to send me a few products to try. My family and I have since made a concerted effort to wash our hands MORE than regularly apart from during cooking and visiting the loo, those are non-negotiable. Here is some more interesting information they asked me to pass on from research they had done…

Everyday infections such as colds, coughs, flu, stomach and skin infections have a major impact on families especially in terms of overall health and emotional wellbeing, money and time.  In addition, the far-reaching consequence of everyday illness also has an effect on education and the productivity of the nation as a whole.  Antibacterial soap manufacturer, Lifebuoy, recently teamed up with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to conduct a small-scale study into consumer perceptions about everyday illness.  The study highlighted how low-cost changes to your lifestyle, such as developing proper hand hygiene habits, could save you money while keeping your family healthy.  This will ensure your children don’t miss out on any schooling and give you more time to spend on the things you enjoy.  Researchers found there was a high incidence of everyday illness amongst children (0-15) who took part in the study, with 89% suffering most commonly with infections such as respiratory illness, skin infections and diarrhoeal diseases.  According to researchers at Lifebuoy, by adopting simple daily hand wash routines especially at key occasions such as before handling food, after a visit to the bathroom and when in the shower/ bath, you can cut the incidence (and costs) of these everyday and often preventable infections, especially incidence of diarrhoeal disease by almost half.  The study also found that the majority of all illness episodes resulted in time off school. This means that for every day that your child is home sick; you may also need to take the time off to care for them.  The impact of regularly missing school has far-reaching consequences for a child. Frequent absenteeism may affect the child’s school work and progress as well as their social interaction and development in this area.  According to Dr Kelly Gate, 2012 Rural Doctor of the Year recipient from Bethesda hospital in Kwazulu-Natal, “in this way common illness, which affects a child on a regular basis, can also impinge on their long-term development.”  In addition frequent school absenteeism not only affects individual study but also disrupts the class if there are enough children missing on a regular basis.  If the caregiver needs to take time off work, this may result in a loss of income (added to the increased medical costs) and impact leave days.  Illness in the family also affects the emotional state of the caregiver brought on not only by concern for the child, but also the added stress of trying to maintain other responsibilities.  Loane Sharp, labour economist for Adcorp agrees that absenteeism due to illness has a major impact on the bottom line, “Absenteeism is a major contributing factor to loss in productivity across South African employment, which in turn negatively impacts the economy because of these lost working hours.”  When it comes to protecting your family, prevention is really better than cure. One quarter of mothers interviewed reported that they believe that their children get sick more often, which means they spend more money and time on illness today than they did when they were children.  Additionally two thirds of mothers felt powerless to prevent the spread of everyday infections and the majority were concerned that regular illness would influence their child’s school work.  They were therefore looking for solutions to ensure their children stayed healthy and had more time at school.

 Lifebuoy has identified the highest germ anxiety periods, especially for parents, as being during seasonal changes, back-to-school and occasions when people gather together such as religious festivals. According to climatologist Peter Johnston, “Climate change is causing greater climatic variability and more extreme conditions. The impact on pests and diseases is largely unknown, but it can be expected that new germs and diseases will be favoured by the increased temperatures and more extreme rainfall conditions that will become more prevalent. Healthy routines and lifestyles will become more important to fend off sickness and diseases.”  According to Ashveer Mahabeer, Brand Building Manager: Lifebuoy, “Studies, such as those conducted by LSHTM, suggest that interventions to promote hand washing might save millions of lives and millions of Rands as well. It is therefore imperative to promote healthy hygiene habits such as hand washing with soap especially at key occasions. Prof Lucille Blumberg from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) agrees that hand washing plays a significant role in the reduction of respiratory and diarrhoeal illnesses.  “Washing hands with soap is an easy, effective and inexpensive way to minimise the risk of spreading germs that cause flu, skin and gut infections,” concludes Blumberg.

 By incorporating a simple hand-wash routine with soap you are taking an essential step towards being part of the solution.  Stay one step ahead of everyday infections by empowering your family with healthy hygiene habits.

 Visit www.lifebuoy.com for more information

This was a sponsored post.

 

Help stop the spread of infections this winter

28 Jun

 I don’t know how many of you out there just cannot seem to shake the lingering cough, cold or snot! Just this morning, I had to take my Sunny Bunny to the doctor for the fourth time in three months for another set of antibiotics to add to this ongoing saga. He’s not sick! He just won’t stop snotting and coughing, simple. And yes he’s on Creche Guard and the works. On my kitchen counter is about six boxes of meds and we’re not counting the ones cooling in the fridge. It’s just plain ridiculous! In my upset, I ranted a little on Twitter and thankfully two moms responded so that I didn’t look or feel like a complete twat. My friend Rene said she uses Echinacea and then she said something I knew but never quite considered, she said that in her home, she makes a big deal about washing hands! Simple enough right?!

Well here are some handy information from the people over at Lifebouy:

Are you and your family ready for the winter season? Everyone has a part to play in helping to prevent the spread of common winter respiratory infections including flu, sore throat and cough viruses. According to health soap brand Lifebuoy, hand washing with soap and warm water is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infections and germs in your home.

 Most of the common winter viruses are carried in the air and transmitted when someone sneezes. However respiratory infections leave the body feeling stressed and decrease immunity opening up the possibility of additional common viruses.  These include gastroenterological illness, which cause diarrhea and vomiting.  Certain germs can also be transmitted by physical contact and enter the body when infected hands touch vulnerable parts of your body like our eyes, mouths and noses.

 Lifebuoy is highlighting the fact that frequent hand washing, with warm soapy water for 30 seconds at a time can significantly reduce the spread of these common illnesses. The best times to remember to wash hands is before handling food, after using the bathroom and when in the shower/ bath.

 We can’t avoid winter, but we can prevent the spread of germs that are the real cause of infections. Here, we look at some ways you can minimise your risk of catching infections during this cold season.

 1.       Keep warm throughout

Although getting cold doesn’t actually cause a cold or flu (the viruses do), being cold can reduce your stamina and make you feel miserable and fatigued. You might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go but wearing layers of thin clothes may keep you warmer as this traps body heat. Also, keep in mind that we lose up to 30% of our body heat through our heads, so remember to wear a hat.

 2.       Watch the weather

Cloudy and cold conditions tend to bring an increase in germs, and viruses survive longer when the weather is moist. When it’s cloudy and dull there are fewer breezes to blow the germs away.

 3.       Avoid close contact

People often huddle together physically during winter, this makes it easier for infections to pass between them. Crowded trains and taxis with little ventilation, department stores bustling with shoppers, and people gathering for parties all make catching a cold more likely.  Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

4.       H2O is the way to go

Doctors recommend drinking between five-eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy.  Water helps the kidneys function properly and flushes out the toxins that accumulate in our bodies. If you have a cold, you may become dehydrated, which makes your mucus drier and thicker and less able to cope against invading bacteria and viruses.

 5.       Practice other good health habits

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Dispose of used tissues. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 These simple measures can make a big difference and will help protect you, your family and those around you throughout the season. Remember to also be smart about washing hands in public places. Viruses can live on surfaces like tables and keyboards for two to eight hours. Between grimy countertops, doorknobs and sweaty machines at the gym, there is really no better defense against germs than washing your hands with soap.

With a product range to match your family’s needs, the Lifebuoy Hand Wash is available in 4 Variants (Total, Deofresh, Herbal and Care) and in two pack sizes (200ml Primary Pack & 180ml Refill Pack): Lifebuoy Total: For mothers with active kids who need all day protection.

  • ·         Lifebuoy Deofresh: For young adults with an active lifestyle who value the benefits of hygiene.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Herbal: For traditional mothers who enjoy herbal fragrance.
  • ·         Lifebuoy Care: For people with sensitive skin, who need extra care.

 For more information on how you can protect your family this winter visit www.lifebuoy.com.

Part 2 of the Nestle Salt Awareness Food Challenge

7 Jun
My gift in the post

My gift in the post

So last week I explained in THIS post about the Food Challenge by Nestle’. Here’s a look at what got delivered to my home, complete with a recipe as well for the recipe below.

 Here’s the recipe, Beef Stroganoff: (serves 4)

Ingredients:

Flour for dusting

500g

Beef fillet cut into strips

30ml

Olive oil

30g

Unsalted butter

250g

Red peppers, sliced

1

Onion, chopped

30ml

Maggi Lazenby Worcestershire sauce

7.5ml

Mustard

2.5ml

Paprika

250ml

Boiling water

250ml

Nestle’ Ideal Cook-in milk, mushroom and garlic flavour

Freshly ground black pepper

30g

Flat leaf parsley

 Instructions:

Dust beef strips lightly in flour, this step is very important and I made a rookie error. I dusted the beef with too much flour and in the end my gravy was way too thick and floury (in taste) if you know what I mean. Heat a frying pan and add oil and half of the butter. When foaming, add the beef and fry for 2-3 minutes on both sides until browned all over. I prefer to brown (cook) my meat for much longer, I left my meat on low heat for about 20-30 minutes so that it would be more tender. Remove and set aside.

Using the same frying pan, add the remaining butter. Fry the onions for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and red peppers and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard and paprika to cook for 1 minute. Add the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cook-in milk and mix well. Return the beef to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Finally add the black pepper and parsley and serve with brown rice or pre-cooked Tagliatelle pasta.

The next recipe

The next recipe

Because we’re trying to cut down on salt intake, I added twice as much garlic in the beginning of the process and sweet basil dried herbs in the end. I must (quietly) admit that my dish was not a resounding success for me because of the floury gravy but I added milk (like for a white sauce) and that did salvage it somewhat.

I have not been put off my quest with Nestle’, I had so much fun that I’m going to give it another bash with this…. I’ll keep you posted, its Creamy Prawn Fettucine…. delish!

 

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