The Midlife Sleep Guide

Sara Health, NEWS & REVIEWS

Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you suffer from insomnia? Is your medication preventing sleep? Insomnia can strike at any age, more serious sleep problems can creep in from the forties onwards, thanks to the menopause, stress, and minor ailments. The over sixties report far more trouble sleeping then any other group. 50% struggle either getting to sleep or to …

Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes

Sara RECIPES

A wonderful clean and lean recipe to enjoy with all the family. (serves 4) Ingredients: 1/4 cup unsalted natural creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup light coconut milk. 2 tbsp. rice vinegar. 2 tbsp. chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus additional for garnish. 1 tbsp. raw honey. 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice. 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger. 1 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce …

Roast Vegetable Crisps

Sara RECIPES

Wonderfully colourful tasty vegetable crisps : parsnip, sweet potato and beetroot. Children will love them and they are far healthier than bought crisps. INGREDIENTS 2 parsnips 2 beetroot 2 sweet potatoes 2 tbsp olive oil ½ tsp chilli pepper (optional) freshly ground salt and black pepper Prep time: 25 min Cook time: 20 min Serves: 3-4 METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to …

Mushroom Soup

Sara NUTRITION

A really simple mushroom soup recipe – make it extra special by using wild mushrooms and a splash of creme fraishe. Ingredients 2 leeks, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 50g/2oz butter 300g/9 oz mushrooms, sliced 2 -3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only 600ml/1 pint chicken or vegetable stock Preparation method Sweat the leeks and garlic in the butter for 4-5 minutes or until softened. Add the mushrooms …

How Exercise Helps Depression and Anxiety

Sara FITNESS, Health

To promote total well-being we must remind our clients of exercise’s power to improve both physical and mental health. Scientific understanding of mental health disorders is increasing–and exercise is emerging as a potent healing tool. Unlike diseases that manifest physically, mental health disorders afflict the brain and can impact mood, perception, personality and cognitive abilities.

The Basics of Bodyweight Exercises

Sara FITNESS

With the growing popularity of boot camp-style classes and back-to-basics workouts, bodyweight exercises are becoming increasingly common in and outside of the gym. And for good reason! Bodyweight exercises involve simple yet efficient movements that burn fat, build muscle, boost cardiovascular fitness and improve stability – with no equipment required. None! They can be done in your living room, the …

On the Right Track: Why Simply Tracking Your Fitness Makes You Fitter!

Sara FITNESS, NEWS & REVIEWS

The accessibility of modern apps and gadgets has evolved considerably since phones became smart and computers became hand-held. Their role in all areas of our lives is now without question, but one of the areas of biggest impact seems to be with our health. Seriously, technological development has gone hand-in-hospital-glove with the medical revolution which sees more individuals taking responsibility …

4 Reasons to Take Your Workout Outdoors

Sara FITNESS

Sunlight, fresh air, green trees – an outdoor workout sounds just like being on holiday! I promise the treadmill at SK-Life Fitness Studio won’t get offended if you ditch the incline and hit a natural hill every once in awhile. Running, biking or even bringing your dumbbells to your back garden does a body (and a mind) quite a bit …

Not All Calories are Created Equally

Sara NUTRITION

Do you meticulously count calories to stay fit? I hate to break it to you, but a 150-calorie brownie is not the same as 150 calories worth of broccoli. But what about that age-old weight loss saying, “Calories in vs. calories out?” Well, it’s true that a calorie is a calorie regardless of its source, but not all calories have …

Get Lean While You Clean

Sara FITNESS

It’s springtime again, and amidst the tulips and lilacs comes something a little less enjoyable: spring cleaning. Winter gear needs to be stashed, while warm-weather items need to make its grand entrance (finally!). As you get your patio and garage in tip-top shape, you can get some heavy lifting done and get in shape, too. Depending on your weight, you …

Leafy salad with feta and pomegranate

Sara NUTRITION, RECIPES

Rocket is the ingredient that is in season in May. Salty feta combines brilliantly with bitter leaves and fresh, slighly sour, pomegranate. A salad to impress. Ingredients 300g/10½oz feta splash lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, crushed 110g/4oz flaked almonds 4 small handfuls of mixed rocket, spinach and watercress 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp sesame oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 pomegranates, seeds only Preparation method Put the feta …

Lose the Excuses – Get exercising!

Sara FITNESS

What excuse keeps you from exercising? It’s amazing how these rationalisations invade our thoughts and hold us back. But it’s time to recognise excuses for what they really are … excuses! Now here’s what to do to lose them: Excuse #1: “I Don’t Have Time to Exercise” We all have hectic lives and busy schedules, but you only have one …

When to Buy Organic Produce

Sara NUTRITION

People always say, “I can’t buy organic – it’s too expensive!” However, there is a good reason for shelling out the extra cash for organic food: it’s without chemicals, fertilisers and added hormones, and thus is a much better fit for our bodies. If you want to purchase organic but your wallet says otherwise, consider starting with organic fruits and …

What is the Cheapest Diet?

Sara NUTRITION

We look beyond can eat / can’t eat to help you choose the cheapest diet for weight loss and your new healthier lifestyle.  You can argue from sun-up until sundown over the merits of different diets and weight loss plans.  However, one cold hard fact which can’t be disputed is that every diet takes its own bite out of your …

Study Finds No Link between Saturated Fat Intake and Heart Disease Risk

Sara Health, NUTRITION

If you currently limit your intake of butter, full fat dairy produce and meat, and carefully check food labels for the amount of saturated fat they contain, you’re not alone. For decades we have been told by health experts to cut back our intake of saturated fats to reduce our risk of cardiovascular problems and instead choose foods rich in unsaturated fats …

Top twenty hunger-busting foods

Sara NUTRITION

Eggs: Rich in protein and unsaturated fats, an egg-based breakfast can easily keep you full until lunchtime. Tip: They are no longer seen as a danger to your cholesterol levels so ‘an egg a day is ok’. Oats: A bowl of oatmeal or porridge is a perfect choice anytime. Oats are high in fibre and are a low Gi food which helps to …