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Tuna Treat This recipe can work as a snack or meal. It is really delicious as a tuna bake and great for something different for dinner. This is an ideal way to get your fish in for the week (at least 3 fish meals per week). You need: 1 tuna tin 3 egg whites ½ read more…

Shroom Surprise I don’t think you can get easier than this! It also looks amazing for when you are entertaining and it involves very little effort… You need: Mushrooms Basil pesto. Method: Remove the mushroom root and simply add basil pesto into the mushroom head Add edible flowers or parsley and a small amount of read more…

Salad Sushi This is an awesome alternative for a normal salad and it tastes completely different. So if you are a bit bored with your salads, try this instead. If you are not on maintenance yet, rather leave out the carrots, as they are very high in sugar. You need: Cucumber (mandolin slices) Carrots (mandolin read more…

Sautéed Apple In the mood for something sweet? Try these Sautéed Apples guilt free.  Serving size: 1 You need: 2 tsp coconut oil 1 apple – any kind, cored, chopped and unpeeled Method: Heat the oil over medium heat Add the apple and cook for 4-6 min until lightly browned, stirring frequently Serve immediately

Nutty Chickpea Snack This is a healthy and figure hugging snack, plus it’s very delicious (you won’t even know that you are dieting). It is good to include legumes (like chickpeas) into your diet, this is a great way to do it! Chickpeas have multiple health benefits and helps with weight loss. This is also a read more…

Chicken Muffins Prepare chicken muffins as a snack before meals when you are entertaining. They are delicious and no one will know they are Weight Control friendly.  You need: Chicken (diced) 3x egg whites 2 tsp italian herbs 1 tsp garlic salt 2 cups spinach (frozen/fresh) Method: Mix all of the ingredients and put into read more…

Baked Apple with Cinnamon Almonds Try this recipe if you are in the mood for something sweet, but still healthy. Many patients want alternatives for puddings and desserts, and this one is a great alternative for apple crumble. Enjoy! You need: 1 green apple – peeled, halved and cored Sweetener to taste (1 tsp) 1 read more…

Salad Dressing This salad dressing is really great to add some flavour to your salads without adding unwanted calories (like the salad dressings found in grocery stores). You need to take in enough oil per day (at least 3 tablespoons of healthy oils) and this recipe can help you do just that. Oils are essential read more…

Humus Humus is a great dip if you are in the mood for some tapas, whether you are entertaining or just need some variety. It is delicious and healthy. It is also a good idea to incorporate legumes into your diet every now and then, chickpeas here we come! You can use cucumber slices as read more…

Chicken Phyllopockets These are awesome when you are on maintenance. Phyllo pastry is lower in carbs compared to other pastries. It is light, refreshing and one or two is great for a snack. You need: Phyllo pastry 2x chicken breasts (boiled and diced) ½ yellow pepper diced 2 cups of finely chopped lettuce 5-6 green read more…

Iced Teas Rooibos Iced Tea You need: Rooibos tea bags, cinnamon sticks, lemon, Brookes Low Cal/ any diet cool drink to flavour (optional), sweetener (optional)  Method: Make Rooibos tea (strong), make enough and keep in a holder in the fridge. Add Brookes Low Cal/ any diet cool drink to taste. Add cinnamon sticks to the tea and read more…

Food supplements for optimal health Extracted from Chapter 4 of Dr Arien’s book Health & Happiness   Supplements are daily additions to a person’s normal diet to ensure optimal health and functioning of the body-mind unit. They support and strengthen the systems of the body so that the metabolism can function optimally. Supplements consist mainly read more…

Male Reproductive Health Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB FRSPH MISMA) Sexual health challenges are very common in men over 40 years of age. Performance anxiety often rears its head in men over 50. The core concept of ‘having sex’ should be changed to making love! This shift in perception will make a big read more…

Heart Health Holistic Integrative Approach Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB FRSPH MISMA) And the day came when the need to remain closed became more painful than the risk to open. – Anonymous The heart: seat of the emotions and the soul Experts estimate the total direct and indirect costs of death and disability read more…

Meaningful Menopause Workshop Feedback ‘I enjoyed it so much! You addressed all levels of health! Never heard of any medical Doctor doing this before. I usually get so bored as content is too basic but you really kept me interested every second! Well done. Thank you for a well-structured, highly informative and comprehensive seminar on read more…

Menopause and Perimenopause This article was written by Dr Arien van der Merwe as an article written for Natural Medicine magazine and an excerpt from Dr Arien’s book: Health and Happiness (also available as an eBook) Introduction Menopause, like puberty, causes dramatic changes in a woman’s body. This life transition process takes place over a period of read more…

Microbiome: Reinstate Homeostasis (Internal Balance) Digestive Health  Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB NHA FRSPH MISMA) Definition and introduction The microbiome is the full complement of the genes contained in all the microbes, tiny living single cell organisms, found throughout and inside the human body and the oldest form of life on earth. read more…

Zucchini/Baby Marrow Lasagna Written by Anri van der Merwe (Health & Fitness Consultant at the Weight Control Clinic, owner of PlayFunFitness) This lasagna is a life saver and all our patients/clients can eat it no matter where you are in the Weight Control Clinic program. Give it a try, you will definitely not regret it! read more…

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