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fresh kids        eating healthy

festive treats     from around the globe

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meet some of our contributors

Eliza Francis-Victor is a freelance writer. She has contributed to visitor magazine Tropical Traveller, and regional magazine SHE Caribbean and engages in amateur photography.

Nadia Huggins is a Vincentian digital photographer specializing in documentary and conceptual photography. Her work shows internationally.

Garnell Smith is a St Lucian model, singer, actress and personal stylist.  She has worked in both print and video and stars in the upcoming St Lucian film, The Coming of Org.

Davina Lee joins fresh both as model and fresh digital videographer! She is the founder of Lee Productions and produces advertising, documentaries, music videos and film. 

James Crockett from the UK is a Responsible Tourism Specialist based in St Lucia. His work helps to make the Caribbean both a better place to live and to visit.

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letter from the editors

Exciting things are happening at fresh and we are ever looking forward. We’ve gone digital! Yes, access your latest issue of fresh on your iPad, computer or smart phone and enjoy the enhanced fresh experience with loads of added features.  Simply go to www.freshcaribbean.com to download your copy.   In this issue we celebrate the ubiquitous banana - sweet or savoury, traditional or contemporary.  Think you know the value of a banana?  We challenge you to look again!   We’re on a mission to instill good health habits early, so check out fresh kids for some ideas to inspire the whole family.  Anya and I always say, ‘Balance is best’. That’s why every issue we bring you a little dose of indulgence with our featured chocolate recipe.  We’ve also got some yummy grown-up cocktails just in time for the season.   fresh is sexing things up a bit and we are super excited about the fashion and food shoot feature that we started last issue. This time we are highlighting the latest trends, courtesy of our fashion forward sponsors. Check out page 22 and 23 to find out more.   We also shine the light on lupus, a much misunderstood ailment. Read on to find out how it affects our community and how to manage the symptoms. We’ve got some great tips in our fresh start section that everyone can benefit from.  Add a few of these to your morning routine to maximize your energy right through the day.  Want to give your home a little pre-season boost? We’ve also got a quick-fix facelift for your living room.   Thanks for letting us know what you love and what you’d like to see more of.  We’re listening and we’re committed to delivering!  We love unearthing recipes, tips and insider facts to bring to our readership.    Delve in to find out what’s fresh!


contents page fresh food

fresh bites

& nutrition

8 Banana-rama

we go bonkers over bananas

10 Terrific Turmeric

a most vibrant spice

13 Food for Thought

going organic

15 Colour me Pretty

naturally

fresh perspective

recipes

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Banana Bites comfort food

11 Mellow Yellow

turmeric spice

17 Dark Chocolate Mousse

naughty & nice!

18 Cocktails

health

26 Light on Lupus

nothing but the facts

34 fresh Health Briefs

news, tips and fun facts from around the globe

34 Dear Doc

our resident doc is hot on the case

a delirius-ly fresh collection

27 Energy Tonic Soup

fresh team Publisher Caribbean Fresh Inc. Editors Katherine Atkinson, Anya Hawkes Creative Director Anya Hawkes

the healing power of congee

Contributing Photographers fresh, Gui Carvalho, Nadia Huggins

Website www.freshcaribbean.com Cover Image Carvalho on Flickr

Contributing Writers Dr Tanya Beaubrun, James Crockett, Eliza Francis, Esther Lee, Xavier Ribot, VOLUME 2

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fresh moves

fresh ideas

body

28 Keep on Running

all the basics and top tips to get you started

29 Power Up!

treat your muscles to a protein shake

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mind

14 fresh Kids

getting kids eating healthy

17 Love-Lee Tips

with Esther Lee

30 Einstein and the Tao

life lessons

beauty & wellness

21 Get to the Party

on time

22 Walk on the Wild Side

fresh fashion

25 Treat your Feet

fabulous foot scrubs

31 Morning Routine

fresh home & garden

12 Backyard Remedies 32 Gearing up your Garden 33 Quick Fix Face Lifts

fresh air

environment

35 Your Cell Phone

your health

36 Bright Ideas

festive lighting

fresh island travel

12 Flavours of the Season

gorgeous guava

37 Global Foods

festive treats

for your living room

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fresh photography: Nadia Huggins

bananarama bananas - the original fat free dessert

For these islands, and the Windwards in particular, the ubiquitous banana is as much a symbol of development as it is nutrition. These islands were catapulted into the modern age on the strength of its once -flourishing industry. And while many grieve the passing of that era, a powerful legacy remains in the centrality of the banana’s role in our diets, our health and wellbeing. Originally found in the southern regions of India and Indonesia, the banana, or Musa acuminate, made its way to our region by way of Europe. It quickly became a staple of our diets, both in its green, starchy carbohydrate form, and as its potassium rich, dessert –like, ripe counterpart. The banana is nothing if not versatile. Green, the banana, or fig as it is often called, is the perfect balance to the stews and curries that characterize our cuisine, absorbing up the rich sauces and offering up a ‘comfort food’ option. We can’t forget its place in St Lucia’s national cuisine; green fig and saltfish is a favourite of many. Filling and nutritious, the fig is a preferred energy food choice in any diet as it offers a slow-releasing carbohydrate option that keeps us going and going. Though the fig is most often consumed in these traditional ways, its versatility lends it to a host of other preparations. In the Far East, banana makes an appearance in curries flavoured with rich coconut milk, in Africa it is featured as a soup,

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fresh food Hangover Banana? Over-indulged last night? Grab a banana and a glass of water to minimize a hangover’s incapacitating effect.

and in the modern cuisines of Europe and North America it is even emerging as a flavourful alternative to ho-hum mashed potatoes or French fries. The aroma and flavour of the ripe banana is so distinctive, it has given rise to a widespread use of its essence in baking, but nothing quite beats the banana in its unadulterated form. From banana split to banana bread, banana flambé to the decadent banoffee pie – banana is the bee’s knees! It lends itself well to caramelizing in baked recipes and is an excellent complement to chocolate and rum: two other specialty products of the Caribbean. Apart of course from its characteristic delicious flavour, the ripe banana is a repository of nutritional power. It is favoured by athletes the world over who rely on its energy-giving properties and potassium-replenishing powers. Bananas are an excellent source of dietary fibre and are chocfull of Vitamin B6, a vital ingredient in haemoglobin production. Because of their high tryptophan content, they are also known to encourage the production of serotonin, a stressrelieving and depression-fighting hormone. The banana is the perfect on-the-go snack, requiring no wrapping, carrying container or utensils. It is also so easy to eat and so gentle on the digestive system that is often a baby’s first food. As we age it becomes a favoured

No Fail Banana Bread ½ cup olive oil 1 cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten 3 ripe bananas, mashed 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ¼ cup milk ½ tsp vanilla essence ½ cup chopped nuts • Beat the oil and sugar together, then add the eggs and bananas and beat well • Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk and vanilla • Mix well and stir in nuts • Pour into a greased loaf pan • Bake about 1 hour (try not to over bake) Cool and serve in a pretty basket with butter!

delight we can enjoy without worry for stomach upset or denture failure! As varietous as the mango, there are over 300 types of banana, although there are only a dozen or so cultivars that are produced commercially. Anyone who has spent time in the countryside knows the delicate, sweet flavour of the macamboo. The absence of these varieties on the market is largely due to a consumer misconception that smaller, differentlycoloured or spotted ripe bananas are defective. Those in the know might be happy to allow that perception to go unchecked so that they might greedily savour those special varieties themselves. fresh information: for more recipes visit www.freshcaribbean.com

Light Green Fig Salad with Aromatic Spices 4 green bananas ½ tsp cumin seed ½ tsp coriander seed 1 red sweet pepper, chopped 4 green onions, thinly sliced 1 cucumber, chopped 2 tbsp mayo ½ cup natural yogurt 2 tsp balsamic vinegar Juice of 1 lime or lemon   • Boil green figs and chill • Roast spices in a dry pan for a few minutes until fragrant • Allow spices to cool before grinding with pestle and mortar • Mix spices with yogurt, mayo, lime and vinegar • Chop figs, add vegetables and mix with dressing • Season  with sea salt and pepper to taste

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fresh food

tumeric

a.k.a chi-chi ma

terrific

The rhizome, related distantly to ginger, originated in India and Indonesia and has been cultivated for over 5,000 years for its dietary, therapeutic and practical functions. The vibrant spice has been used historically as a non-toxic antiinflammatory, natural antibiotic and digestive aid. It is the principal ingredient in many Ayurvedic remedies for coughs, blood sugar disorders and skin conditions, and has most recently gained recognition for its anti-cancer properties.

Perhaps the most underrated of the spices, turmeric Curcuma longa is a delightfully peppery, warming spice with a distinctive orange hue that imparts both flavour and colour to kitchen staples like curry powder, mustard, relishes and a whole host of other condiments that we take for granted.

Did you know? It is believed that a woman who eats turmeric frequently whist pregnant will bear a child with beautiful skin

Tumeric is most often used in store-bought powder form, but there is such an abundance of the rhizome in our markets that it is easy to make your own. The root is finger width and gnarly with a slightly orange brown hue, and is sold by the bundle at the market and can be used fresh or prepared, dried and ground to a fine powder.

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fresh photography: Nadia Huggins

Tumeric is an excellent addition to egg salad for a burst of flavour and brightened presentation; mix into your favourite rice recipe for a dish with a difference; give your lentils a lift or enhance your curry by adding its powder. Often used in place of saffron (famous as much for its price as its culinary use), turmeric imparts the same rich colour without the expense.


fresh bites Turmeric Pickle ½ cup fresh turmeric root, grated ½ cup fresh ginger root, grated 3 hot seasoning peppers Juice of 2 limes 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds Sea salt to taste 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil • Combine all the ingredients apart from the mustard seeds and oil in a small bowl • Heat the coconut oil and add the mustard seeds, when the seeds begin to pop pour the hot oil over the ingredients in the bowl • Stir well

Turmeric Pineapple Juice 5 pieces fresh turmeric root ½ small pineapple Juice of 1 lime 2 tbsp honey ½ litre water • Whizz all the ingredients in a blended for a full minute • Strain and pour over ice to serve This juice is a great energizer at any time of the day!

A great accompaniment to curries, rice or fish dishes; this pickle can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 5 days

The Cliff at Cap offers contemporary French-Caribbean cooking with creative flair from Executive Chef Craig Jones. A cliff side location with fantastic views out to sea, an ideal location to get away and have a private lunch or dinner. Also enjoy The Cliff Bar - specialising in 28 island rums and Tapas evenings and The Wine Cellar - a private room for exclusive dining and tasting experiences.

turmeric will stain hands and clothing, when preparing the fresh root wear gloves to avoid yellow fingers!

For more information or reservations: The Cliff Cap Restaurant (758) 457 8681 Email: book@thecliffatcap.com

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guava

Guavas feature heavily in childhood days of the Caribbean. Trees bear more of the fragrant fruit than can possibly be consumed by the children that raid their branches, but that doesn’t stop them from trying!

The round or oval fruit has a leathery but delicious outer skin, which depending on the variety can range from tart to sweet. The inner pulp is peppered with tiny edible seeds embedded in a sweet, intensely flavourful flesh. High in vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, if there were just one super fruit in the world, the guava would be it. Guava is excellent straight off the tree; it makes a delicious juice and is often used in dessert preparations. Its high pectin content makes it ideal for jams, jellies, preserves and candies. Stewed guavas are divine spooned over vanilla ice cream as a cool treat.

remedies backyard

Garlic

Latin name: Allium sativum Uses: as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal; garlic is a proven anti-oxidant; used for ear aches, fungal infections, & in the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol. Preparation: garlic’s properties are best conserved if consumed raw in culinary preparation; also used as a tea, or applied topically for skin ailments as a compress or tincture. Ingestion: primarily culinary use; as a tea, extract/tincture. Caution: do not eat while out on a date; garlic is a known cause of pungent breath that some people, including vampires, may not like! Did you know? Allcin, the substance found in garlic is akin to a weak penicillin & is also a natural sedative.

Thyme

Latin name: Thymus vulgaris Uses: traditionally used to allieviate respiratory problems; demonstrates antifungal properties; used in treatment of skin problems and rheumatic diseases. Preparation: the essential oil is used as an antifungal agent for toes and fingernails; a compress made from the leaves is good for skin problems and rheumatic symptoms; the tea is thought to relieve respiratory ailments. Ingestion: culinary use; as a tea made from leaves. Caution: not advised for pregnant or nursing women; those with mint allergies should avoid.

Did you know? Thymol, the oil extract of thyme, is the active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash.

fresh disclaimer: this information should not act as a substitute for advice from a registered medical practitioner

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organic? why

fresh food The word ‘organic’ has become the latest buzz word in health. But what does it really mean? Candy Nicholas explains.

the hidden cost of cheap food

The concept of organic is relatively simple; the effects however, are life-altering, and perhaps life-saving. Producers of organic foodstuffs must adhere to very specific guidelines including: • No artificial colour, preservatives or additives • No chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides or sewage sludge-base fertilizers • No genetically modified organisms • No chemical ripening or food irradiation • Livestock must have free access to outdoors and given organic feed

One of the persistent arguments against ‘going organic’ is cost. It is a legitimate concern but proponents of the movement argue that going organic alleviates the ultimate cost, your health. There are several factors that account for the relative high costs compared with non-organic food. Production is on a smaller scale so overheads are often much higher. Organic foods are processed separately from non-organic foods. Crop rotation is encouraged on organic farms to maintain soil quality and there is a limit to the number of animals which can be raised per acre of land.

So why choose Organic? • Organic foods have more nutrients • There is a reported decreased incidence of food allergies • Organic foods are considered vital in combating disease • Organically grown animals are not given growth hormones which have been linked to early development problems in children, nor are they given antibiotics which have been shown to cause myriad health problems such as yeast infections and weakened immune systems Your body, your choice. Make the healthier choice today.

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fresh ideas fresh starts its initiative to reform the way our children eat offering ten top tips to help entice kids to eat healthy…

The health administrators of the Caribbean region are rightfully concerned about the increased incidences of diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, cancer and obesity, which are thought to be directly associated with the dietary practices of this region.

Lazy Eaters Some children can be lazy when it comes to meal times so make foods easy to eat. Putting soup in a cup with a straw, cutting things into bite-sized pieces, and avoiding putting too much on a plate at once can help encourage healthy eating. Stress Less When we stress about our children not eating or not eating specific foods, we send a message that food is a cause of stress and a manipulation tool. Try encouragement and a positive attitude towards food to send the right messages… They will get through eventually! Incredible Eggs Sufficient protein is key to children’s health; eggs are a great inexpensive protein choice that kids just love (hold the fried eggs though!)

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Get Whole Grains in the Morning The rush to get out of the door can sometimes make even the most health-conscious parents lose focus on the all-important healthy breakfast. Prepare a healthy whole grain breakfast ahead of time. Try some that are even suitable on the go, like fruit cups and oat muffins. Super fresh Start to Dinner When kids are at their hungriest it is a great time to introduce some healthy foods. Vegetable sticks, or a small salad with a fruity dressing can go down easier than you think when tummies are rumbling. Get the Family Involved Get your kids on the healthy bandwagon by involving them in all aspects of food. Take them to the market or supermarket and teach them how to select fresh and healthy foods. At home, have them washing and chopping, making and baking. Parents, Walk the Walk Of course, if you want your family to eat well, then you need to do it yourself. Children learn by observing those around them. Don’t cook fried chicken for yourself and expect them to eat grilled fish and salad!

We live on beautiful islands where nature’s bounty is everywhere; so where did we go wrong? Consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt have soared, with people reaching out for convenience foods. This in turn has meant reduced consumption of whole grains, legumes, fruit and vegetables. There has been a growing dependency on costly, imported, processed foods, an overconsumption of which has led to a deterioration of the health profile of the population. Due to insufficient resources and inadequate planning, school feeding programmes on most islands exhibit many shortcomings. The wrong habits established in early childhood are difficult to change. fresh photography: Nadia Huggins

Have Fun! A little creativity can go a long way to getting kids more interested in healthy foods. Cut vegetables into fun shapes, build fruit towers, make a funny face on a bowl of cereal, or a monster out of an open-faced sandwich. Make soups into lagoons by adding crocodile or shark fin shapes.


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pretty colour me

Kids love bright icings that top most cakes, but give artificial colours a background check and you’ll discover a dubious track record. With the festive season upon us, and plenty of birthday parties in between, fresh looks at how we can give colourful cakes a healthy makeover. These dyes from nature can easily be used to colour buttercream or icing; play with quantities for various shades of colours.

Pretty Purple! Fresh beetroot imparts a beautifully rich purple colour. Simply grate a peeled beetroot on a small grater and press through a fine sieve to squeeze the juice out. Retain to use in place of commercial dyes. Brilliant Yellow! Turmeric powder gives a vibrant yellow colour to icings. Use a pinch for a pastel hue or add more for a more vibrant yellow. It does impart a slight flavour which can easily be masked by adding fresh lemon zest or natural lemon essence.

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Gorgeous Green! Available at all health food stores, liquid chlorophyll is a great green colouring. Alternatively make your own by juicing some fresh spinach. Adding natural peppermint essence can mask the flavour of the spinach. For healthy cake recipes visit our website at www.freshcaribbean.com

Take Care Just like their artificial counterparts, these natural dyes can cause staining

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The Ocean Club The Ocean Club is Rodney Bay Marina’s newest dining venue. The Ocean Club serves up fresh, simple cuisine in a Mediterraneanstyle cafe-bar. Chef Ross uses local produce, meat and fish wherever possible. The cafe-bar is airy and bright, with a large pool deck area, and enjoys great marina views. For those looking for healthy eating: lots of vegetarian choices, children’s portions and a two-forone happy hour special on the dish of the day. The Ocean Club is well worth checking out.

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Elena’s Coming soon to the Italian Corner at Elena’s in Rodney Bay Marina: authentic Italian pizza. Elena’s already offers great cafe fare and delicious home-made gelatos, and now they add delicious thin crust pizzas to the menu. The pizzas are cooked over a wood fire oven for that authentic Italian flavour. Elena’s has a great contemporary vibe that gets better with their new extended outdoor deck. Enjoy fabulous views,waterside dining and the wonderful, vibrant marina atmosphere at Elena’s.

ARC Village at IGY Rodney Bay Marina With the Rodney Bay Marina’s most exciting event around the corner, it’s time to start checking out the schedules. The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is in its twentysixth year and the roster of activities arranged to welcome the participants just gets better with age. This year check out the ARC village with its cultural Creole events, live music and entertainment, great food and lots of family fun. Be a part of the action at IGY Rodney Bay Marina.


naughty but nice...

very nice!

love-lee tips fresh photography: Nadia Huggins

esther lee

Dear Love-lee: I recently broke up with my girlfriend but I’m finding it difficult to move on. I am constantly checking her activity on facebook, what should I do?

Dark Chocolate Mousse with Candied Sour Orange Peel 30g unsalted butter, chopped 100g 70% dark chocolate 3 eggs, separated 25g caster sugar 1 oz Caribbean rum (optional) The peel of 1 sour orange (pith removed, sliced into ¼ inch strips) 130g sugar Chocolate Mousse • Preheat oven to 180C/350F • Melt the butter and dark chocolate using the Bain Marie method and stir until smooth • Set aside to cool slightly • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until almost white and thick • Gently stir the whisked yolks into the butter and chocolate, then add the rum if using • Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold them into the chocolate mixture

• Transfer the mousse to small cups or ramekins and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours Candied Sour Orange Peel • Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Add the orange peel and bring to the boil again, then drain well and repeat • Re-fill the pan with 150ml of water adding 80g of the sugar and bring to the boil, stirring well • Add the sour orange peel, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid resembles syrup, stir occasionally • Tip the rest of the sugar into a shallow bowl • Once the syrup mixture has thickened remove the orange peel and coat each piece in the extra sugar. Shake the peel in the sugar until it is covered To serve, place the ramekins onto serving plates and sprinkle with the candied orange peel

With the rise of social media such as facebook and twitter, there are many modern pitfalls that we now have to deal with when it comes to our love lives. Even though facebook gives you continuous and instant access to your ex-girlfriend’s life, you must resist the temptation and start to heal your broken heart. Use this time to focus on yourself and rebuild your life. Keeping your ex in your life, even through facebook, will hold you back and not allow you to grow. This practice will only remind you of the hurt of the breakup and reignite feelings of regret and loss. I suggest going ‘cold turkey’; delete her from your friends’ list and just step back from the situation. Whilst this may feel like torture for the first couple of weeks, it will become easier over time. Focus your attention completely on yourself and rediscover the joy of life. Leaving the past behind will open up new doors for future love and happiness. fresh information: www.esther-lee.com

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cocktails Raspberry Chilli

a delirius-ly fresh collection thyme for passion

very berry spice

(Gold Medal winner at the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition)

(Silver Medal winner in the 2011 Chairman’s Challenge)

4 leaves of thyme 3 oz of fresh passion fruit 2 oz Toz white rum Dash of Orange Bitters * ½ oz of Elderflower Cordial

2 oz Chairman’s Spice 10 blueberries 1 squeeze of lime 1 spoon of gooseberry puree 1 star anise top with cranberry

• Muddle the thyme with the Toz rum in the glass half of your shaker • Add the remaining ingredients • Shake well • Fine strain the ingredients into a chilled martini or decorative glass • Garnish with a sprig of thyme * Available from Barbay

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• Muddle blueberries, star anise and gooseberries with 1 oz Chairman’s Spice rum • Shake with ice then fine strain into a high ball glass filled with cubed ice • Add 1 more ounce of Chairman’s Spice and a squeeze of lime • Top with cranberry juice • Garnish with 6 blueberries dropped into the finished drink

grapefruit flip (Gold Medal winner at the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition) 2 whole raspberries 2 slices of jalapeño 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice 1.5 oz Absolut Citron * ½ oz Cointreau * or Orange Bliss ½ oz sugar syrup • Muddle raspberries, jalapeños and Absolut in your shaker glass; then add remaining ingredients • Shake vigorously then fine strain into a champagne glass • Place the inside of the rocks glass over the champagne glass. With your hand firmly holding the two glasses, flip them over. The bottom of the rocks glass should now be on your table with the champagne glass upside down inside of the rocks with the liquid still inside it • Crush some ice using an ice crusher, then place the ice around the champagne glass • Sprinkle some chopped raspberries on top of the crushed ice • Garnish with a piece of grapefruit, a ring of jalapeño and a raspberry on a skewer


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shaken 17 mixologists vied for the coveted title at the annual Chairman’s Reserve Cocktail Challenge 2011at Delirius in October. The atmosphere was alive with anticipation, stakes were high, and spectators were raring to go. The participants were charged with creating two original cocktails using St Lucia Distillers products or selected imports from Barbay. The categories, adjudicated by a panel of UK bar tenders, included Presentation, Taste, Ease of Preparation and Cocktail Names. The creativity, originality and style of each presentation were key, particularly in an audience of hospitality industry officials, connoisseurs and enthusiasts. Ms Carol Morille emerged champion and walked away with the trophy, a cash prize of $2,000, a drinks hamper and the Certificate. Her delectable concoctions, the Grand Distiller and Chairman’s Coco, fixed her place for both judges and spectators: Chairman’s Coco also trumped her competitor’s offerings in The People’s Choice Award. In second and third place were Josiah Regis of Delirius, and independent participant Kim Alcide respectively.

St Lucia Distillers mixes things up with the Chairman’s Reserve Cocktail Challenge

Mixology Tips from the Pros • Chill your glassware When serving a cold cocktail, place the cocktail glass in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring for to keep drinks colder • Use fresh accent ingredients Fresh citrus rinds and slices, fresh juices and seasonal fruit purees are the way to go for X-factor cocktails  • Add some flourish, use a garnish This not only completes the presentation but enhances flavour.  A gin and tonic without lime? A dirty martini without an olive? Say it ain’t so! • Take the appropriate measures If you want consistently good cocktails, you have to measure. A jigger measure helps you get great cocktails, each and every time • Top shelf liquor please The quality of your liquor makes all the difference.  Start out with Saint Lucia Distillers’ quality range of products and you can’t go wrong

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 Whether it’s the bank cocktail straight from work, or a TGIF sundowner with friends after a hard week, fresh has some tips to get you from overworked to revved up in no time at all.   You know if you go home that it’s game over. You say to yourself, ‘I’ll just sit down for a few minutes’, or ‘I’ll just have a quick shower.’  Two hours later your BB is going berserk and everyone’s wondering where you are.   Try these tips to go from office chic to evening glamour in minutes.   Loosen up - unbutton those first few buttons and add a lovely tiered necklace with a wow factor Pack a piece of statement jewellery - a nice chunky bracelet or a cocktail ring Freshen up - with handy moist towellettes sold in pursesize packs, freshening up is easy as 1-2-3. Give your teeth a quick brush too and feel as fresh as a daisy Swing with some style - hair styling is all in the planning  so pack a few essentials such as hairspray and clips for glammed up or down styles Fresh face -  to give make-up a fresh application, all you need is lashings of mascara and a gorgeous lip colour and you’re ready to rock Lighten the layers - take off your jacket and throw on a light-weight scarf for a little Parisan style Shoes - nothing can quite change the landscape of an outfit like the perfect shoes - heels work every time!

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l, r :Envy c: Ozone

mini-dress:Envy clutch: Ozone

l: hotpants & earrings: Envy, blouse: Ozone r: jumpsuit: Envy

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fresh photography: Nadia Huggins dress: Envy, accessories: Ozone

dress: Envy, earrings: Ozone

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tank top: Envy accessories: Ozone

halter maxi-gown: Envy

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fresh start invigorating foot scrubs good enough to eat

Feet are the most used, abused, and taken-for-granted parts of the body. Take time to give tired feet a treat using one of these fabulously fresh energising scrubs. Whip up a batch in seconds, lovingly massage into your feet in circular motions, luxuriate in the aroma for a few minutes and soak off in warm water before patting dry. Zingy Citrus and Honey Scrub • 3 tbsp virgin coconut or olive oil • 3 tbsp brown sugar • 1 tbsp honey • Zest of 1 lime and 1 orange • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg Wakey Wakey Coffee Scrub • 3 tbsp virgin coconut or olive oil • 4 tbsp ground coffee • 2 tbsp sea salt • 3 drops peppermint oil

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fresh perspective Eliza Francis sheds some light on this oft-misunderstood disease.

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lupus

While Lupus and its cause may not be well understood, we know three things for sure- it is not cancerous, infectious or rare. Most importantly it is treatable, and with correct management patients can live a normal, active life. Millions worldwide suffer from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus), a chronic inflammatory condition caused by an autoimmune disease which can affect the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, joints, and nervous system. Patients with Lupus have unusual antibodies in their blood that attack the body’s healthy cells and tissues, resulting in inflammation. Lupus affects nine times as many women as men, and occurs at any age, but is especially common in people between 10 and 50, with those of Afro-Caribbean descent and Asians being the most affected compared to other ethnicities. Scientists believe Lupus may be genetically influenced and triggered by some elements in the environment, certain antibiotics, female hormones, ultra-violet light and extreme stress. No two patients experience the same symptoms, so treatment and management must be tailor-made to each individual. With the right medication and a healthy diet, most people with Lupus can live a fulfilling life. To help manage the symptoms of Lupus, Dr Amanda Greenidge, specialist and founder of the St Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association, advises observing a balanced, low-fat diet with little salt and sugar, combined with generous servings of greens (avoid Echinacea and alfalfa sprouts), fruits and fish; the more natural your food, the better. ‘Exercise is very important,’ she adds, noting that ‘lowimpact exercises are best for joints.’ Patients with Lupus have flare-ups when tired, so listening to the body is very important, as is learning to balance exercise with rest. Patients may also add to their daily regimen supplements like Omega 3 Oil help to reduce inflammation and calcium and vitamin D, as they are more prone to osteoporosis. Pain and anti-inflammatory medication are used as necessary. Immunosuppressive drugs are used by rheumatologists for kidney and brain inflammation.’These drugs... are very expensive,’ says Dr Greenidge, ‘so our aim is to get patients educated and focused on healthy lifestyles and prevention of complications, appropriate management and follow-up, and early detection of organ involvement by monthly home urine monitoring.’ There are also support groups for Lupus patients. Financial benefits, motivation, education and camaraderie are immeasurable for someone experiencing a chronic illness. Those with Lupus owe it to themselves to be among the 80 to 90 percent of Lupus patients living a normal healthy and active life.

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Symptoms Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because it can affect a variety of organs. Symptoms also come and go, and can often mimic other illnesses. Early detection and diagnosis is important in successful treatment. A combination of at least four of the following symptoms are strong indicators of Lupus: • Chest pain on deep breathing • Mouth sores • Sensitivity to sunlight (development of a rash) • Skin rash in the shape of a butterfly across the face • Unexplained fever • Protein in the urine • Anaemia or low white cell or platelet count • Nervous system problems (e.g. seizures) • Painful or swollen joints • Antibodies present on blood tests • General ill-feeling (malaise)

‘with the right medication and a healthy diet, most people with Lupus can live a fulfilling life.’


If you are suffering from Lupus or an auto-immune disease then don’t make your digestive system work too hard - enjoy lighter meals that are easier to digest and reap the reward of extra energy to strengthen and rebuild your immune system. What could be easier and more nourishing than a delicious soup? Here we look to China for the medicinal energy soup called Congee.

fresh tip This soup is great made in the slow cooker while you’re at work or whilst you sleep - simply cook on low for 8 hours

Congee Serves 2 ½ cup rice (or barley) 4 cups water or stock 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon minced ginger ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon cumin 1 chicken thigh with bone (no skin) 1 cup fresh greens, chopped 2 green onions, finely chopped A few chopped walnuts (optional) • Place all the ingredients in a 3-quart soup pot • Bring to a boil, lower the heat to very slow simmer and cook for 3 to 8 hours, adding water as necessary • Remove chicken bone • Add fresh greens or any other vegetables you wish and cook until tender • Season to taste and garnish with chopped green onions and walnuts

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fresh photography: Nadia Huggins

Running is a great form of exercise; it’s practical, accessible to everyone, and free. It helps to keep the cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal systems strong, but also gives the nervous system chance to relax and the mind time to unwind.

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fresh’s running clinic, sponsored by Taxi

posture

Keep your arms bent at waist level at a 90 degree angle; relax your hands and shoulders, and keep your chest lifted. As you run, the shoulders and arms might start to tense up so shake out the arms and shoulders every so often to release tension. Cup your hands gently as if holding something very delicate. Keep your head upright by maintaining your gaze forward about 20 feet in front of you and keep your face and jaw relaxed. Getting started 20 to 30 minutes, three times per week is a good starting point. Not everyone can run for that long to begin with, so walk when you need to and work up slowly to a full run, increasing your pace and distance over time. the basics...

find your stride

One of the most common mistakes new runners make is over-striding. When you extend your lead foot too far out in front of the body, it lands in front of your centre of gravity which can lead to injury issues such as runner’s knee and shin splints. Keep your stride quite short at first, and as you progress your stride will naturally widen. Avoid bouncing and try to land softly in order to reduce stress on your knees and other joints.

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Foot-strike refers to the point on the foot that first hits the ground. Most beginning runners land with their heel first o h e s s & a and roll to the ball of the foot. This comes vailable clothes from ured t T a A fe XI naturally to most people, but can increase on: i your risk of injury and puts a lot of h fas h pressure on the calves and Achilles s re tendons. By contrast, a mid-foot strike helps to prevent injury, provides greater shock absorption, and is a more efficient running style. The shoe that fits! The only thing you really need to invest in before starting a running schedule is a good pair of running shoes. There are some great shoes available specifically for running that are lightweight, flexible, shock-absorbing and breathable. Visiting your local sports store for a proper fitting is essential to find the right shoe.


shake it up!

protein smoothies

Top Tips At first keep your runs short and slow to avoid injury and muscle soreness. • If your breathing is excessively laboured, slow down or walk until you feel comfortable again • Pick a route close to home to make your run convenient • Find a committed running partner to keep motivated • Remember that you will have plateaus in your progress and tough days along the way • Buying running clothes that you look and feel great in will help to motivate you • Ladies, do not skimp on your bra; investing in a good sports bra is worth every penny!

Smoothies are a great way to help you get your RDA of vitamins and minerals and can even work as a quick fix meal when you don’t have time to cook.

breathe

Most runners recommend inhaling through the nose, fully expanding the lungs, and exhaling through an open mouth. Your nose is a good filter for air, and exhaling through your mouth allows your body to get rid of more carbon dioxide and heat with least effort.

warm-up & stretch-out

Warm the body up by walking or jogging slowly for at least 5 minutes before running. Make sure you stretch out well after your run to prevent muscle soreness.

Precautions • Listen to your body; don’t push yourself too hard at first • Make sure you drink water 30 minutes before your run and rehydrate after • Keep a look-out for uneven surfaces, bumps or cracks in the road • Make sure you are visible to traffic by wearing bright colours • If running in the early morning, dusk or evening make sure you have some reflective gear on • Watch out for the running bug... it might just catch you!

If your smoothie is replacing a meal or you’ve just worked out, try adding a scoop of protein powder to help repair those tired muscles and keep you going til your next meal. Café Ole offers a great selection of vitamin-packed smoothies with the option to build your own. Choose your favourite fruit and add whatever your body craves, from rolled oats, natural yoghurt or a banana, to a portion of 100% all natural whey protein. As we age, our bodies gradually lose their ability to produce critical amino acids - these amino acids are crucial in times of high physical stress, like after a workout, or when recovering from injury or illness. 100% all natural whey protein contains all the essential amino acids plus it boasts the highest protein quality rating, meaning it is a complete protein. Whey up the benefits! Natural Whey Protein: • Supports your immune system • Boosts energy levels • Supports joint and muscle health • Supports beneficial gut bacteria • Promotes healthy muscles • Protects all your tissues’ cells • Boosts metabolism


fresh ideas What do Albert Einstein and the philosophy of the Tao have in common? Xavier Ribot explains with editorial support from Elizabeth Serieux

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life lessons from the The German-born, Nobel Prize-winning father of modern physics whose name is largely synonymous with “genius”, and the Eastern philosophy of the Tao converge on some important ideas. Taoist philosophy focuses on the underlying order and continuity of the natural world; Albert Einstein was concerned with identifying and exploring the physical nature of the world. It is no coincidence that from such different starting points they both arrive at the basic but important conclusion: the entire universe is interconnected. It is those connections that allow us to influence our world, consciously or not.

According to Einstein, ‘A human being is part of a whole, called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.’ This manner of thinking calls us to a new level of consciousness. This New Consciousness starts with ‘attentive awareness’ of ourselves, each other and the tremendous power that together we can wield. It continues with respecting the reality that all our actions have consequences; those done out of love will increase the positive universal energy and vice versa. Nowhere is this more important or more easily manifested than in our small islands. We are active participants in the unfolding of the universe, and the Tao teaches that ‘Reality cannot be found except in one single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another.’ This means that together we can create our reality; we actually are already creating this reality. The important question however is whether we are happy with what this reality looks like. Fundamentally, we all want the same thing - to be able to grow, explore and enjoy life in a society that encourages and allows us to do so safely and in a healthy manner. The creation of such a society depends on each one of us. As we each move toward greater self-actualization, we move our society closer to a safer, healthier place. We strive continually to reach our potential, guided by the words of the Tao:

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‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself. Live in balance between body mind and spirit. Allow your life to unfold naturally Know that it too is a vessel of perfection. Just as you breathe in and breathe out.’ ‘There is a time for being ahead a time for being behind; A time for being in motion a time for being at rest…’ Know that each point in time is just as important as the next and that we are all in it together - what is your intention today? What reality will you help create today? If we adapt this philosophy to our thought process, our health will get better and we will reduce illnesses such as: cancer, heart disease,infections, allergies, diabetes etc...


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routine

Our body is like a clock; or rather a system of clocks operating simultaneously. In an ideal world we would be in harmony with nature’s rhythms, eating, sleeping, exercising and eliminating on a synchronised cycle every day.

fresh start Make your own natural mouthwash 2 ½ cups of mineral water 1 tsp fresh mint leaves 1tsp rosemary leaves 1 tsp anise seeds • Boil the water, add herbs and seeds, infuse for 20 minutes • Cool, strain and refrigerate • Use as a mouthwash every morning!

For most of us regulating our entire day is a stretch. fresh recommends a morning routine for the first hour of the day. You will be rewarded with improved digestion, increased energy and a peaceful, happy and meaningful start to your day. Wake up early The first light of day before the sun actually rises has amazing healthful properties. Being awake at this time can stimulate our senses and cultivate a peaceful state of mind. Look closely at your hands when you wake as it will make you feel instantly alert. Say a prayer Whatever praying means to you, use it to reaffirm what is important and set your intention for the day. Wash your face, mouth and eyes, rinse your mouth with water then splash your face with cold water. Next wash your eyes with cool water massaging your eyelids gently with your finger tips. Blink your eyes a few times and then rotate them in all directions. Drink a glass of water A tall glass of room temperature water flushes out toxins and stimulates peristalsis which facilitates bowel movements. Eliminate If morning elimination is not routine for you, go through the ritual of sitting on the toilet for a few relaxed minutes. You will eventually train your system and develop a healthy, regular habit.

Clean your teeth and tongue In addition to removing bacteria this also stimulates all of the body’s internal organs. Finish by gargling with warm water or a natural mouth rinse. Exercise Get out in the fresh air and get moving. Try to do at least twenty minutes each morning, followed by some gentle stretches. Meditation Meditation helps us acquire a tensionfree, relaxed and peaceful state of mind to face the day-to-day challenges of life. There are many different techniques but investing 10 minutes a day in any of them is truly worth it. Visit www.freemeditations.com for some great ideas on how to get started. Breakfast Finally! You deserve it. Treat your body to something wholesome and healthful that will power you up and keep you energized throughout the morning. Porridge oats, veggie omelette or sardines on wheat toast will fill you and give you a reserve of slow releasing fuel that boosts your energy levels for the entire day.

‘oh dear! oh dear! I shall be too late…’ Like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland we are always complaining that there is never enough time. If you are looking at this morning routine and wondering how you could possibly fit it in then fresh has the solution… Wake up earlier! Take the most precious time of day for yourself and feel great all day long.

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In today’s world we often become inundated with the hustle and bustle of daily routines. It’s a wonderful feeling to stop and retreat to that special place we call home. Making your house a home is made easy with Sunbilt Ltd. We are your one-stop-shop for all your home improvement needs, offering the best in hardware materials, lighting fixtures, bathroom fixtures and fittings, and are the exclusive distributor of Do it Best Paints. Over the years outdoor living spaces have become as important as traditional indoor living spaces. At our Bois D’Orange location you are sure to find everything you need to create your outdoor retreat, from a variety of BBQ equipment and outdoor furniture to gardening tools and live plants in our NEW Garden Centre & Outdoor Living department.

This holiday season don’t limit your relaxation and entertaining to inside your home; enjoy your outdoor space and make it an integral part of your home and a true reflection of you! In creating your outdoor space consider the following: What is the size of the space? What will it be used for? Search online for ideas Collect magazine clippings Go window shopping Sketch your vision What materials do you need? Do you need to hire a contractor? Once you’ve done all the ground work it is time for the fun stuff. Accentuate your space with landscaping, add inviting patio furniture and don’t forget the finishing touches lighting for pathways, water features and throw pillows will all make your outdoor space luxurious and unique.

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fresh home It’s been said that sometimes a change is as good as a rest, and that can be the same of how we experience our homes. If you’re tired of a drab living room but wary of the costs to refurbish, consider some of these inexpensive, quick-fix tips and breathe new life into an expired space!

quick-fix facelifts for your

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Colour me happy Adding a punch of colour to your living room by painting just one accent wall can bring energy, delight and intrigue to the room. If the room has a niche then that’s the perfect choice for extra colour. Choose a colour that picks up existing hues in a carpet, cushions or wall hangings.

Curtains up Have curtains already? Then make new sashes in complementary colours to give them new life.

Rearrange the furniture By simply re-configuring the layout of your room you can bring new life to it. Play around with it a little. Enlist the family and try a few configurations, or draw out some alternate layouts to consider.

Mood lighting By day, colourful, fragrant candles add a decorative flourish, by night they can set the mood.

Recover A complete upholstery re-do might seem a little daunting, but new covers for your throw cushions will create just as much of an impact.

Bring the outdoors in Use house plants for a burst of colour and interest. A hardy palm can create texture and literally freshen up a room. Potted flowering plants can create joy when they blossom. Family first In the digital age, many of our memories are stored on a hard drive somewhere. Frame your favourite family photographs and display. Not only does this create interest, it generates conversation. Mirror mirror on the wall. Hang a large mirror or a series of smaller ones to reflect light, capture the exterior view, or make a space seem bigger. Mosaic madness This takes a little more commitment but if there is an artist within looking for an outlet, this is the project for you. Re-surface a side table with a mosaic tile design using broken crockery, tiles and sea-worn glass. Light my fire Relatively inexpensive, updating the light fixtures in a room can really lift a space.

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Food Dyes Because of reported links between food dyes and behavioural changes in children, the United States FDA recently commissioned a committee to investigate. The committee recommended that more research be carried out - a move that indicates that our food dye consumption is worthy of review. It’s time we consider how often we expose our children to seemingly innocuous cake sprinkles, coloured breakfast cereals, and fluorescent drinks and yogurts. Something to laugh about We’ve all heard the adage that laughter is the best medicine, and few of us doubt the therapeutic properties of a good belly laugh. Laughter, especially when we don’t feel there is much to laugh about, can do much to release feel-good hormones and reverse sadness etc. However, a new study suggests that laughing can actually have a more significant physiological effect. A recent controlled study has revealed a several-point drop in blood pressure in participants who laughed regularly. The lowering of blood pressure minimises the instance of heart attack and stroke.

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Sleep on it Sleep deprivation is an increasingly common complaint of our modern age. Chronic tiredness not only makes us irritable and diminishes our cognitive function, over time it can lead to mood related problems like depression and anxiety. Long term sleep deprivation can also aggravate existing heart disease. Injury & Rest Conventional wisdom suggests that the best thing for a strain or injury is rest. That might not always be the case however. Activity releases endorphins which can reduce the pain of injury. Also, ordered sequencing of activity can help restore strength to tendons which might otherwise be weakened if healed with complete rest. The best thing is to go through a range of gentle stretches. If in doubt, consult your physiotherapist. Festive oranges This festive season favourite not only tastes great, it’s packed a vitamins, calcium and potassium.  Oranges also help fight cancer, arthritis heart disease and the common cold.  Peel one today!

Dear Doctor Dr Tanya Beaubrun of the Rodney Bay Medical Centre answers your questions   Q: I have a stubborn dry cough that won’t let up.  Should I be worried?   A:  A cough is most usually associated with the common cold, the symptoms of which can be treated with an over-thecounter cough medicine.  Also, if you suffer from a chronic allergic rhinitis or sinusitis, a post-nasal drip can cause a dry, irritating cough.  A dry cough is also a side effect of certain medications like ACE inhibitors or Angio TensinConverting Enzyme Inhibitors, a group of drugs used primarily for the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure.   If none of these situations apply and you experience a persistent cough lasting more than two weeks, it might be the symptom of an underlying issue.  If you experience shortness of breath, sharp pains in the chest which worsen as you breathe in, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, joint pain or a reoccurring fever, visit your doctor to investigate the underlying cause.


fresh air cell phones &

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James Crockett explores how to minimise the potential negative effects of cell phone use.

health For most of us a cell phone is now an essential part of daily life, so its inclusion in the World Health Organisation’s potential health hazard list is an understandable cause for concern. Cell phones emit radiofrequency (RF) energy, a form of ‘non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation’, like a low-powered microwave oven. Dr. Keith Black, Chairman of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles states, ‘What cell phone radiation does to the brain in most simple terms is akin to what happens to food in microwaves’. What makes conclusive evidence difficult is the relatively short time under which cell phones, and the studies which examine their implications have been around. It is however important to keep the risks in perspective as most scientific studies do not show a strong link between cell phone use and cancers such as brain tumours. A Danish study of 29 years recently showed no increased risks. Whilst the Interphone study in 13 countries (the largest study on cell phones) also showed no increased risk of brain tumour for the majority, it did show an increased risk of a dangerous type of brain tumour called Glioma in the most intensive long term phone users.

Oprah’s Dr Oz comments, ‘A study published last year in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery linked cell phone radiation to decreased bone density in the pelvis, and a 2008 study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic found that it lowers fertility in men.’ So what should we do? As with most things moderation is the key - limit your exposure to radiofrequency. Cell phones emit the maximum level of RF when seeking a connection to a cell tower at the start of a call; the weaker the signal the stronger the RF emission so… fresh information: visit the US National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/ Risk/cellphones

Limiting your exposure • When possible, place the phone in easy reach but not against the body, such as in a pocket or belt holder. • Do not sleep with the phone next to your head at the bedside table, or better still, switch your phone off at night. • Take off your earpiece when not on a call as it also emits RF, albeit at a lower intensity. • Hold the phone away from your head as it initially connects • When on the move a cell phone jumps from one tower to the next meaning the RF spikes on a regular basis - don’t phone and drive or use hands free • Avoid long calls in areas with weak reception • Use the loudspeaker and hold the phone away from your head or use a corded headset • Try to keep your call time short • Swap hands during the call • Minimise call duration and encourage the use of the landline calls instead for children, who are at higher risk because of thinner skulls


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Safety First Festive lighting can help create seasonal magic, but all that electricity can cause problems if not properly used. When you put up Christmas lights this holiday season, or anytime of the year, be certain to follow these safety tips: • Choose lights that come with a reputable safety testing guarantee • Make sure that the lights you select have fuses in the plugs • Select pretty ‘mini’ Christmas lights as they do not generate as much heat as traditional, larger bulbs • Inspect new and old lights before use for damage return or throw out any set with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections • Replace burned-out bulbs immediately • If using lights outside, be certain to use lights specified for outdoor use and hang with insulated holders or hooks (never nails or screws) • Do not hang lights on a metal Christmas tree • Limit the number of appliances you plug into any one outlet. Ideally the fuse breaker should trip, disconnecting all power, but if it doesn’t, it could put your home at risk of electrical fire • Do not improvise on home-made extension cords; keep all extension cords free from obstruction to maintain their insulation function • By all means light up the night, but when you go to bed, so should your lighting

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Energy Saving Reducing energy usage is good for our planet and our pockets! A significant part of our energy consumption comes from lighting, and as the festive season approaches our consumption typically increases. Implement a few of these cost-saving measures and enjoy a guilt-free, celebratory season! • Switch from conventional decorative lights to LED lights to save - not only do they cost less to run, they are also safer because they don’t generate as much heat • We’ve all heard about energy-saving bulbs (CFL) but few of us have made the change; here’s some compelling evidence for you - save up to 75% on your lighting costs by making the switch • It’s not rocket science - turn off the lights in rooms that you aren’t using and switch off lights when you go to bed • Select motion-activated exterior lights to secure your property so that lights only work for you when they have to

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taste of the

world savoury! Pasteles – Trinidad

This Trinidad Christmas favourite is close relative to the pastels of Latin America. Though demanding, they are worth the effort. Get some friends or family together to make a day of it.

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Carrot Halva - India From the Punjabi region of India this dish is favoured in the cooler months. It is a comfort food and an indulgent treat, best consumed sparingly. 1 kg carrots  1 litre milk  1 tsp cardamom seeds  ¾ cup water  3 tbsp ghee  2 tbsp raisins  2 tbsp almonds  2 tbsp pistachios 450 g sugar • Wash and grate the carrots. Soak the raisins in water for 30 minutes • Blanch and chop the nuts • Put the water to boil; add the grated carrots to boiling water and cook for 5-7 minutes • Add the milk. Cook on a low heat for an hour, stirring occasionally. Add sugar, mix and cook till dissolved and the milk has been absorbed • Add ghee and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the slightly crushed cardamoms and the raisins • Mix well • Remove from heat and arrange in a serving dish. Garnish with almonds and pistachios. Serve cold, hot or at room temperature

Filling 1 lb beef steak, minced or ground 1 lb lean pork, minced or ground cup vegetable oil 1 small onion, minced 1 small bunch green onions, minced including the tops 1 clove garlic, minced 3 medium tomatoes, diced 1 tbsp vinegar ¼ cup raisins, minced (optional) 2 tbsp capers (optional) 10 green olives, minced (optional) Salt and black pepper to taste Vegetable oil Dough 2 cups yellow cornmeal (fine) 3 cups lukewarm water 4 tbsp coconut oil ¼ lb butter 1 ¼ tsp salt

Travel may not always be a viable way to expand our palates, so fresh delivers a globetrotting tasting menu with some seasonal favourites from East to West!

• Brown the meat in the oil, then add the onion, green onions, garlic, tomatoes, vinegar, the optional ingredients (if desired), and the salt and pepper and cook down over medium heat for 15 minutes. The mixture should be fairly dry • Combine the cornmeal, water, salt & butter to make the dough. Divide into small balls. Cover to prevent drying • Using the vegetable oil, coat the inside of the banana leaves • Divide out the dough among the leaves and spread it about 5 inches square and ¼ inch thick on each leaf • Divide out the meat mixture and spread it out over the dough (about 2 tbsp per leaf) • Fold up the leaves into envelope-like packages and secure them with the string • Either boil the pasteles or steam them for an hour

Wrapping 12 7-inch square pieces of banana leaf for wrapping Kitchen string for tying

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ST. LUCIA

MEGA UPGRADE. IGY HOSPITALITY. Marina Village with shopping, dining, ships’ chandlery, recreation and guest services 32 fixed megayacht berths for yachts up to 280 feet 253 total berths with a 15ft max draft 14°04’32.72”N 60°56’55.63”W

High-speed fueling 50 & 60htz, single- and 3-phase power up to 400 amps Telephone and cable, Wi-Fi throughout

Full-service boatyard on site featuring 75-ton Marine Travelift, 40-ton self-propelled boat trailer and 6,100 square feet of paint/refit shelters

(758) 458 4153

On-site customs & immigration T: +1 758 452 0324

P.O. Box 1538, Castries

F: +1 758 458 0040

St. Lucia, West Indies

rbm@igymarinas.com For information or reservations WWW.IGYMARINAS.COM | 1.888.IGY.MARINAS

Or come & hangout on the water’s edge when the sun goes down and enjoy one of our speciality cocktails, an ice cold beer or something from our extensive range of spirits. Look out for special events & live music nights

www.igy-rodneybay.com ISLAND GLOBAL YACHTING AMERICAS | CARIBBEAN

www.cafeolestlucia.com


Gift certificates available in-store

christmas celebration Christmas made simple. The best ingredients, seasonal treats and gift ideas galore.

opening hours: monday-saturday 7am-10pm sundays and holidays 7am-6pm

ground floor, baywalk shopping mall • 758 455 food (3663) • glfoodmarket.com


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