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Balanced!

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ARE YOUR

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WORKING FOR YOU?

WHAT IS YOUR CHILD EATING AT SCHOOL?

12 GOOD THINGS YOU CAN

SayYesTo!

SISTERS OF SWING

The Fairer Sex on the Fairway

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

How to Reclaim the Real You


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WE GIVE YOU 12 GREAT IDEAS TO KEEP YOU ON THE ROAD TO HEALTH AND HAPPINESS BY SAYING “YES” TO POSITIVE CHANGE AND REWARDING ACTIVITIES.

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Twelve things to say yes to in 2012 Kerngesonde kinders Growing pains

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Reclaim the real you

HEALTH HABITS

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Medical breakthroughs Supplement safely Healthy tuck shop ideas

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Ina Paarman’s vegetarian lasagne Make every calorie count

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HIS LIFE

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Die kollig op sy boepie Op die maat van my Mustang

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Uitgewer se brief Editor’s letter How’s Life? How to get your Live Life Tech trends Relaxing retreats What’s happening? Life lines


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Uitgewer se brief Baie welkom by Free Radical Media se baie opwindende projek. ‘Ons voel trots om die heel eerste Live Life tydskrif aan jou bekend te stel – hier gaan jy in die toekoms eerlike en goeie raad oor die lewe, gesondheid en produkte kry. Ons is realisties en persoonlik, gemaklik, innoverend en alles met ’n voelgoed-faktor.

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LIVE LIFE gaan JOU tydskrif wees om te help om ’n positiewe en gesonde, maar ook realistiese gebalanseerde bydrae te maak. As man, pa, vriend, apteker, entrepreneur en trots Suid-Afrikaner, gaan daar nie ’n dag verby waarin ek nié strewe om meer te beteken en ’n beter persoon te wees nie… maar ook om meer gebalanseerd te leef. En hierdie strewe is eintlik universeel. Tog word ons almal daagliks gekonfronteer en afgeskrik deur artikels en foto’s wat ’n perfekte prentjie van die wêreld daarbuite probeer weergee. Die illusie dat daar wonderkure is wat vir alles help. Live Life streef daarna om vir jou die regte prentjie te wys, met riglyne hoe om jouself en jou lewe te probeer verbeter. Oorgewig, oorwerk, ongesond, swak finansiële omstandighede is gewoonlik van die redes waarom mense nie voluit kan lewe nie. Die realiteit is dat bogenoemde deel van jou omstandighede is, maar nie jou lewenslus behoort te bepaal nie. Tesame dra alles by tot ’n valse en amper vaste definisie van geluk en persoonlike

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SALES EXECUTIVE Karien Jordaan karien@freeradicalmedia.co.za CONTRIBUTORS Shona Bagley, Angela Myers, Gretha Wiid, Fiona Zerbst, Maryke Willis, Stanley Zive, Mark Holtshousen, Brigitte Oswell, Ina Paarman’s Kitchen, Fanie Hendriksz IMAGES © iStockphoto.com Editor and Publisher Images by Marita Keet Kotze Live Life Magazine is published monthly by Free Radical Media. Live Life is subject to copyright in its entirety. The contents may not be reproduced in any form, either in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher. Unless specified, all rights are reserved in material accepted for publication. All letters and other unsolicited submissions (manuscripts, art, photographs and other materials) will be considered for publication unless clearly labeled ‘not for publication’. All letters may be subject to editing. Live Life is not responsible for any unsolicited submissions.

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Editor's Letter

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One of my core values is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. I believe that good health is an essential part of creating a happy and fulfilled life. Of course, being healthy is not only about taking a daily dose of vitamins and minerals or making sure you get eight hours of sleep each night (although these things certainly help).

LIVING A balanced and healthy life begins with educating ourselves and our families about the quality and nutritional value of the food we eat; the effects of refined foods, unhealthy sugars and saturated fats; the importance of sport, exercise and relaxation as well as nurturing good values and principles, both in our relationships and in raising our children. It would be difficult to consider one of these aspects as more important than another. They are all interlinked and all form a significant part of our search for happiness and success. Add to the mix one of our most time consuming activities – work – and what you have is a recipe for an exceptional magazine. This is exactly what Live Life is all about and I am thrilled to be part of the launch of such an exciting and jam-packed informative magazine. I hope that you will sit back and enjoy reading each issue as much as I hope that you will gain invaluable insight, inspiration and information to help guide you through life’s ups and downs. I am blessed to be able to call on the investigative

and writing prowess of some of South Africa’s best journalists and writers, including Shona Bagley, Angela Myers, Gretha Wiid, and Fiona Zerbst. The exceptional design and production of this magazine lies in the hands of Aneska Meintjes, who has been making a name for herself as an award winning designer for over seven years. Starting out with such an incredible team of contributors means that you, dear reader, are guaranteed fresh and reliable articles in every vibrant issue. Feel free to drop me a line via email, fax, post, Facebook or Twitter (see our contact details on page 8) and let us know your thoughts and ideas on Live Life or any health-related topic that matters to you and your family. Live Life is your chance to put aside the glitz and glam of these celebrity-obsessed times and return to traditional family values. This does not mean weighing yourself down with the archaic ideals of bygone eras, but rather it is about allowing yourself to step back so that you can define the meaning of your own life in a balanced and wholesome way.

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tech trends

From the iPhone 4S with voice-activation to the android-operated Kindle Fire, your hi-tech wish list is set for the summer.

Kindle Fire

R1,600

The Kindle Fire is new from Amazon. It joins the fray to take on tablets like the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy. The Fire uses Google’s Android operating system and offers movies, books and music downloads straight from Amazon. Currently, the only drawback is its connectivity. Wi-Fi is the only option, but GPS and 3G are definitely on the way.

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What’s the point of buying a 3D television unless you also get yourself a 3D camcorder so you can watch your home movies as James Cameron intended? The Sony HDR-TD10 is one such camcorder. As is often the case with new technologies, enter the market offering greater functionality at beter prices. This is true in the case of the Sony HDRTD10. It has already knocked the former market leader, the JVC TD1, from the top of the pile.

TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition

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The iPhone 4 was released in April 2011 and it is already obsolete. The iPhone 4S is the latest must-have smartphone (until, of course, the iPhone 5 is released next year). Superficially, the two phones are much the same. Inside, however, the 4S has a dual-core processor, making it much faster than the iPhone 4, as well as an 8MP camera. The highlight is Siri, an automated voice control system that sends messages, schedules meetings, and updates your facebook status all at the sound of your voice.

For the petrol heads, TomTom have released a limited edition satellite navigation system based on the popular BBC show, Top Gear. Get your directions from the voice of Jeremy Clarkson. If you are a car enthusiast, there is also a chance that you prefer not to ask for directions. In that case the TomTom GO LIVE Top Gear edition also comes with a Stig mode. This turns the device to silent so you can fly by the seat of your ice-white jumpsuit.

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relaxing retreats

Bakubung Lodge, North West

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For a true African escape head to Bakubung Bush Lodge tucked away in the wilderness of the Pilanesberg National Park.

The lodge is built in the shape of a horse shoe so that guests enjoy sweeping views of the bush and the wanderings of warthog, zebra, buck and elephant. Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded in the area, some of which are permanent residents and others migrant visitors. From here you can venture into the Pilanesberg, which is home to a wide variety of rare and common species, including the brown hyena, sable and cheetah, along with the Big Five. For more information visit www.bakubung.co.za.

Leeuwkloof Estate, Mpumalanga If you want to trade in the hustle of the city for fly fishing, nature walks, horse riding, bird watching and other outdoor adventures, head to Leeuwkloof Estate, which is less than two hours from Johannesburg and is situated between Belfast and Machadodorp. Leeuwkloof Estate offers the perfect getaway for the whole family to spend quality time together in the open air and rolling hills. Catch-and-release fly fishing is the draw card of this self-catering farmstyle estate where you will find seven sparkling dams stocked with rainbow, brown and golden trout as well as fly fishing favourites from small mouth yellow fish to bass. For more information visit www.leeuwkloof.co.za

Die Strandhuis, Kwa-Zulu Natal Wake up to stunning sea views, spectacular coastline and unique experiences on your doorstep with a holiday at Die Strandhuis. Die Strandhuis Holiday Cottages are situated in Umdloti, a small town along the warm Indian Ocean 11 km South of King Shaka Airport and 25 km North of Durban. The three self-catering units with sea views provide the perfect setting for a romantic break, a weekend getaway, or a relaxing longer holiday. Die Strandhuis has everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. For more information visit www.diestrandhuis.co.za.

LEEUWKLOOF ESTATE OFFERS THE PERFECT GETAWAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SPEND QUALITY TIME TOGETHER IN THE OPEN AIR AND ROLLING HILLS.


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Hier is ’n paar gebeure om na uit te sien in die Gauteng area in Maart en April 2012.

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BROADWAY SE LANGSTE lopende musikale, Andrew Lloyd Webber se roerende The Phantom of the Opera, maak in 2012 sy lang verwagte aankoms in Suid-Afrika. The Phantom of the Opera vertel die verhaal van ’n verminkte musikale genie wat in die dieptes van die Paris Opera House spook. Hierdie gewilde musikale vind plaas by die Teatro in Monte Casino. Kaartjies wissel vanaf R125 tot R425. Vir meer inligting en besprekings, besoek gerus www.computicket.co.za.

Tierlantynkies Kuier en Koop Fees 22–25 March 2012

TIERLANTYNKIES HET soos vele ander goeie idees ontstaan oor ’n koppie koffie, toe ons (Lorette, Ronel en Elmien), besluit het om kragte saam te span. Ons het besef dat daar lank reeds ’n behoefte bestaan aan ’n geleenheid in Pretoria waar kunstenaars en entrepreneurs uit alle uithoeke van die land, hul produkte aan die publiek kan bekendstel. Dit is veel meer as net ’n mark, dit is ’n wonderlike, inspirerende belewenis vir die hele gesin! Vir meer inligting besoek gerus www.tierlantynkies.co.za.

Festive Easter Celebrations at Nelson Mandela Square 01 April 2012 IT IS BIG BAND TIME THIS Easter Sunday, 1 April, at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. Bring loved ones, friends and the whole family along to enjoy a Tribute to Swing in true American big band style, which starts at 13h00 to keep you entertained for three hours. Grab a seat at one of the courtyard restaurants and indulge in a sumptuous lunch or afternoon cocktails and get grooving to the likes of “Mr Bo Jangles”, “Moon dance” and “My baby just cares for me”. Entrance is free and for further information contact Nelson Mandela Square marketing on +27 (0)11 217-6000.

Freedom Day Weekend Market 27–28 April 2012

CELEBRATE FREEDOM DAY on 27 April to commemorated the day on which our first democratic elections were held in 1994. Come together with people from all walks of life in celebration of our diversity and similarity at the Auchtermuchty Plot 76 Doornrandtjies. Come to shop for home-grown and hand crafted wares from the community. Enjoy a festival of drumming, music, speakers, artists and much more. No entrance fee, bring along your pets on leashes and children are welcome. Contact +27 (0)72 171 9047 for more information.

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Have your New Year’s resolutions already passed you by? Don’t panic, the year is still ripe with opportunities to embrace life and live it to the full! We show you how saying “YES” to these 12 simple ideas can help you live life as a happier, healthier and more wonderful you. By Angela Myers


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THE LAW OF probability dictates that, by now, our long lists of well-meaning wishes we like to call “New Year’s resolutions” are already gathering dust. Were you overambitious? Did your try to tackle too much too quickly or demand changes of yourself that were too radical to keep up? Instead of resolutions, we are giving you 12 refreshing ways to shower your 2012 in positivity by saying “YES” to creative change and blazing your own trail, each and every day.

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Are you guilty of digging your own proverbial hole? Inflexible and rigid thoughts create negative thinking. Negative thinking creates a downward spiral into apathy and dissatisfaction with ourselves and the world around us. Sooku asserts that it’s our deep-rooted behaviours that we keep repeating that prevent us from reaching our highest potential. “We are all supposed to be abundantly successful,” Sooku says. “We just have to open our minds and our eyes to believe that it is true!”

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Embrace simplicity

“Relax and change your life,” says author Emily Clayton in Totally Relaxed (Salamander Books, 2003). Over 80% of all psychosomatic illnesses can scientifically be proved to be controlled by relaxation. Clayton explains how stress increases our blood pressure, quickens our pulse and increases both our adrenaline and insulin production. By embracing simplicity – be it afternoon walks in the park, finding a quiet space to simply stop and stare, a good night’s sleep or a weekend breakaway – we will bring a sense of renewed pleasure and fulfilment to our lives.

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Realise a goal or dream that won’t go away

As the saying goes, “If you want to know where your mind is, find out where it wanders”. According to Advanced Life Skills Coach Jonathan Wells, “We should keep track of our dreams and fantacies as they are our guide to our deepest desires”. Wells proposes: “By focusing on a dual action plan that includes drawing the dream closer towards us (through creative visualisation) while simultaneously moving toward the dream (through clarity of mind and purposeful action), we can bring into focus those goals and aspirations perhaps previously discarded as ‘unattainable’ or ‘out of reach’.”

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Recycle

Earth’s resources are not infinite. Getting into the good habit of separating our rubbish into metals, glass, paper and plastics can become as second nature as making a cup of coffee when we practice it every day. Before throwing something away, consider re-using it for another purpose or simply donating it to charity. Recycling turns materials that would have otherwise become waste into valuable resources.

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Surround yourself with “yes people” – people who are positive, happy and who make us feel good about ourselves. Joy and happiness are contagious qualities – when you uplift yourself through the company you keep, you are able tap into the collective secret source of fun and discover joy all for yourself.

“Create a balanced workout for your body,” says Lisa Schneider of TriFocus Fitness Academy. Aerobic exercise like walking, running, cycling and swimming are great for heart health and overall fitness, she explains. Resistance training that works with weights builds bone and muscle strength. “Developing flexibility,” she says, “ensures that we are able to maintain range of motion and prevent injuries.” Included, of course, is good nutrition, which not only makes you healthy but also happy. “When you balance exercise with nutrition, you don’t need to be overly restrictive either,” she assures.

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The old adage, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” helps us to understand the importance of our attitudes and intentions. “Life is just a flow of experiences,” says Corporate Consciousness Coach Kumi Sooku. “If you don’t like the experience, you simply have to change it!” According to Sooku, “When we understand that we cannot look outside ourselves for happiness” and we realise that “change happens from within,” we are better able to set our sails to follow the sun.

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It is often said that it is better to give than to receive. Whether you contribute to a charity tin at the till, give up your seat to the elderly or volunteer at a local animal shelter, picking a cause to help out with is very uplifting. You don’t need to do it all either, just pick one meaningful project and stick with it, no matter how small – not only will it help those in need, it will give you that special “helper’s high” that only comes through contributing to the higher good.

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Grow your own garden

Growing a garden is one of life’s little pleasures that can be enormously satisfying. According to nutritionist Laurey Hyman, “Gardening helps us connect to the principle that a small amount of effort can be rewarded in abundance”. She promotes easy-to-grow herbs such as lavender, rosemary and parsley along with “pretty vegetables” like cauliflower and artichokes planted in and among your usual plants to create lovely focal points.

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Save money and take control of finances by becoming more aware of your shopping habits. Shop thoughtfully, knowing that “slow shopping” means taking the time to examine the way you spend money and being proactive when it comes to finding alternatives to over-priced goods. According to Leo Babauta, blogger at Zenhabits.net, shopping around should be a fun, educative and creative past time. He says that it will be interesting to see how those small daily savings add to the big bank balance at the end of the day.

Give yourself permission to celebrate your every success – be it big, small or for no reason at all. Sometimes even people who outwardly seem to shout about their own successes, inwardly may not feel worthy or deserving of such success. According to Wells, people often need to give themselves permission to be loved and appreciated. With this in mind, there really is no better reason than to have that no-reasonat-all party!

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to real change! Here’s how to make your resolutions stick… Lasting change requires continued focus and effort. It demands that we become responsible for the role we play in creating our reality. Here are five tips to help you keep the goal posts firmly in your sight: • Use obstacles as challenges to put into practice the joint powers of thought, intention and action. • Understand your personal stressors and triggers. • Goals should never be made with an underlying feeling of fear or apprehension. Making decisions with a sense of conviction means a more deliberate choice for success, celebration and selfexpression. • Employ the SMART method when mapping your dreams, i.e. creating specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals for yourself. • Verbalise your personal promises and commitments – telling others about your dreams will help to increase your level of commitment.

What are you saying yes to this year? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!


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Kinders Kom ons wees oor een ding eerlik – kinders van vandag lyk nie meer soos toe ons nog klein was nie. Deur Gretha Wiid


KLEUTERS PRAAT en wys vinger soos Hannah Montana, laerskoolkinders het geen idee wat kleilat of toktokkie is nie, en hoërskoolkinders soek die sin van die lewe in hulle iPods, iPhones en iPads... ai, ai, ai! Gits, hopelik is dit alleen al genoeg om ons as ouers weer op ons knieë te dwing en terug te laat keer na ’n paar basiese dinge wat ons kinders eintlik nodig het. Dis nou wat ons kinders se harte betref, want om so vroeg in die jaar gekonfronteer te word met ander basiese dinge wat kinders nodig het soos Omega-olies, genoeg kalsium en lae-suiker eetplanne, is genoeg om enige ma (my ingesluit) saggies aan my pols te laat kou oor die Tinky’s, muffins en snoepiegeld in my eie kinders se kosblikke. Kom ons hou dit minder bedreigend en fokus vir ’n slag met ’n drie-punt plan op kinders se emosionele gesondheid en benodighede.

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Soen my, druk my, heuning-heuning…

As daar een ding is waarvan kinders nie genoeg kan kry nie, is dit fisieke aanraking. Natuurlik is dit maklik as jou kind klein is en sommer self drukkies uitdeel. As jou tiener soos ’n mens met ’n ingeslukte laaistok staan waar jy hom probeer druk voor die skoolhek, raak dit egter ’n heel ander ball-game. Wat ouers moet onthou is dat fiskieke aanraking die mees simplistiese kommunikasie van liefde en aanvaarding is – ook in die stadium waar meeste kinders effe wegskram daarvan. ’n Drukkie kan nie lieg nie, ’n vryf oor die kop nie misinterpreteer word nie. Navorsing onder tieners het sekerlik nie verniet gewys dat fisieke kontak vanaf ouers vir hulle die nommer een bewys van liefde is nie. Stoei dus gereeld met jou jongspan terwyl hulle gewillig saamspeel, maar onthou ook om soms oor jou tienerkind se kop en rug te vryf waar hy dalk huiswerk doen of voor die TV hang – al lyk dit of dit hom nie kan skeel nie. Vyftig miljoen reseptore kan liefdevolle aanraking nie ignoreer nie!

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Ek het jou lief… net omdat jy JY is

Almal van ons het ons kinders ewe lief, gelyk en onvoorwaardelik… behalwe as die kat kan kleintjies kry in die een se kamer, terwyl die ander een s’n altyd gereed is vir inspeksie – of as die een ’n trofee het waarmee ons by vriende kan spog, terwyl die ander een se prestasie vir die dag die feit is dat hy opgestaan het vir skool. Dan raak gelyke liefde en onvoorwaardelike

aanvaarding iets wat ons soms anders wys as wat ons dit bedoel. Kinders het nodig om te weet dat hulle geliefd is vir wié hulle is – natuurlik sonder om hulle slordigheid en slapheid oor te sien. Steeds moet ons ’n punt daarvan maak om ons onderpresteerders se persoonlike kwaliteite raak te sien en aan te prys. Kom ons wees ook wys genoeg om ons super-presteerders lief te hê en te waardeer vir wenners-eienskappe wat nie ’n medalje het as bewys daarvan nie. Eer die hart, nie net die prestasie nie!

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In die gewonde dag se rotresies is tyd nou nie juis iets wat ons almal in oormaat het nie. Tog is dit die ding wat ons kinders kan maak of breek – die tyd wat ons vir hulle het. Ons maak so maklik tyd vir ’n e-pos of belangrike kliënt omdat dit kwansuis prioriteit is en ’n goeie belegging vir die besigheid is. Die kosbaarste belegging wat ouers egter kan maak, is die investering van tyd in elke kind. Tyd om te vra oor die dag, oor sy hart, sy hoogtepunt en laagtepunt… tyd om hom in die oë te kyk en te sê dat jy hom liefhet. Selfs tieners wat nie mal is oor sulke in-die-oë-kyk-oomblikke nie, se ore is goed oop wanneer hulle belangrik genoeg is om tyd in jou dagboek te verdien. Weet verseker – jy sal nie tyd hê tensy jy dit beplan nie. En daardie beplande tyd sal eindelik ook nie spandeer word as iets anders hoër is op jou prioriteitslysie nie. Komaan, niemand het nog ooit op hulle sterfbed gelê en gewens dat hulle meer tyd by die werk spandeer het nie. Maar menige mans en vroue (dalk ook joune) se volwasse harte bloei steeds omdat hulle nooit belangrik genoeg was vir hulle ouers se aandag en erkenning nie. Maak tyd… die tyd is mos joune, of hoe? Aanraking, erkenning en tyd – drie basiese dinge wat kinders weer kan laat blom, ongeag hulle ouderdom. En ja, ons almal weet hierdie dinge – dis immers dinge wat elkeen van ons ook nodig het en begeer. Hoekom is dit dan so dat jong kinders meer aandag kry by Hannah Montana, laerskoolkinders erkenning moet probeer kry deur die span te haal of ’n balkie te dra, en tieners die sin van die lewe moet probeer vind in tegnologie en oppervlakkige verhoudinge? Juis vir hierdie rede… omdat ouers wéét wat hulle moet doen sonder om werklik te besef wat van ons kinders word as ons dit nié doen nie. Let’s prioritise – druk hulle, sê dat jy hulle liefhet en gee jou kosbaarste kommoditeit, tyd, vir ’n kosbare langtermynprojek – jou kinders!

Vertel ons van jou kinders en hoe jy tyd maak vir hulle?


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Growing By Stanley Zive

CHILDREN UNDER the age of eight are not particularly well co-ordinated because their joints, muscles and bones are still developing, along with their visual, spatial and motor skills. Many youngsters also have a sense of fearlessness from that allows them to stretch their limits, be confident and adventurous. They throw themselves, hammer and tongs, into every tackle, swing and shot. This makes them more susceptible to injuries and accidents on the sports field. Kids also grow and mature at different rates. According to Dr Joseph Congeni, Head of Paediatric Sports Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, growth spurts can aggravate stress injuries because there is an “imbalance between strength and flexibility”. Dr Congeni advises parents to take a “prevention is better than cure” approach. Make sure your children have the correct kit, such as sport-specific shoes and pads. When choosing a coach ask, if they have first aid and CPR training. If you have training in first aid, offer your services whenever you are at a match or practice. Make sure the playing surface is in good condition without holes where ankles can be twisted. Keep your children well hydrated; pop an extra bottle of water into their lunchbox when they have sport later that day. Dehydration can lead to muscular cramps, vomiting and even fainting. This could easily be the cause of an accident on the sporting field. Ironically, inactivity has become a prevalent cause of sports injuries in children. Dr Andri Smuts, a physiotherapist at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, explains that children are a lot less

The health and safety of our children comes first. We make sure that our homes are safe and secure. We kiddie-proof the stairs and the electrical sockets. We make sure they are buckled up when in the car. Yet when they are out having fun and getting fit on the sports field, we may not be able to protect them from every injury, but we can limit the risks by taking a few preventative steps.

active nowadays. They spend more time sitting and playing video games than swinging from jungle gyms.

mean an hour long spinning class. Kids get exercise just playing a game of catch or racing around a park. Instead

KEEP YOUR CHILDREN WELL HYDRATED; POP AN EXTRA BOTTLE OF WATER INTO THEIR LUNCHBOX WHEN THEY HAVE SPORT LATER THAT DAY. Physical activity strengthens bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. It also improves balance and co-ordination as well as decreases the risk of injury when playing sport. Parents should ensure children are active for at least an hour every day. Good exercise for a child does not

of taking them to a movie on the weekend, take them for a bike ride or kick the ball around in the park. When it comes to keeping our kids safe on the sports field, remember it’s up to you to ensure taking as many precautions as possible on for your child’s safety.


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Reclaim the real you MOST OF US are good at working, but we are not so good at living – even though we know this isn’t healthy. Many people feel that they have crossed the point of no return, and for the sake of their jobs have given up on saving what is left of their lives. Fear drives this imbalance (such as the fear of failure or of financial

It is not easy to get the right balance between work and family, time to exercise and socialise as well as time to find your passion and purpose. Expert Life Coach Mark Holtshousen asks three powerful questions so you can make the right decisions for your life.

difficulty), but we disguise it as ambition, and companies call it high performance. What most people don’t realise is that postponing work-life balance to a more suitable time and place is a hopeless exercise. Work-life balance is often viewed as idealistic, and as a price that needs to be paid for success. In reality, work life balance is a skill that does not come naturally. Here are some tips that may help to get your personal life back in balance. To begin, ask yourself what a balanced life looks like to you, and then use these three questions to help you create that balance.

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How can I make this more meaningful?

When I decided I needed to exercise, I thought the easiest way would be to start jogging around the estate in which I live. There is a jogging track in a safe community that is right on my doorstep. It sounded convenient, but it didn’t mean much to me. I needed to find more meaning to exercise, and so I chose to train at a gym with a personal trainer. That way I included a relationship, accountability, money, expertise, and a dedicated location. Mission accomplished! What is most meaningful is seldom what is most convenient. Unless the

things we do are meaningful to us, we will choose to do things that seem urgent. What can you do to make an activity count? What do you need to add, or how can you do it in a way that makes it matter to you more?

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How do I make this more enjoyable?

One of the easiest areas in which to lose balance is spending time with loved ones. Often, the spark, excitement, and rush associated with urgent deadlines are missing from personal activities. How can you make these more enjoyable and interesting? How about changing routine by going to a new restaurant, or arranging a fun day trip out of town? If we are even half as creative in other areas of our lives as we are in our work activities that bid for our time, we will go a long way towards achieving balance.

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Be realistic about fitting personal things into your life, otherwise you will they will not be incorporated. For example, going to the gym seven days a week is not sustainable, but you can create a schedule to fit it in at least three times a week. Whenever you are tempted to work late, skip gym, or answer an email during a family time, apply these questions to determine the things that you really should be doing. Mark Holtshousen is a leading Executive Life Coach at Cycan. He facilitates transformation in the personal and working lives of his clients and defines his areas of speciality as, “Passion, purpose and power – creating a life that matters”. Contact him at mark@cycan.co.za

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Predict to prevent heart attacks A study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, identified five new genes that are linked to causing heart attacks and strokes. After investigating blood pressure measurements of 25 000 participants, researchers from Queen Mary University of London identified the five genetic variants. The experts suggest that investigations into how these genes function will not only help them predict the likeliness of a heart attack or stroke, but may also pave the way for the development of new drugs to control hypertension and high blood pressure.

Insomnia cure in sight

Sleep regulation has remained somewhat of a mystery to the medical field, but the discovery of an enzyme that keeps people awake could be the answer to insomnia. Researchers at the Boston University have found that inhibiting the amount of the calcium kinase enzyme in the brain can induce sleep. This was discovered after scientific tests showed that when the enzyme is blocked, the brain drifts into a sleep state. This could be good news for those who suffer from sleepless nights. As scientists develop their understanding of triggers such as this enzyme that suppress sleep and cause people to remain awake, they move closer to the ultimate goal of understanding of how sleep is regulated at the cellular level, which could lead to finding the causes and cures for a variety of sleep disorders.

PREVENTING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE FROM DEVELOPING TO A DEBILITATING STAGE IS SET TO BE A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH WITH A POTENT ALZHEIMER’S VACCINE JAB.

Vaccine against Alzheimer’s Preventing Alzheimer’s disease from developing to a debilitating stage is set to be a major breakthrough with a potent Alzheimer’s vaccine jab. Scientists from Washington’s Georgetown University Medical Center found that an antibody for Alzheimer’s disease in the form of the PFA1 vaccine could help patients with low levels of the toxic amyloid protein (which builds up over time in Alzheimer’s sufferers). The study suggests that giving vaccines to patients before the signs of Alzheimer’s set in, could prevent the disease, as long as the vaccine is administered during the early stages. Scientists have yet to discover an accurate way of detecting early signs of the disease, but they are optimistic that these findings will one day eradicate Alzheimer’s disease.


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Supplement Winter is on its way, which means it is time to boost your immune system. Do you get what you need out of your vitamin supplements? Fiona Zerbst looks at the pros and cons of off-the-shelf supplements.

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IDEALLY, WE SHOULD get all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats from what we eat on a daily basis. But many of us don’t eat all that healthily: you skip a nutritious breakfast because you’re too rushed in the morning. When the mid-afternoon slump hits, you would rather snack on crisps than a handful of nuts and seeds. Sound familiar? As if that’s not bad enough, our food may not contain what it’s supposed to, thanks to modern farming methods, environmental By Fiona Zerbst

pollutants, as well as how we store, process and cook food. These are valid reasons for taking vitamin supplements, but it’s not always clear which are best. With a dizzying array of products on the shelves, we’re often tempted to grab the one that sounds most effective. But will it help or harm? The case for multivitamins In the US, a government-funded initiative saw doctors from 40 centres around the country


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A few months later she had a routine blood test for an ailment and her doctor noted that she had elevated potassium in her blood. Why was this, she wondered? Had Sumaya been eating a lot of bananas, perhaps? Sumaya recalled her supplement and told her doctor, who was suitably irritated. “This potassium dosage is higher than the recommended daily allowance – you can’t just take these supplements like sweets,” she chided, pointing out that an excess of potassium can sometimes lead to heart problems, or even a heart attack. “Excessive intake of fat-soluble vitamins, especially A and D, can be toxic,” warns registered dietician Pippa Manicom. So the rule of thumb is to supplement lightly and rather monitor your intake with the help of a dietician or doctor.

THERE’S ALSO THE POSSIBILITY THAT YOU COULD BE GETTING MORE IRON, VITAMIN A, ZINC, NIACIN AND FOLIC ACID THAN YOU NEED – CHECK THE LABELS OF BOTTLES TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T EXCEED THE DAILY VALUE.

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1. Archives of Internal Medicine. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/ content/short/169/3/294

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Topic! Vitamin C is used as a food preservative and photographic developing agent; it is commonly added to foods as an antioxidant to protect colour and aroma.

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collect data on multivitamin use from 161 808 women1. Results showed that multivitamins played no significant role in reducing cancer or cardiovascular disease in the trial subjects; but neither did the multivitamins prove to be harmful, suggesting that if one uses a multivitamin to counteract stress, pollution or the effects of a gruelling work schedule or athletic training session, one can’t go far wrong. Registered dietician Julsing Strydom says a good multivitamin can be used safely, provided amounts are in accordance with nutrient reference values (NRV). “Specific nutrients can then be added to a multivitamin, depending on your stage of life, nutritional status or deficiencies,” she says. Dietician Nicki de Villiers warns that one shouldn’t use a multivitamin as a form of dietary ‘health insurance’, especially as those of us who are concerned enough about our health to take supplements are probably getting what we need out of our diets. There is no evidence to suggest that vitamins and minerals fight cancer, diabetes or heart disease – though they may, for example, slow vision loss in some people with age-related macular degeneration. There’s also the possibility that you could be getting more iron, vitamin A, zinc, niacin and folic acid than you need – check the labels of bottles to make sure you don’t exceed the Daily Value. Remember, multivitamins are not a cure-all. They are no substitute for a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. When to exercise caution Take Sumaya’s experience, for example: Sumaya, 40, is a jogger who often felt fatigued. She bought an over-the-counter supplement that she thought would give her extra energy.

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Many pre-menopausal women are chronically iron-deficient, so have your blood tested and, if your iron count is low, taking a supplement can make the difference between functioning normally and being too tired to get through the day. Keep out of reach of children – iron supplements are the leading cause of poisoning in children under six years.

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Julsing Strydom says that everyday stress can deplete our stores of vitamin B, so a B-complex supplement can be useful, particularly if you have a high-stress job.

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South Africans love the great outdoors, but UV radiation and other environmental factors form free radicals. A supplement with moderate doses of vitamins A, C and E, plus selenium and zinc, could help here – but try to keep exposure to the midday sun to a minimum and always use sunblock.

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Probiotics are live micro-organisms that prevent the growth of ‘bad’ bacteria and are extremely helpful if you’re taking antibiotics, suffer from stomach or bowel problems or your immune system isn’t functioning optimally. They improve gut health and stimulate immunity, says Manicom.

De Villiers says that the recommended amounts of nutrients people should get vary according to age, gender and specific health profile. One value for each nutrient – known as the Daily Value (DV) – is selected for the labels of dietary supplements. An online Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) tool can be found at http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/ interactiveDRI, enabling you to calculate the right amount of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals you should have for your age, height, weight, activity profile and so on. Remember, this is just a guideline – always consult a dietician for more information.


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By Brigitte Oswell

The tuck shop is an easily accessible place for children to spend their tuck money as they like, especially because parents are not there to guide them. The problem is that most tuck shops sell very few foods that can be considered healthy. So can you really blame your kids for buying the food they do? AS A HARDWORKING parent, you may find you have a presentation to prepare or an early meeting to attend at the office. What you are going to give your child for lunch at school is a far away thought. Instead, you give them money to buy lunch at the school tuck shop. The general result is that they buy foods high sugar and fat, which is of course, not quite what you had intended. If you want your children to make healthier choices, it is essential to teach them about healthy eating habits at home. And I don’t mean

sitting them down and explaining what that is through a quick pep talk. I mean teaching them by showing them. When you prepare meals and snacks, choose foods that are lower in saturated fats, less processed and that are more sustaining. Opt for mueslis, fresh fruit, wholegrain sandwiches or fresh and colourful vegetables. If you are out at the shops or at a restaurant opt for the fresher, healthier options. Involve your children in selecting and preparing foods. Make sure they are able to follow your lead. Some questions you

GENERALLY, FOODS IN THE TUCK SHOP OFFER VERY LITTLE NUTRITIONAL VALUE. CHIPS, FIZZY DRINKS, CHOCOLATES AND SWEETS ARE THE TYPES OF SNACKS THAT ARE HIGH IN SALT, UNHEALTHY FATS AND SUGARS. A HEALTHY TUCK SHOP WOULD BE ONE THAT PLACES AN IMPORTANCE ON FOODS THAT ARE NUTRITIOUS AND LOW IN SUGARS AND FATS


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Topic! Schools are in a unique position to promote healthy eating and help ensure appropriate food and nutrient intake among students. Schools should provide students with opportunities to consume an array of foods and beverages throughout the school day and enable students to learn about and practice healthy eating behaviors. should ask to guide your meal preparation include: What is in your fridge and snack cupboard? Are you drinking and snacking on high sugar or high fat foods and liquids? Do you include fresh foods in their school lunch boxes? What do your children eat for lunch over the weekends? Do you opt for takeaways or restaurant meals more often than preparing your own meals? I am not suggesting that you must never give your child sweets or chocolate. We can all enjoy those foods from time to time. However, your children need to know how to include these treats in their diet in moderation. Otherwise, when you are not around they will likely overdo it eating those forbidden temptations. Generally, foods in the tuck shop offer very little nutritional value. Chips, fizzy drinks, chocolates and sweets are the types of snacks that are high in salt, unhealthy fats and sugars. A healthy tuck shop would be one that places an importance on foods that are nutritious and freshly prepared. It is also important that parents play an active role in making the school tuck shop healthy. If you do not know what is being sold to your children, you will have no idea whether the food they are eating has any nutritional benefits. It is important that your child eats foods that sustains energy and blood sugar levels because as soon as they drop, your child will crave high fat and high sugar foods and lose concentration in the classroom.

Unfortunately, most tuck shops sell foods that cause ones blood sugar to rise and the drop very quickly. Instead of selling fizzy drinks that are full of sugar, tuck shops could sell bottled water and low fat flavoured milk or drinking yogurt. Sandwiches should be made with whole wheat or multigrain bread and rolls. Teach your children to avoid eating white bread, because it does not give them the prolonged energy they need to through the afternoon. Sandwich fillings should include lean meat, skinless chicken or tuna topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. Fresh, colourful snacks will look more interesting to children, which means they will be more likely to buy them. Tuck shops should have fresh fruit available and visible – not hidden at the back where children cannot see it – and this can even be chopped to make small bowls of fruit salad. Again, children are attracted to food that is brightly coloured. Dried fruit is another option, especially since it keeps for longer. Nuts and biltong are good snacks to sell, or even for parents to pop into their school bags. They are a good source of protein, which keep your children fuller for longer and help with keep their energy levels balanced. Little tubs of yogurt are great option. They are healthy and will satisfy your children’s sweet cravings. It is a good idea for the tuck shop to offer fewer healthier choices than many

Send us your suggestions for healthy tuck shop snacks.

unhealthy choices. This is especially true if they do not have a lot of resources. Instead of offering a variety of processed or packaged foods, tuck shops could prepare one or two dishes that are healthy, which requires less ingredients and, with less options for children to choose from, they will be sure to sell what has been made. Children will buy the food that is most easily available. It is up to the school tuck shops to make sure that that food is nutritious and healthy. It is also up to parents and caregivers to encourage the school tuck shops to be healthy. The question is who is responsible for what food is available in the school tuckshop? The school, you or both? Be actively involved and you can positively impact the health of your children. Brigitte Oswell is a registered dietician and committee member of the Association for Dieticians in South Africa as well as the Diabetes Education Society of South Africa. If you want to know more about healthy tuck shop ideas, email Brigitte at brigitte@futurelife.co.za; or if you have some healthy snack ideas of your own to share with us, email the editor at editor@salivelife.co.za.


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Vegetarian lasagna

with roast aubergine and sweet pepper sauce When aubergines are cheap and in season, Ina Paarman oven roasts them for this recipe. We also freeze the cooked aubergines flat in layers to be defrosted when needed in stews, vegetable curries and to make this excellent lasagne.

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Serves 6 Filling 4–5 large aubergines cut into 1½ cm thick slices Ina Paarman's Seasoned Sea Salt Olive oil Pasta 1 packet lasagne sheets (This recipe uses 12 of the sheets) Sweet Pepper Sauce 1 x 400 g Ina Paarman’s Roast Pepper Pasta Sauce Cheese Sauce 4 T (60 ml) Ina Paarman's White Sauce Powder 4 T (60 ml) cold water 2½ cups (625 ml) milk 2 T (30 ml) butter ½ cup (125 ml) grated cheddar cheese To assemble 1 x 250 g smooth cottage cheese ¼ cup (60 ml) grated Italian hard cheese or pecorino cheese ¼ cup (60 ml) fresh breadcrumbs 2 T (30 ml) melted butter or olive oil Position the oven shelf in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Drizzle and smear with a little olive oil. Arrange aubergine slices on prepared baking sheet. Season the slices, very lightly, on one side only with Seasoned Sea Salt and then drizzle generously with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes until nicely browned. Soak the lasagne sheets for 2–3 minutes in hot tap water. This improves the tenderness of the pasta and reduces the baking time. Spread sheets out on a clean drying up cloth. Mix the White Sauce Powder with the cold water. Bring the milk nearly to the boil, add the white sauce slurry – stir until thickened. Add butter and ½ cup of grated cheese.


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A good philosophy in life is, “You get out what you put in”. If you are constantly putting junk food (or so-called “empty calories”) into your body without exercising, you will end up feeling sluggish, unhealthy and overweight. If you, put the right amount of nutritious calories into your body, and balance this with regular exercise, you will reap the rewards and even leave enough room to have that occasional Fast Fact chocolate or glass of wine. By Maryke Willis

Calorie: a unit used to describe the amount of energy in food. You need calories to drive your car, cook your food and move your body.

ACCORDING TO registered dietician Marthie Leach, who is based in Pretoria, the average healthy woman needs to consume roughly 1,200 calories per day, while the average healthy man needs to consume 1,800 calories per day. This is the approximate amount of energy that your body needs to maintain its current weight. If you consume more calories than the recommended daily allowance, without using or burning those excess calories doing some form of physical exercise, you will gain weight. On the other hand, if you consume less calories than the recommended daily allowance, or burn more calories than you have consumed, you will lose weight. The rule is as simple as the philosophy: to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you eat. For example, if you wanted to lose about half a kilogram, you would need to burn 3500 calories more than you consume over the course of a week. This seems like an awful lot of calories to burn, but spread over a week, it becomes 500 per day – a goal that is easy to reach if you put your mind to it.

CALORIE INTAKE VERSUS PHYSICAL OUTPUT SEEMS LIKE A VERY BASIC AND SOUND PRINCIPLE – OR IS IT REALLY? ACCORDING TO A STUDY UNDERTAKEN BY HEALTH24 IN 2011, 61% OF SOUTH AFRICANS WERE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE – THAT IS TWO OUT OF EVERY THREE SOUTH AFRICANS!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO BURN THE EXTRA 3500 CALORIES A WEEK? You burn calories all the time, even when you are sleeping, but activities in your daily routine, such as brushing your teeth, cooking, or sitting at your office desk, won’t burn the bulge. Start with walking or jogging and slowly build up to aerobics, swimming or running. The following guidelines are based on a person weighing 70 kgs, and engaging in the activities for 30 minutes.

Activity Sitting/resting Brushing teeth Pushing a baby stroller: Cooking Housework Carrying an infant Gardening Walking Aerobics Jogging Skipping rope Swimming Running

Calories burned 34 80 84 84 92 118 135 155 223 223 319 330 375

Calorie intake versus physical output seems like a very basic and sound principle – or is it really? According to a study undertaken by Health24 in 2011, 61% of South Africans were overweight or obese – that is two out of every three South Africans! So how do we beat the bulge? Most people would argue that they don’t have enough time to burn the extra 500 calories per day, but it starts with something as simple as walking around the block every afternoon, taking the stairs instead of the lift and parking as far away from entrances as possible. You don’t need expensive gym contracts – walking the dog, or jogging around your neighbourhood is free.


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The Sisters of

You may have heard that the word ‘golf’ is an acronym for ‘gentlemen only, ladies forbidden’. In fact it is a myth, but it is understandable if you believed it was true: for a long stretch of its history, golf had a wide streak of chauvinism, dominated as it was by men.


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Know? Initially golf balls were made out of wood. After that they were made out of leather which was stuffed with feathers. Very different from ours today!

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boring old men, but I was surprised to see a lot of women playing, and I’ve made some great golfing friends.” She has become a firm fan of the game and plays at least once a weekend whenever possible. Lesley Carriline, 57, from Plettenberg Bay, has a regular date with her golf clubs. “Tuesday is Ladies Day at our club, when during ‘in season’ we can have as many as 46 ladies playing. The coveys are always determined by a committee draw and it is only on the fifth Tuesday in the month that we have a ‘choose’, where you play with friends. This does wonders for club spirit as it cuts out the formation of cliques.” Lesley, who was able to retire from teaching early due to an inheritance, says golfing has enriched her life immeasurably. “I was privileged to serve a three-year term of office

on Women’s Golf South Africa Executive (WGSA) from 2008–2010 as President of Southern Cape Women’s Golf. This afforded me the opportunity to travel to many WGSA National Tournaments throughout the country and meet interesting officials and players.” The golfing fraternity is made up of wonderful people, from parents supporting daughters – a growing number of juniors are taking up the game – to volunteers committed to finding talented players in the townships, and women donating their time to work on local, regional and national committees. Playing golf also enabled Lesley to make the transition from working in Gauteng easier. “At home in Plettenberg Bay and in the clubs along the Garden Route I have forged many friendships. I play social golf on Thursdays with an 84-year-old and two 70-plus-year-old golfers who are amazing for their age. I hope I will still be on the fairways at that age. “It has been said, ‘A sure way to sum up a person’s character is to play a round of golf together’ and I have found this to be true. One is put into many ‘testing’ situations on a golf course and it is a game that is a true leveller.” Let’s toast to the demise of the dark ages of this sport, and to the fact that contemporary women are able to experience its benefits and challenges. Long live the fairer sex on the fairways!

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MANY GOLF clubs and courses restricted or even banned membership of women golfers. But that has changed considerably. Today, women are as at home on the 18th hole as they are in a yoga class. Wayne Bagley, General Manager of The Pro-Shop Durban, confirms this: “Golf is definitely experiencing a surge in popularity among women,” he says. “I think that this is a natural progression. Anybody can enjoy golf without necessarily being strong, athletic, or highly skilled. You play at your own level and are handicapped accordingly.” He acknowledges that the sport has not always been so inclusive. “Previously ladies found it much more difficult than men to join clubs and then even tougher to get times to play – ladies were ‘allowed’ to play at unpopular times of the day. These ‘males only’ rules have been relaxed in most cases and completely done away with in others.” Wayne explains that the hide-bound, old school tie image of golf has changed radically in the South Africa of today. “Golf is an ‘inspirational’ activity and as such has received huge support from the previously excluded portions of our population. Golf clubs have lost many members to the ‘brain drain’ and have realised that new memberships come from new markets.” Ladies have become an obvious target but the good side is that today most clubs run “bunnies” groups, where beginner ladies can join a fun and unintimidating group to get introduced to the game and learn the basics. Wayne says that it is mostly through wordof-mouth that more women are joining golf clubs and teeing off. “Each happy beginner has a friend, and so the interest spreads. In general the barriers to entry into what used to be stuffy, exclusive golf clubs are coming down – ladies are more comfortable in the club environment than ever before. Clothing restrictions have all but fallen away – the occasional young lady with a skimpy top and body-hugging skirt is no longer taboo. They are joining groups, having fun and getting friends to give it a try. Long may the trend continue.” One young lady seen sporting figure-hugging golf gear on the greens is Leigh Granger, 21, from Johannesburg. She started playing golf to humour her father, who bought her a set of clubs and is himself a keen golfer. “At first, I was not at all enthusiastic. I thought I’d be playing with


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Golfing glossary If you wonder how albatrosses, birdies and eagles find a place in the golfing world, read through our glossary of golfing terms and get to know your Birdie from your Bogey and your Pitch from your Putt. Albatross: a score given for a hole that has been completed three strokes under par (the number of shots a golfer is expected to take as explained in this glossary), sometimes known as a “double eagle”. Birdie: a hole played one stroke better than the expected standard (one under par). Bogey: a hole played one stroke over par. You could end up with a double bogey (two over par), a triple bogey (three over), or worse!

an entire course, which states the number of shots a golfer is expected to take to complete the round. Pitch: a short shot longer than a chip played with a higher numbered club with less than a full swing. Putt: a shot played usually with a putter with the intention of getting the ball in the hole.

Chip: a short shot intended to play the ball as near to the hole as possible.

Putter: a flatter edged golf club intended to make the ball run smoothly along the green into the hole.

Drive: a long tee shot played with a wood or driver.

Rough: the coarser grass at the edge of the fairway that should be avoided.

Eagle: a hole completed in two strokes under par.

Round: the act of playing on a course, usually consisting of 18 holes.

Fairway: the short grass between the tee and the putting green. Green: the specially prepared grass surface surrounding the hole where golfers attempt to putt the ball. Handicap: the number of strokes a player receives to adjust her scoring ability to the common level of scratch or zero-handicap golf. Hole-in-one: when a player hits the ball directly into the hole from their first (tee) shot. Iron: the metal clubs numbered one to nine (the lower the number, the longer the distance the ball will travel). Par: abbreviation for professional average result. This is the standard score for a hole or

I THOUGHT I’D BE PLAYING WITH BORING OLD MEN, BUT I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE A LOT OF WOMEN PLAYING, AND I’VE MADE SOME GREAT GOLFING FRIENDS.

Sand wedge: a club designed for playing out of a sand bunker. Sweet spot: the point on your club that should connect with the ball to get it to go where you want. Beginners should use cavitybacked clubs with large sweet spots. Tee: the course where you start each hole. Also refers to the wooden or plastic peg which you place in the ground and on which you place your ball before ‘teeing off’. Wood: these are the clubs you use to hit the ball the furthest, usually from your first (tee shot). The heads of the clubs used to be wooden, hence their name, but now most are metal.

If you would like to learn more about women’s golf, go to Women’s Golf South Africa www.wgsa.co.za or visit www.ladiesgolfgauteng.co.za

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Die kollig op sy

Deur Maryke Willis

Volgens dieetkundiges en kenners op die gebied van gesondheid en voeding, is 61 % van alle Suid-Afrikaners oorgewig. Meer ontstellend is die feit dat die meerderheid mans met ’n boepmaag rondloop. DIE PROFIEL van die algemene Suid-Afrikaanse man: lankmoedig, hardwerkend, lief vir sy gesin, suksesvol, aantreklik, sterk… met ’n groot, ronde maag. Vir die meeste Suid-Afrikaners is ’n boepie byna aanvaarbaar en iets wat by een uit elke drie mans voorkom, maar kenners in die mediese veld voel anders oor hierdie neiging. Vet rondom die middel is ongetwyfeld gevaarliker as vet wat op enige ander deel van jou lyf voorkom, en daardie boepie is glad nie so onskadelik soos dit lyk nie. Volgens die webtuiste www.menshealth.com verskil die vet om jou maag van die ander vet in jou liggaam. Vet om die maag is diepgesete en nie net onder die vel soos die vet op jou sitvlak en dye nie. Maagvet breek af in vetsure wat dan na die lewer en spiere beweeg en dit begin ’n reaksie wat slegte cholesterolvlakke verhoog. Dit veroorsaak ook dat insulien minder effektief raak om jou bloedsuiker te reguleer. Die “aktiewe” vet stel komponente vry wat inflammasie veroorsaak en dit beskadig weer die wande van jou slagare wat jou risiko vir hartsiektes verhoog. Jou groot maag bedreig nie net jou hart nie, maar daar is 39 ander verskillende siektes wat verband hou met abdominale vetsug. En dan praat ’n mens nie eens van hoe onaantreklik daardie boepie eintlik lyk nie... Hoe slaan ’n mens hierdie tendens hok? Volgens Michael Jensen, ’n spesialis in endokrinologie by die wêreldbekende Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is bier nie die enigste rede waarom soveel mans met ’n groot maag rondloop nie, maar daar is wel maniere hoe om ontslae te raak van die probleem:

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Abdominale oefeninge: die kern maagspiere is betrokke by dié tipe oefeninge, maar jy sal veral baat vind by oefeninge wat spesifiek op die maagspiere fokus.

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Kardiovaskulêre oefeninge: die beste manier vir mans om van daardie skadelike vet om die middel ontslae te raak, is deur middel van oefeninge wat die hart vinniger laat klop, soos vinnig stap, draf, fietsry en roei.

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Maak gesonde keuses: vervang ongesonde vet met gesonde vet. ’n Simpel voorbeeld hiervan is om sonneblomolie met olyfolie te vervang.

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Begin al sommer vandag gesonder eet: veselryke kos soos groente, volgraan pasta en bruin rys moet jou beste vriende word. Terwyl jy op die oorlogspad teen vet is, hou jou porsiegroottes ook dop. Probeer om gemorskos, blikkieskos, margarien, kaas, sigbare diervette en ander vetterige kositems uit jou dieet te sny.

Om werklik ’n verskil aan jou maag te maak, moet jy gemotiveerd bly. Stel vir jouself doelwitte, en kry iemand wie jy vertrou en aan wie jy gereeld terugvoer kan gee. En ja, dink eerder twee keer voor jy nog ’n bier bestel.


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Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans – So rather Live Life! Deur Fanie Hendriksz

Oppad na Yosemite Nasionale Park, KaliforniĂŤ


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wat die meeste aandag trek. Ons het fietse gehuur om alles van nader te sien, maar moes baie stop vir verversings aangesien San Francisco baie bulte het. Little Italy, China Town en die Levi-museum se winkel was van die hoogtepunte. Daar kan jy gaan uitvind hoe die Levi-jeans begin het en met jou vinger teen die swart-en-wit-foto’s ’n tydlyn trek van die heel eerste Levi vandag. Wat my opgeval het van Little Italy en China Town was hoe baie dit hier verskil het van die Amerikaanse kultuur. Daar is ’n Chinese en Italiaanse atmosfeer wat dik in die lug hang en die winkels en restaurante was in presies dieselfde styl. Die dekor en kos is absoluut fantasties en beslis ’n besoek werd. Daar is so baie om te sien en te beleef in San Fransisco, maar ons moes aanstap en het die pad na Yosemite Nasionale Park aangepak met ons nuwe beste vriend – Die Mustang.

woude en om berge. Met ons Mustang se dak af, was die koue bergbries presies wat ons nodig gehad het om die lewe te voel. Ná al die mooi, moes ons egter ’n volle dag lank deur areas ry wat glad nie naby ons eie land se skoonheid kom nie, maar die Mustang het sateliet-radio wat die lekkerste country radiostasies denkbaar het. Die volgende stop by Suid-Afrikaanse vriende in Paso Robles, die Stellenbosch van die VSA. Hierdie dorp is presies halfpad tussen San Fransisco en Los Angeles gelee, met wingerde in al die valleie. (Die Kaap is egter mooier). Die ou houthuise in die ouer deel van Paso Robles, is pragtig. Paso Robles is net ’n halfuur se ry vanaf een van die wêreld se “most scenic drives” op die U.S Route 101. Naby aan pragtige kusdorpies – Cambria, Morro Bay en Pismo Beach.

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MET ONS MUSTANG SE DAK AF, WAS DIE KOUE BERGBRIES PRESIES WAT ONS NODIG GEHAD HET OM DIE LEWE TE VOEL.

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Om in die dorpie genaamd Mammoth Lakes te kon oorbly, was een van die beste, onbeplande verrassings van hierdie ekskursie. Bekend as die sneeu- en ski-mekka van Amerika, het ons die sneeu gemis, maar die plekkie is ’n juweel en werklik een van die mooiste dorpies denkbaar. Dit is sowat 527 km vanaf San Fransisco en ’n volle dag se ry as jy nog stop om foto’s te neem. Geologies is dit ’n aktiewe area met natuurlike warm bronne en rioliet koepels. Die tweede stop was die Yosemite Nasionale Park – een van die top tien destinasies in die VSA en wanneer jy daar kom, sal jy presies weet waarom dit so hoog aangeskryf word. Dis asemrowend. Die ideale plek vir stappers en kampeerders met lekker kronkelpadjies deur

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DIE MOTOR IS ’n gehuurde Ford Mustang met ’n afslaandak. Die missie, ’n reis deur Kalifornië saam met een van my vriende Piet Stapelberg, my apteker-pêl van die Kalahari. ’n Trip deur Kalifornië met hierdie kragkar voldoen aan alles wat vasgevang is in die definisie van vryheid. Om met ’n Ford Mustang afslaandak deur Kalifornië te ry was ’n lewenslange droom. Ek het dit gedoen en ja, ek wil wéér. (Jy kan hierdie gesogte motors teen ’n prys huur wat kompeterend is met ’n gemiddelde SuidAfrikaanse huurmotor.) Ons droom het afgeskop met twee volle dae in San Francisco. ’n Baie mooi stad met natuurlik die Golden Gate-brug, Fishermans Wharf en die historiese kabelkarretjie-tremme


Yosemite Nasionale Park, Kalifornië

Inkopies per fiets, San

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Daarna is ons al langs die bekende Kaliforniese kus af. Die dak is steeds af, met ’n musiekmengsel van country, Theuns Jordaan, Adam Tas en Juanita du Plessis. Hier het ons via Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara deur Santa Monica boulevard tot in die bekendste filmstad van die wêreld – Los Angeles – gery. Dink maar net aan miljoene liggies en films, glansend en glinsterend. Hollywood se Universal Studios en Disneyland is van die top attraksies, maar wees verkeersprobleme te wagte. Ek sou eerder die Mustang weer in San Francisco wou gaan los, maar glo darem iemand sal die plesier hê om die roete terug te maak soontoe.

Opsommend: Die Mustang is ’n pragtige motor met ’n baie kragtige enjin wat se klank is soos jou gunsteling lied met oorfone aan. Spoed grense is 45mph (72 km/h) tot 65 mph(104 km/h) en daar is baie verkeerspolisie op die snelweë. Hierdie toer sal ek vir enigiemand aanbeveel – met natuurlik die natuurskoon wat ver meer punte kry in teenstelling met die Amerikaners se ongelooflike bigger and better mensgemaakte goed. Countrymusiek en Budweiser was ’n goeie alternatief vir Afrikaanse musiek en Castle.

Country-musiek en cowboy-stewels kan ’n mens saam terugbring en indien ek ’n Mustang ook kon terugbring (ek werk daaraan) het ek verseker best of both worlds. Elke keer as ek aan die groot uitstappie terugdink, besef ek weer hoe bevoorreg ek was om iets op my bucket list te kon doen. Life is a highway and I want to ride it! Ons beplan n soortgelyke ekskursie vir 2013. As jy lus is om dit alleen aan te pak, as besigheid of saam ons groep, bel gerus Corporate Incentives & Promotions by (012) 807 2674/5 of epos cgrant@icon.co.za. Die plan is om ’n Dodge, Corvette en Camaro vir die groep te huur om die ervaring en foto’s nog beter te maak. Stuur gerus vir ons jou storie of jou bucket list van wat jy al gedoen het – wie weet, miskien is die volgende artikel oor jou.

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