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Top ten health foods for your store cupboard

An edited version of this article, written by Lela, was first published in The South African Journal of Natural Medicine, available in stores nationwide.

Here are ten healthy, easy-to-store basics you can use in all sorts of ways. Stock up, and you’ll be able to create and enjoy delicious dishes with the knowledge that they are providing you with good health from the inside out!

I love food, it’s no secret – ask any of my friends or family! I do know, however, that what I have in my cupboard inevitably influences what ends up on my table, so it makes sense to stock up on healthy staples in order to ensure healthy meals. To this end I’ve come up with ten store-cupboard basics, which are both nutritious and easy to store in bulk.

The Role of Nutrition in Healthy Sexual Function

By Lela Rabie

Sexual Vitality: Sexual Vitality or sex drive can be influenced by a variety of factors in our daily life. Stress, anxiety, poor body-image, excess weight, boredom, hormonal imbalance and even various environmental factors are but a few which can have a detrimental effect on our desire for sex. Nutrition can play a large role in eliminating some of these factors and that is what we will be looking at here.

The EAT-SALAD way of life | The natural way of life

The EAT-SALAD way of life, a natural way of living as promoted by Lela Rabie.

So what, exactly, is the 'Eat-Salad' way of life?

Mmm, the million dollar  question. Well, the 'Eat-

Salad' way of life consists of a few building blocks:

Diet:

The 'Eat-Salad' way of eating includes: whole grains,

fruits and vegetables which are local and in season, vegetable

proteins, legumes, healthy cold-pressed oils, nuts, seeds and if

you are not a vegetarian, fish, poultry and game.

It excludes  wherever possible: artificial sugars such as aspartame, white

flour and white flour products, unhealthy fats, red meat,

caffeine, soft drinks, most alcohol and artificial flavourings

such as msg. Both these lists are in no way exhaustive.

Basically on the 'Eat-Salad' way of life, one tries to eat

simply, including food as close to it's natural state as

possible. I am not brave enough to try an all-raw diet for

longer than a few days so for me it is about attempting to make

my daily diet 75% raw foods, which for most of us could be

enough of a challenge!

Exercise:

Daily exercise is something which no-one should

compromise on, even if you can only walk to the corner and back

or jump on a rebounder for 10 minutes, slowly building up to a

longer time. Not only does exercise help you to build up fitness

levels and stamina, it also helps you to release plenty of those

feel-good endorphins and improve your respiratory function. As a

general guideline one should aim for an absolute minimum of 3

thirty minute sessions a week, one thirty minute session a day

would of course be far more ideal!

I love exercise such as yoga, swimming, walking and cycling and

when possible, dancing. The important thing is to find something

which you genuinely enjoy doing and being realistic as to how

much you can do, taking it one step at a time!

Reflection:

In order to live a truly balanced life, it is also

important to take some time in which to just reflect. This could

take the form of meditation, ten minutes of quiet time with your

coffee in the morning, a few minutes of listening to your

favourite music on your i-pod during your lunch break or taking

a gentle stroll through the garden before dinner each evening.

The idea is to have time where your mind is freed from having to

think about the stresses of the day, where you allow 'head-

space' for new ideas and creative solutions to problems. Try to

make this a daily habit and you will soon find you miss it if

you skip a day!

Passion:

If you ask any successful entrepreneur whether they are

passionate about what they do, I doubt their answer is going to

be: 'kind of..'! Being passionate about something gives you more

energy and stamina with which to accomplish your goals. Having

something to look forward to or even better, doing work you

love, definitely makes for a happier life overall! If you are

feeling listless and de-motivated, use your reflection time to

try and find something you've always wanted to do. Then, do the

research necessary to find out the first steps..and then, you

guessed it, just do it!

Well, there you have it, join me in incorporating these four

elements into your life, I wish you health, vitality and lots of

fun in the process!