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  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Grumpy Snacks

    My health journey has introduced me to many new businesses that really get me excited.  I have a terrible sweet tooth, & definitely eat my emotions.  ie if I’m feeling happy/sad/excited/depressed/nervous/stressed/any other emotion, I will reach for food.  And preferably something sweet, laden with sugar & filled with empty calories.  I have been consciously trying to make a change, & one thing I am focused on is only having healthy snacks at home & at the office.  It doesn’t always work, but every small step is still a step forward in the right direction. Grumpy Snacks is a small business that make me laugh out loud when I spotted their…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Umoya Foods

    During my quest to health in 2019, I discovered this local business called “Umoya Foods”.  I saw how people I admire in the health industry were making use of their products, & I was drawn to their social media presence as well as their offerings.  I have realised that our foods these days are not providing the nutrients & goodness that our grandparents could get from simply eating naturally, & it is so important that we supplement.  I currently add protein powder & collagen daily, as well as micro-greens & -reds. And taking into consideration that our bodies need a little bit more TLC than we are currently giving them,…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Veg Out

    Recently my husband & I began a healthy eating & lifestyle plan, & when I realised just how expensive this was going to be, I literally shuddered.  I am having to go to the shops every second or third day to buy fresh fruit & veggies, & these often go vrot before we get a chance to finish them all.  I knew there had to be an easier way of doing this.  I feel like the big supermarkets often mark up their fresh produce excessively, & these often seem to be at the end of their shelf life too – which means they have a very short life span. And…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    The Jozi Girl Eatery

    A plant-based diet is definitely something I have been more aware of – especially since watching the Netflix movie, The Game Changers.  It shows the importance of loving your body, & only feeding it the very best that it deserves.  Husband & I have been more conscious of what we have been eating, & our favourite place to go for a date is The Jozi Girl Eatery at Broadacres Centre. Other than the absolutely delicious food (I am busy working my way through the menu & trying something new every time), the whole vibe is just so relaxed & stunning.  Plus they are pet-friendly, with water bowls & treats at…

  • Food,  Local Businesses,  Skincare & Make-Up

    O’Nutricia Collagen

    Collagen has been a vital in my diet ever since my transplant – I wish I could say for longer, but I never appreciated the benefits until I really needed it.  And boy oh boy did I see the results! It helped my skin get firmer & my stretchmarks to fade; my hair & nails have grown back stronger & healthier; & it has really made a big difference to my tummy issues thanks to all the medication that I am on.  If you haven’t yet tried this for yourself, you need to do yourself a favour & go buy a tub right now! Your name: Licia Tavares (Lucy) Business…

  • Events,  Local Businesses

    Izzy

    A while back I met the most wonderful person, & I was instantly drawn to her kindness & zest for life.  Over time I have been lucky enough to see more of her, & spend time with her & see why people are so attracted to being around her.  Izzy is a “celebrity” yet so down to earth & caring.  She has had advice for me throughout my journey to health, & always has a little positive message for me.  Next month (eeek!) we are actually doing a trail run together to raise funds for Rare Diseases SA, as well as prove to ourselves what we are capable of doing. …

  • Events,  Local Businesses

    Fit Farm Girl

    On my quest to being healthy once again, & learning to love my body, I came across Fit Bands.  I had heard of them before, but because my health was so shocking, I couldn’t even dream of making use of them or really finding out more.  But then I had a life-changing experience & now I am able to actually EXERCISE!  And I am still determined to support local in this new path that I am on – so I knew that Fit Farm Girl was on my radar & that I really wanted to find out more. Then I heard about their event – mind.booty.soul pop-up experience which is…

  • Food

    Le Famished Cat

    Since getting out of hospital & actually being able to swallow my food (one of the fabulous symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis is constantly choking on food, & there would often be days where I would go without being able to eat properly) means that I have picked up quite a bit of extra weight.  In fact when I went into hospital to have my port & perm cath out, every nurse who saw me & knows me from previously commented on my weight.  It was rather embarrassing & has made me very self-conscious about what I look like.  I love my food & it has been 15 years since I…

  • Food,  Local Businesses

    Propa Food Bar

    A while ago my sister (who has the Metafit franchise in South Africa) told me about these fabulous smoothies that she had tried.  She then ordered these for her training that she was doing out at Prince’s Grant for personal trainers, & managed to get custom ones made in the colours that she needed.  I was very jealous when I saw these (they are definitely Instagram-worthy!) & knew that next time I was in Natal I needed to pop over & try one for myself. When I was visiting family last month, I went with my sister to Lifestyle Health & saw some sitting in their fridge – it was…

  • Local Businesses

    Jislaain SOS Tees

    Trying to live a greener, better life is one of my goals for 2019.  I want to try to recycle, refuse & reduce – I no longer accept plastic bags when out shopping but rather take my fabric reusable bags into the shop with me, & if I have forgotten them behind then I will load up the trolley & have to carry everything into the house individually!  I also have a bamboo straw & a stainless steel straw that I carry with me to use if necessary, & again, if I have forgotten one of these then I will refuse a plastic one.  We have a recycling bin in…

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