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BAXTER<br />

Nourishing mind,<br />

body and soul<br />

We’re wishing for<br />

sunshine this month<br />


A bottle of<br />

Bella Tropicale<br />

30-minute<br />

weeknight meals<br />

LIVE<br />

WELL!<br />

Boost your gut, soothe your stress<br />

and take a beach break!<br />


APRIL <strong>24</strong>

contents<br />

GET IT<br />

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Steynberg<br />

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Venue: Bosheuvel Country Estate<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

04 We’re out and about and having loads of fun!<br />

10 Summer vibes, goodies galore, yummy treats... and some asses<br />

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06 Thrills, chills and a chic-lit<br />


08 Our fave sunshine picks of the season<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 Author Mervyn Nel chats about his latest novel<br />

14 Christine Baxter is on a nutrition mission to help you nourish body<br />

and mind<br />

BEAUTY<br />

16 The brightest and cleanest beauty around!<br />

HEALTH<br />

18 Insider tips to lose the bloat for optimal digestive health<br />

<strong>24</strong> Say yes to wellness retreats and managing stress<br />

FOOD<br />

20 Ella Mills shares some delish plant-based recipes<br />

22 We’re combining avo and pistachio!<br />


26 Reduce anxiety with house plants that help you relax<br />

TRAVEL<br />

32 We’re opting for an indulgent weekend in the KZN Midlands<br />

WIN<br />

34 A bottle of Bella Tropicale<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20<strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 03

A hot date!<br />

We’re out and about and having loads of fun!<br />

If you have a date for the Get It diary page, email the info at least a month in advance to lanie@caxton.co.za<br />

Looking for a change of pace? How<br />

about a Sunday Culture Soul &<br />

RnB Cook Along Experience? It’s<br />

not just about cooking … it’s about<br />

connecting. Think of it as a culinary<br />

adventure that goes beyond flavours,<br />

focusing on the magic of coming<br />

together. Share laughs, relish soulful<br />

dishes, and let the rhythm unlock<br />

the pleasure of cooking together.<br />

We mean, what’s more romantic<br />

than bonding through the shared<br />

language of food and music? 3pm to<br />

9pm at Kushinda Academy located<br />

at 31 Beacon Rd, Florida North.<br />

Tickets are R1 350 per person from<br />

quicket.co.za<br />

07<br />

Don’t let the last bit of warm<br />

weather slip away just yet!<br />

What better way to welcome<br />

the new season than with an<br />

egg-citing Easter Festival, where<br />

you’ll find heaps of arts and crafts,<br />

and succulents galore. Plus, they’ll<br />

be serving up a delicious Sunday<br />

lunch! It’s the perfect opportunity<br />

to support small businesses while<br />

snagging some unique treasures.<br />

9am to 3pm at the Antique Shack in<br />

Muldersdrift. Free entry.<br />

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Keen for a chill day out? Why<br />

not head to the Autumn Craft<br />

Market? You can look forward to a<br />

relaxed family-friendly atmosphere,<br />

where you can support loads of local<br />

artisans. Bring your kids and furry<br />

friends along – they’ve got a play area<br />

to keep the little ones entertained<br />

while you shop till you drop! There<br />

are also some fun activities like sand<br />

art, glass blowing, face painting, and<br />

outdoor go-karting! And, what’s a<br />

good market without some good<br />

food and live entertainment? From<br />

10am to 3pm at the Ngwenya Glass<br />

Village in Muldersdrift. Free entry.<br />

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11<br />

If you’ve been wanting to<br />

take your business to the next<br />

level, this might be just what you<br />

were looking for. North Palm Global<br />

is hosting an exciting Business<br />

Dinner for business and marketplace<br />

leaders. Guest speaker Patricia Estes<br />

is excited to share some profound<br />

wisdom, invaluable insights and<br />

powerful impartation, sure to<br />

elevate your business journey to<br />

new heights. R250 per person from<br />

quicket.co.za. From 7pm to 10pm at<br />

the Veranderde Lewens Church (17<br />

Philips Ave, Discovery).<br />

20<br />

Get ready for another Jessica’s<br />

Live on the Lawn music<br />

concert! The incredible lineup will<br />

feature Ard Matthews, Francois van<br />

Coke, Eloff, Brendan Peyper, Euphoria,<br />

Obsession Live, and Gap. Bring your<br />

camping chairs and blankets for a<br />

cosy setup, or opt for a VIP ticket for<br />

an elevated experience. It’s a day you<br />

won’t want to miss, complete with<br />

some delish food stalls, refreshing<br />

drinks, and an onsite restaurant.<br />

From 10am at the Ruimsig Country<br />

Club. Tickets from R175 per person<br />

from howler.co.za<br />

22<br />

Catch the eye-opener, My Children, My Africa which is a stark and<br />

moving exploration of the deep scars and lasting damage caused by Bantu<br />

Education during the Apartheid Regime. This thought-provoking play is<br />

set in the intense 1980s, at the height of Apartheid, and delves into the<br />

complex lives of three South Africans - Thami Mbikwana, Isabel Dyson, and<br />

a school teacher known as Mr. M. From <strong>April</strong> 22 to May 3 at the Roodepoort<br />

Theatre. Tickets are R70 per person from webtickets.co.za<br />

Ready to experience the rush of The Cradle of<br />

Humankind Road Race? It’s an adrenaline-packed<br />

event set against the stunning backdrop of one<br />

of humanity’s oldest landscapes. You’ll be soaking<br />

in the scenic routes throughout the historic Cradle<br />

of Humankind, where challenging terrain meets<br />

breathtaking natural beauty. Choose between 5km,<br />

10km, a half marathon and 32km. From 6.30am at LOTZ<br />

Kontrei, Sterkfontein Caves Road, Cradle of Human Kind.<br />

From R70 per person from roadrunning.co.za.<br />

Jamie Fine’s coming to SA … better yet, the <strong>West</strong> Rand! And you don’t want to<br />

miss her – especially if you’re the outdoorsy type! She will be performing some<br />

well-known hits on her If Anything’s Left Tour to a fairly magical backdrop. Think<br />

nature, greenery and some birds chirping along to the beat. Perfect for a family<br />

picnic. Remember to take your camping chairs and picnic blankets. From 10.30am<br />

until 8.30pm at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. Tickets from R350 per<br />

person from quicket.co.za<br />

Get your running shoes on and gather the fam for a fun-filled day out! The Winnie<br />

Project NPO (supporting the unfortunate, homeless and other charities within<br />

the community) is hosting a Freedom Day Charity Fundraiser along with a<br />

5km family fun run. There will be stalls, some yummy food and desserts, good<br />

music and tons of activities for the kiddos. It’s all for a good cause, so go on out<br />

and join in on the excitement. From 10am until 4pm at the Greenhills Stadium in<br />

Randfontein. Free entry. Details: 082-255-5814.<br />

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Book club<br />

It’s all raging storms and missing guests and thrills and chills.<br />

With a chic-lit thrown in for those who don’t need the adrenalin rush.<br />

Alex Michaelides, author of The Private<br />

Patient, is all over social media talking<br />

about his latest novel, The Fury. A<br />

former movie star invites half a dozen<br />

guests to stay on a private Greek<br />

Island. Should be idyllic ... except one<br />

of the group is a killer. Told by Elliot<br />

Chase (is he good, is he bad?) it’s all<br />

love, obsession, murder ... and loads<br />

of twists. Penguin<br />

In Lisa Gardner’s Still See You Everywhere, missing persons<br />

specialist Frankie Elkin is on an isolated island off the coast<br />

of Hawaii. Her mission ... to find Lani, the missing sister of a<br />

Death Row serial killer known as The Beautiful Butcher.<br />

Lani is being held captive by her millionaire ex-boyfriend<br />

on the island and the only way to gain access is for Frankie<br />

to go undercover. But can Frankie really trust the word of<br />

a serial killer? It’s Lisa Gardner. You know it’s going to be a<br />

spectacular read. Penguin<br />

With a scare on each page, you’re going to need<br />

a stiff drink. And we’re loving The Pogues<br />

- the official whiskey of the legendary Celtic<br />

punk band, one which celebrates the poetic<br />

rebelliousness of the Irish. This blended Irish<br />

whiskey boasts distinctive notes of caramel,<br />

malt, dried dark fruit, spices, honey and a touch<br />

of vanilla. You can drink on the rocks, or with<br />

your fave mixer. There are no rules! Around R329<br />

from your local bottle store.<br />

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A week-long grief retreat on a<br />

beautiful country estate. A raging<br />

storm (there’s always a storm, isn’t<br />

there!). A missing guest. Many<br />

secrets. And a murderer. The Grief<br />

House by Rebecca Thorne may<br />

well be the most chilling book you<br />

read this year. Bloomsbury<br />

A group of friends reunite for<br />

a remote glamping holiday ...<br />

a relaxing long weekend. But<br />

before the weekend’s over, the<br />

20-year-long friendships start to<br />

crumble, there’s a storm (obvs),<br />

and one of the parties is missing.<br />

No phone signal, no help, and<br />

a dead body. Twists, turns and<br />

chilling tension ... Hannah Richell’s<br />

The Search Party will keep you<br />

guessing. Simon and Schuster UK<br />

In this Michael Bennett thriller, a serial<br />

killer sniper is taking out impossible<br />

targets - all apparently unrelated - in<br />

New York. The profile ... great with a<br />

gun, probably ex-military. Which<br />

perfectly describes Bennett’s new<br />

partner - who’s quiet and secretive<br />

and often suspiciously absent from<br />

duty. Cross Hairs by James Patterson<br />

and James O’Born ... a really terrific<br />

read. Penguin<br />

A college girl looking for a new start,<br />

away from her small town, her family,<br />

and the memories of her dead best<br />

friend, moves into a shared house<br />

with a trio of new friends. All’s well -<br />

even if one is a little strange ... until<br />

one of them disappears, and a boy<br />

in the frat house next door is found<br />

dead. Only If You’re Lucky by Stacy<br />

Willingham ... great plot and sinister<br />

read. HarperCollins UK<br />

And the chic lit option ... What if you<br />

could skip the boring parts. The dating.<br />

The lazy flatmates. The climbing up<br />

the work ladder. Skipping straight<br />

to married, two perfect children,<br />

and a high-powered job. When this<br />

happens to 26-year-old (now suddenly<br />

40-something) Lucy, she discovers<br />

that along with the good parts, there<br />

are surprises too. Sophie Cousens’<br />

The Good Part. Hodder and Stoughton<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

All books available at Exclusive Books and exclusivebooks.co.za<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20<strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 07

Wish list<br />

Cover me with sunshine<br />

An armful of joy. We’re besotted with the exquisite<br />

bracelets and necklaces from Lemons and Grace<br />

Studio ... they’re mostly one-off originals, are<br />

handmade and so affordable. These chartreuse<br />

porcelain beads with filigree silver (R400) and yellow<br />

Evil Eye and Czech crystal (R280) versions certainly<br />

meet the cover-me-with-sunshine brief. All deets and<br />

orders via Instagram on @lemonsandgracestudio<br />

The new fragrance in the iconic Signorina<br />

Fragrance Collection is Signorina Libera<br />

... a floral musky gourmand blend with<br />

alluring and unexpected notes ... all sparkling<br />

Velvet Pear and Calabrian Bergamot mixed<br />

with the aromatic freshness of Elemi, Rose<br />

Absolute and Plum Nectar, Italian Orris Butter and<br />

Pink Sugar, Cashmere Woods and Ambroxan. From<br />

R1299 from Edgars, Woolworths & Truworths.<br />

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Create a happy<br />

corner ... sunshine<br />

mini vase, R185 from<br />

thehomequarter.co.za.<br />

And grow pansies!

Frayed edge bucket<br />

hat with adjustable<br />

drawstring, R479<br />

from zara.com<br />

W Bath&Body Awake<br />

energising citrus blossom<br />

glycerine soap, R49.95, and<br />

everyday delights citrus body<br />

wash, R119 from Woolworths.<br />

Make a positive change ... and eat your bowl! These eco-friendly,<br />

wholesome, edible crisp Munch Bowls are perfect for picnics and<br />

functions ... they’re made of stone ground, unbleached wheat flour<br />

and digestive bran infused with rooibos tea for its antioxidant and<br />

preservative qualities. There are no nasties, they hold any food - even<br />

hot soup for up to three hours, are microwave and freezer friendly<br />

and come in a bowl and a saucer. And the best part ... once you’ve<br />

finished your food, you simply eat the bowl. They come in packs<br />

of between eight and twenty, and cost from around R4.35 a bowl.<br />

Details: marketing@munchinnovation.com or WhatsApp orders to 061-934-9313.<br />

Blondes have more fun!<br />

It’s time to bring playfulness back into<br />

the mix when it comes to drinking<br />

whisky. No more stuffy standards ...<br />

just the chance to let loose and make<br />

mixing whisky fun again. Bright and<br />

vibrant, Johnnie Walker Blonde is made<br />

from a blend of wheat whiskies and<br />

single malts predominantly matured<br />

in first-fill American oak casks, and<br />

has subtle fruit flavours with a gentle<br />

vanilla finish ... perfect for casual<br />

sipping on a sunny afternoon. Try it in a<br />

chilled, ice-filled glass with lemonade<br />

or tonic water and an orange slice<br />

garnish, or with cola and a lemon slice.<br />

@JohnnieWalker on Facebook and<br />

Instagram. #KeepWalkingSA<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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Lilly Hendriks, Minette le Roux<br />

San-Mari Trollip, Karien Wagenaar, Miné Stander<br />

Donkeying<br />

around<br />

Summer vibes, old-school fun and games,<br />

goodies galore, yummy treats and loads of<br />

excitement for the little ones. Everyone had<br />

such fun at the Rest ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary.<br />

And guests got to interact with the resident<br />

asses, too ... each donkey more friendly than the<br />

last. The best part? Every penny went to taking<br />

care of these super humble furry friends. A<br />

wholesome experience indeed!<br />

Ardene de Jager, Dané de Jager<br />

Ermin Erasmus, Marilette Swart, Yvonne Erasmus<br />

Hedda Rheeder, Tracey Christie<br />

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Christiaan Calitz, Alicia Basson, Natasha Basson<br />

Jetane Cary-Smith<br />

Shane Beckley, Sacha Fraser<br />

Vivienne de Bruyn, Nicole Vagle<br />

Francois Maree, Jackely-Ann Maree<br />

Susan Vermeulen, Marika Strydom<br />

Photos: Alanicka LotrieT<br />

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A new<br />

chapter<br />

After more than three decades in the corporate grind, Mervyn Nel took a leap of faith<br />

into the world of storytelling. And now, his characters are doing some leaping of their<br />

own. Right onto the pages of his second novel, The Priest and the Gondolier.<br />


While storytelling wasn’t initially his<br />

forte, his vivid imagination – fuelled<br />

by his travels abroad and deep dives<br />

into different cultures – eventually<br />

got Mervyn Nel to write his first<br />

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novel, Theft from Delos.<br />

But this isn’t the first time he put pen<br />

to paper. Before becoming a fulltime<br />

author, he used to write lots of<br />

articles for a few mainstream mags, as<br />

well as short stories, plays and poems<br />

for the education department. Talk<br />

about a versatile writer!<br />

“I always had a love for languages<br />

and writing from an early age. As<br />

a youngster, I also had a broad<br />

vocabulary and the ability to express<br />

myself in words. And so writing was<br />

something I clung to over the years.<br />

“It was only during Covid that I<br />

decided to go on early retirement to<br />

pursue my passion for writing. And<br />

let me tell you, the transition wasn’t<br />

easy. It was very daunting at first, as<br />

I didn’t know if I would be published<br />

or not. Today, I am glad I took that<br />

leap of faith because I am living my<br />

dream. I already have two novels out,<br />

with a third in the pipeline.”<br />

When it comes to his latest novel,<br />

let’s just say if you like a good nailbiter,<br />

it’ll be right up your alley! The<br />

Priest and the Gondolier is a fastpaced<br />

mystery thriller that is set in<br />

Venice, Italy. Paintings are stolen from<br />

museums and art galleries. Chief<br />

Superintendent Gina Rossi of the<br />

Italian Police, and Harry Wilson, an art<br />

expert who does freelance work for<br />

Interpol in the United Kingdom, are<br />

commissioned to investigate.<br />

“I was lucky to have visited Venice<br />

twice. Once in the summer, and once<br />

in winter. And it just set the perfect<br />

scene for the novel. To see a city

and experience a foreign country<br />

firsthand is a great advantage<br />

when setting the tone for your<br />

fictional work.”<br />

These days, Mervyn just loves kicking<br />

off his mornings by writing at dawn,<br />

soaking in the gentle light of the<br />

horizon, with the chirping birds<br />

keeping him company. He also<br />

spends his time doing book readings<br />

at old age homes, promoting his<br />

books and giving talks at schools<br />

and libraries.<br />

Rooted in his passion for storytelling,<br />

Mervyn is involved with the National<br />

Libraries of South Africa, giving<br />

talks at schools and libraries about<br />

the importance of reading from an<br />

early age.<br />

This talented wordsmith’s novels<br />

are already available in a whopping<br />

85 countries, and he’s got his sights<br />

set on adding Greece and Slovenia<br />

to the list ... simply because those<br />

are the places where his first and<br />

third novels (which is already in the<br />

pipeline) came to life.<br />

It’s safe to say Mervyn’s writing<br />

journey has only just begun. As his<br />

life motto rings “Don’t put off till<br />

tomorrow what can be done today.<br />

It is an opportunity lost.”<br />

You’ll find The Priest and the Gondolier<br />

(published by Europe Books) at<br />

Exclusive Books and Porcupine<br />

Press for around R350. Details:<br />

Follow @MervynNel on Facebook<br />

Mervyn tells us more about the brand-new chapter in his life.<br />

How do you beat writer’s block?<br />

I go for long walks, visit family and friends or read a good novel.<br />

What inspires you?<br />

Mostly my travels overseas and from interacting with interesting and<br />

knowledgeable people.<br />

Early bird or night owl?<br />

Definitely an early bird. I typically start editing from around 4.30am. I begin with<br />

editing the previous day’s work for two hours. I then take an hour break for<br />

breakfast after which I begin that day’s writing. I write on average six hours a day.<br />

How do you breathe life into your characters?<br />

I develop my characters during the story. I keep them down to earth while<br />

making them as memorable as possible. They all have their own quirks and<br />

idiosyncrasies. A lot of the characters in my first novel were based on actual<br />

fishermen I met and spoke with on the Greek Islands.<br />

Do you see yourself in some of your characters?<br />

Yes, I see myself in the leading characters of my novels. They need to adapt and<br />

overcome adversity. They face transition and at times need to make difficult<br />

decisions. This is how I felt when I left the corporate world after 30 years to go<br />

out on my own<br />

Advice for a first-time author?<br />

Write every day. Don’t focus too much on grammar, sentence structure and all<br />

that. Just put your thoughts on paper. Editing can be done later. You cannot edit<br />

something that is not written.<br />

What can readers expect from you next?<br />

My next novel, Postcard from Maribor will be ready for release in the near future.<br />

Any aspiring writer knows the feeling of a blank page glaring back at them. The<br />

cursor blinks, waiting for you to write something. But you are frozen. Where do<br />

you start? Well, Mervyn suggests the following:<br />

5 Golden tips for writing<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4 5<br />

Write about topics you are knowledgeable about or have a deep<br />

understanding of. If you know nothing about science fiction and you<br />

attempt to write on this, the readers of that genre will quickly pick up that it is<br />

not of the usual high standard.<br />

Do not be too self-critical. If you are going to continuously self-doubt<br />

yourself, you will keep rewriting to make your work sound better and<br />

therefore you will never reach the stage where you will submit and ultimately be<br />

published.<br />

Do thorough research. If your novel is set in a real place and at a specific<br />

time, research is essential to ensure that your facts are correct.<br />

The development of your characters is key to your story. The one thing that<br />

stays with the reader long after they have read a novel is the characters.<br />

Have someone edit your work prior to submission. It’s always good to have<br />

a second set of eyes and an independent opinion. If you have the available<br />

funds, I would strongly advise you to have your work professionally edited prior<br />

to submission. This will improve your chances of acceptance.<br />

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Happy. Healthy. Humble.<br />

Ever feel like navigating the world<br />

of nutrition is like diving into a<br />

bottomless salad bowl? Nutrition pro<br />

Christine Baxter gets it. She’s not just<br />

here to sprinkle some chia seeds of<br />

wisdom – she’s on a mission to help<br />

you make choices that nourish both<br />

your body and mind.<br />

For nutritionist and health coach Christine Baxter good<br />

health isn’t just eating right – it’s an act of self-care.<br />

Choosing veggies over chips, and fruits over sugary<br />

sweets means nurturing and caring for your body.<br />

It’s about making the effort to feel good physically,<br />

mentally and emotionally.<br />

Surprisingly, Christine’s diet wasn’t always kale<br />

smoothies and quinoa salads. Growing up, healthy<br />

eating wasn’t exactly part of the family meal plan.<br />

While her dad was never a fan of veggies, she did have<br />

one saving grace – limited access to sugar, which<br />

helped put her on a good path. A path that had led<br />

her straight to the world of nutrition? Not quite. An<br />

adventurer at heart, Christine took the scenic route.<br />

“I got my qualification in Corporate Communication<br />

straight after school. And, having had the desire<br />

to travel, I worked on the cruise ships as an events<br />

and special functions coordinator for a few years.<br />

Once back on land, I started my corporate career in<br />

travel marketing.”<br />

Then life threw her a curveball – a dose of personal<br />

health struggles with an autoimmune disease, and the<br />

loss of her dad due to brain cancer. As she navigated<br />

these challenges, Christine found herself re-evaluating<br />

life. Then, cue the lightbulb moment!<br />

“During my healing journey, I found a profound<br />

purpose in my own struggles. And it was like<br />

something clicked. I did a complete 180 and left the<br />

corporate scene to study functional nutrition full-time,<br />

and later health coaching. It became evident that I<br />

needed to spread the truth about the transformative<br />

power of nutrition and lend a hand to others<br />

struggling with their health challenges.<br />

“I’ve been in the industry now for more than seven<br />

years, most of which I’ve run my own practice –<br />

Purpose Nutrition Consulting. I wanted to provide<br />

an alternative path for those who also feel desperate,<br />

Book a<br />

complimentary 30<br />

minute online session<br />

with Christine to discuss your<br />

health challenges and how<br />

she can help! This session is<br />

bookable through her website<br />

purposenutritionco.co.za<br />

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hopeless, and had lost faith in their health and well-being.”<br />

These days, Christine just loves being a part of her<br />

clients’ transformation journey ... when they learn about<br />

themselves and experience immense joy as they reclaim<br />

control over their own health.<br />

There’s just something about the human body finely<br />

tuned to thrive on the good stuff, that makes her tick. She<br />

adds that, in our hustle-bustle lives, we’ve lost touch with<br />

what our bodies are trying to tell us. And, that’s where<br />

she steps in – decoding health issues, digging up the root<br />

causes, and helping our bodies get back in sync with its<br />

factory settings.<br />

“Because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, my programs<br />

are tailored to suit each client’s individual needs, I generally<br />

tackle issues related to low energy, insulin resistance, gut<br />

issues and hormonal imbalances. And I incorporate health<br />

coaching too, to help clients move toward their health<br />

goals, work through barriers and keep them supported and<br />

accountable in their journey.”<br />

Christine goes on to say that some of the biggest baddies<br />

are processed foods, fad diets, stress, toxins and parasites<br />

which can all lead to insulin resistance and poor gut health.<br />

The effects? Think imbalanced sleep, mood, anxiety, skin<br />

and weight.<br />

“Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be an all-ornothing<br />

approach. Moderation and mindfulness are key. It’s<br />

the consistency of healthy choices that move us forward.<br />

One bad choice or meal is not going to undo all the<br />

positive changes you’ve been making. Just like one healthy<br />

meal isn’t going to undo a whole bunch of bad choices.<br />

“It’s all about seeking lasting change instead of constant<br />

dieting or more medication. The golden rule is to keep it<br />

simple, slow and consistent. Change what you can and<br />

build from there. Don’t try to do everything at once”<br />

When Christine isn’t at her practice, she’s dishing out health<br />

tips on a show called Real Health on DStv’s The Home<br />

Channel. Total powerhouse vibes!<br />

But it’s not only nutrition that brings her joy. She has loads<br />

of fun basking in the simple joys of life – window shopping,<br />

lazy afternoons with her cats, dancing, reading and<br />

spending time with her husband Jason, as well as friends<br />

and family. And, if she’s got some time to spare, you’ll most<br />

probably find her out camping, taking long hot baths, or<br />

chilling in her garden. Besides feeling good from the inside<br />

out, throw in a dash of faith, a sprinkle of family, and maybe<br />

jamming out to a Taytay tune or two, and Christine’s got her<br />

recipe for happiness perfected.<br />

“My ultimate goal is to become a prominent<br />

knowledgeable and inspirational speaker in the industry<br />

and to continue touching lives and empowering others in<br />

their health.”<br />

Bottom line – health isn’t just about what you eat ... it’s<br />

about feeling vibrant, energised and well-balanced in all<br />

aspects of life. So, what are you waiting for? Nourish your<br />

body, feed your soul, and remember, life’s too short to<br />

skimp on self-care!<br />

Details: Visit purposenutritionco.co.za, or follow @Purpose<br />

Nutrition Consulting on Facebook and @purpose.nutrition.co<br />

on Insta<br />

5 Alternatives for unhealthy indulgences<br />

1<br />

Fresh fruit instead of sugary snacks. Fresh fruits<br />

like apples, berries, and oranges provide natural<br />

sweetness along with essential vitamins, fibre,<br />

and antioxidants, unlike sugary snacks that offer<br />

empty calories and can lead to energy crashes. Pair fruit<br />

with a protein such as an apple with nut butter to avoid<br />

blood sugar spikes and provide more sustained energy.<br />

2<br />

Oats instead of sugary cereals. Oats are a whole<br />

grain that provides complex carbohydrates<br />

(better energy), fibre, and nutrients such as iron<br />

and magnesium. This makes for a filling and<br />

nutritious breakfast option compared to sugary cereals,<br />

which often contain artificial additives and lack essential<br />

nutrients.<br />

3<br />

Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Dark<br />

chocolate with a high cocoa content contains<br />

antioxidants and magnesium which has various<br />

health benefits, such as improved heart health<br />

and mood. Choosing dark chocolate with minimal added<br />

sugars is a better option than milk chocolate, which tends<br />

to be higher in sugar.<br />

4<br />

Hummus and veggie sticks over chips and<br />

dip. Hummus, made from chickpeas, offers<br />

protein and fibre, while fresh veggies like carrots,<br />

cucumbers, and bell peppers provide vitamins<br />

and minerals. This swap avoids the excessive fats and<br />

sodium found in many chips and dips.<br />

5<br />

Sparkling water with lemon instead of soda.<br />

Sparkling water with a splash of lemon or lime<br />

provides the fizziness of soda without the added<br />

sugars, artificial sweeteners, and empty calories.<br />

It keeps you hydrated without the health risks associated<br />

with sugary sodas.<br />

Christine’s fave choc avo bliss smoothie<br />

You’ll need: 1/2 avocado; 25g chocolate protein powder;<br />

1/2 frozen banana; handful mixed berries; water or<br />

unsweetened almond milk<br />

To make: Place all the ingredients in a blender, add desired<br />

amount of water or unsweetened milk and blend to make<br />

your perfect smoothie.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20<strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 15<br />


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Nothing beats<br />

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The brightest and cleanest beauty around!<br />

ARA Imphepho<br />

Luxury<br />

Moisturising<br />

Hand Cream<br />

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One bottle. Five benefits. Novexpert<br />

Cleansing Oil with 5 Omegas is a<br />

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remover, cleanser, anti-pollution,<br />

moisturiser and smoothing. R550.<br />

100% natural Novexpert Extra Rich<br />

Repair Cream with visibly less dry<br />

skin in just one application. R930.<br />

Both from novexpert.co.za<br />

Sh’zen Key Lime Lemon Zest Body<br />

Butter for the relief of taut and dry skin.<br />

R279 from www.shzen.co.za<br />

The Body Shop Mango Lip Scrub helps<br />

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smoother feeling lips. R120 from Clicks.<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20<strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 17


Insider tips to lose the bloat for optimal digestive health<br />

In the pursuit of overall well-being, one aspect that often gets<br />

overlooked is the health of our gut. But it’s fast becoming a<br />

trending topic as people are seeing remarkable changes to their<br />

health when they just tweak a few things in their diet. A balanced<br />

gut microbiome is crucial for digestion, nutrient absorption,<br />

promotes gut-brain health and clarity, plays a role in our immune<br />

system and hormonal functioning and our skin health. Eco-Diva<br />

Natural Superfood Skincare founder Nicole Sherwin explores<br />

some practical insider tips to foster good gut health through<br />

balanced nutrition and plant-powered supplements.<br />

Get It loves ... Good Gut Glow -<br />

Superfood Beauty Smoothie,<br />

which gives your skin a boost from<br />

the inside out, and is the ultimate<br />

solution for a balanced gut and<br />

perfectly glowing skin. Certified<br />

organic, delicious and nourishing, it’s<br />

packed with a powerful blend of plant<br />

superfoods, prebiotics, plant protein<br />

and fibre, which promote overall gut<br />

balance, increased energy, better<br />

sleep, a healthy libido and a glowing<br />

skin. R357 from ecodiva.co.za<br />

Nicole’s top tips for good gut health<br />


Load up on fibre-rich foods like whole grains, legumes,<br />

fruits, and vegetables. Fibre serves as fuel for beneficial<br />

gut bacteria, promoting a thriving microbiome.<br />

Include plant-based proteins -<br />

Opt for plant-based protein sources like beans, lentils,<br />

tofu, and quinoa. These not only provide essential<br />

amino acids but also contribute to a healthier gut<br />

environment.<br />


Incorporate nutrient-dense superfoods like kale,<br />

blueberries, and broccoli into your diet. These<br />

power-packed foods contain antioxidants and<br />

phytochemicals that support overall health, including<br />

gut health.<br />


Include prebiotic-rich foods such as garlic, onions,<br />

leeks, and bananas. Prebiotics act as food for beneficial<br />

bacteria, fostering a robust microbiome.<br />

Integrate baobab for gut wellness -<br />

Baobab, derived from the African baobab tree, is rich<br />

in fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Including baobab<br />

in your diet can aid digestion and contribute to a<br />

healthy gut.<br />


Consider incorporating supplements like probiotics,<br />

prebiotics and multivitamins to support gut health.<br />

Probiotics introduce beneficial bacteria, while<br />

multivitamins fill potential nutrient gaps in your diet.<br />


Clean, fresh water (NOT TAP WATER) is essential for<br />

maintaining a healthy gut. It helps in the digestion and<br />

absorption of nutrients, ensuring smooth functioning<br />

of your digestive system.<br />


Limit processed foods (anything that is prepackaged<br />

or fast foods), sugary snacks, and excessive red meat<br />

consumption, as these can disrupt the balance of your<br />

gut microbiome.<br />

Cultivating a healthy gut is a holistic journey that<br />

involves mindful eating and incorporating gutfriendly<br />

foods and supplements into your lifestyle.<br />

By adopting a plant-based diet rich in fibre, plantbased<br />

proteins, and superfoods, along with strategic<br />

supplementation, you can foster a diverse and thriving<br />

gut microbiome, laying the foundation for overall wellbeing.<br />

Remember, a happy gut is key to a happy and<br />

healthy life.<br />

For more info on maintaining a healthy gut, visit<br />

ecodiva.co.za, @ecodivanatural<br />

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GUT<br />

HEALTH<br />

Let’s have a cup of tea. Sweetest words ever. Grace Tea has<br />

a selection of eight herbal teas, with ingredients selected to<br />

nurture and nourish your body naturally. Drawing inspiration<br />

from ancient Ayurvedic science, to harness the proven methods<br />

that restore the body’s delicate balance, providing you with a<br />

natural pathway to well-being,<br />

you can choose from<br />

Immunity tea – to support the<br />

body’s immune system; Gut tea<br />

– to support the gut; Heart Tea<br />

– to support the cardio system;<br />

BP Care tea – to support the<br />

management of blood pressure;<br />

Joint tea – to assist in easing joint<br />

pain; Thyroid tea – to support<br />

thyroid function and well-being;<br />

Sugar Balancing tea – to maintain<br />

and support blood sugar levels;<br />

and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary<br />

Syndrome) tea – for women who<br />

need hormonal balance support,<br />

insulin regulation and menstrual<br />

support. A pack of 20 teabags<br />

costs R180 from gracebeverages.<br />

co.za. Instagram and Facebook<br />

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Beat the bloat! Kiko Vitals Debloat + Gut Glow is an all-natural<br />

vitamin, packed with organic fruit enzymes and calming<br />

anti-inflammatory ingredients. This blend of five herbs and a<br />

fruit-based digestive enzyme targets every possible cause for<br />

bloating. Besides alleviating bloating, it also reduces water<br />

retention and puffiness, aids digestion and soothes cramps,<br />

supports gut health, speeds food break down and prevents gas.<br />

Plus, it works really fast! R480 for 60 capsules from kikovitals.com<br />

The two-in-one Kiko Vitals Prebiotic + Probiotic formula<br />

works in countless ways, including being an excellent source<br />

of fibre and a gut primer, helping with appetite control and<br />

curbing cravings, improving gut barrier integrity and gut-brain<br />

integrity (so improving mental health), boosting immunity,<br />

reducing inflammation and allergies, balancing bacteria and<br />

providing optimal femme flora. R429 from kikovitals.com<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>April</strong> 20<strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 19

Simply<br />

delicious<br />

Ella Mills is on a mission to make living a healthy lifestyle easier. In<br />

Healthy Made Simple, she shows you how you can have a nutritious,<br />

delicious plant-based recipe ready in 30 minutes or less.<br />

Healthy Made Simple is filled with<br />

vibrant, flavour-packed, plant-based<br />

recipes using no more than 10<br />

easy-to-find ingredients ... all easy to<br />

make and crammed with goodness.<br />

Think prep-ahead porridge three<br />

ways, and energising smoothies,<br />

on-the-go lunches, salads and<br />

sandwiches, sensational bowls<br />

and soups - the pea, broccoli and<br />

walnut soup with herby croutons<br />

will be made on repeat this year, as<br />

will the garlicky barley and green<br />

bean salad with herby almonds.<br />

Curries, traybakes, muffins and<br />

sweet treats. Yellow Kite, Hodder &<br />

Stoughton, R620 from Exclusive Books<br />


This is the kind of meal I cook both<br />

for myself and my kids on repeat. The<br />

whole family loves it, it’s especially<br />

quick to make and it’s still loaded<br />

with veg. Using edamame, peas and<br />

cashews really ups the plant protein<br />

too, so you’ve got almost 20g per<br />

serving. I’ve popped it in the lunch<br />

chapter, as it’s a great hot, filling<br />

option when you’re at home, but it<br />

works brilliantly as a midweek supper<br />

too. Serves 2. Time 15 minutes<br />

You’ll need: 2 servings of pasta<br />

(about 75g per person), I use whole<br />

wheat; 100g frozen peas; 100g<br />

frozen edamame; large handful of<br />

baby spinach (about 50g), roughly<br />

chopped; sea salt and black pepper<br />

For the herby green sauce: 50g<br />

cashews; 75ml oat milk; 1 Tbsp olive<br />

oil ½ tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard;<br />

grated zest and juice of 1 lemon; ½<br />

bunch of coriander (about 10–15g),<br />

finely chopped, plus extra to serve;<br />

½ bunch of dill, basil or parsley<br />

(about 10–15g), finely chopped, plus<br />

extra to serve; small handful (about<br />

25g) of baby spinach; sea salt and<br />

black pepper<br />

To make: Cook the pasta in boiling<br />

water with a pinch of salt, according<br />

to the instructions on the pack.<br />

Add the frozen peas, edamame and<br />

spinach for the last minute or two, so<br />

that the veg is tender and the spinach<br />

has wilted. Drain and leave to cool for<br />

a minute or two, then put everything<br />

back into the pan.<br />

While the pasta cooks, make the<br />

sauce. Simply put all the ingredients<br />

into a high-speed blender with<br />

a generous sprinkling of salt and<br />

pepper and blitz until you have a<br />

smooth sauce. Add an extra splash<br />

of milk or olive oil if needed to get it<br />

to a consistency you like and check<br />

the seasoning.<br />

Pour the sauce over the pan of pasta<br />

and mix until it’s coated. This can be<br />

served warm or cold, depending on<br />

the time of year and your preference.<br />

Season to taste and serve with an<br />

extra drizzle of olive oil and the<br />

extra herbs.<br />

To make it nut free, simply swap the<br />

cashews for sunflower seeds - it’s just<br />

as delicious.<br />

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I’m always thinking about different ways to get more veggies<br />

into my meals and this recipe is such a great way of upping<br />

your greens, with spinach in both the sauce and the broth. It’s<br />

delicious as a light supper and feels like a mix between a soup,<br />

broth and a stew; equally serve it with brown rice or another<br />

grain, a toasted piece of sourdough, a jacket potato, roasted<br />

veggies or pan-fried greens. Serves 4. 20 minutes<br />

You’ll need: 1 Tbsp olive oil; 2 shallots, thinly sliced; 2 leeks, cut<br />

into 1cm slices; 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped; 1 vegetable<br />

stock cube; 2 × 400g tins of butter beans; 4 large handfuls of<br />

spinach (about 200g) roughly chopped; grated zest and juice of<br />

1 lemon; sea salt and black pepper<br />

For the sauce: 100ml oat milk; ½ tsp brown rice miso paste;<br />

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast; large handful of baby spinach<br />

(about 50g)<br />

To make: Set a heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium heat<br />

and add the olive oil. Once the oil is warm, add the shallots,<br />

leeks and a pinch of salt. Cook for 8–10 minutes, stirring<br />

occasionally, until they soften. Add the garlic and cook for a<br />

further 2 minutes, until it’s golden and fragrant.<br />

Next, add the stock cube and butter beans, along with the<br />

liquid from each of the tins. Bring to the boil, then cover with a<br />

lid and simmer for 10 minutes, until thickened.<br />

While the beans are cooking, make the sauce. Simply put the<br />

oat milk, miso, nutritional yeast and the baby spinach into a<br />

high-speed blender and blitz until perfectly smooth.<br />

Once the beans are ready, pour in the sauce and add the<br />

spinach, stirring until it’s wilted. Stir in the lemon juice and<br />

season to taste with salt and pepper. Scatter over the lemon<br />

zest before serving.<br />


I make a variation of this for my kids a lot, using whatever greens I have in<br />

the fridge – green beans, asparagus, spinach etc. It’s exceptionally simple<br />

yet super satisfying. Serves 2. Time 15 minutes<br />

You’ll need: 2 servings of pasta - I like orecchiette in this dish (about 75g<br />

per person); 1 small head broccoli (about 300g) cut into small florets;<br />

100g frozen peas; large handful of cashews (about 50g, see note below); 1<br />

vegetable stock cube; 1 tsp Dijon mustard; 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast; grated<br />

zest and juice of 2 lemons; 1 × 400g tin of butter beans, drained and<br />

rinsed; sea salt and black pepper<br />

To make: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and add<br />

the pasta. Cook according to the instructions on the pack, adding the<br />

broccoli and frozen peas for the last 3 minutes of the cooking time.<br />

Cook until the pasta is al dente, the broccoli is tender, and the peas are<br />

defrosted, then drain and return to the pan.<br />

Meanwhile, put the cashews and stock cube into a bowl with 100ml<br />

boiling water, let the stock cube dissolve and the cashews soak for<br />

5 minutes.<br />

Put the mustard, nutritional yeast, the juice of both lemons and half the<br />

zest, and half the tin of butter beans into a high-speed blender along<br />

with the cashews and their soaking liquid. Blend until you have a smooth,<br />

creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.<br />

Pour the sauce over the drained pasta and veg, adding the last half of the<br />

butter beans. Stir to combine and top with a little extra lemon zest.<br />

Note: To make this nut-free, swap the cashews for sunflower seeds.<br />

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Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

Avocado toast with microgreens,<br />

pistachios, and parmesan<br />

The true origins of avocado toast may<br />

never be ascertained, but the nowubiquitous<br />

breakfast favourite appears to<br />

have started in Australia in 1993 when a<br />

Sydney chef put it on his menu. However,<br />

Southern Californians who grew up in<br />

the 1950s can attest to it being a part of<br />

their food world long before its global<br />

popularity. Today, the toast has gone<br />

well beyond the basic crushed avocado,<br />

salt, and pepper to just about anything a<br />

cook fancies. Pistachios, for one, make an<br />

excellent topping: colourful, flavourful, and<br />

crunchy. Some salty cheese and a sprinkle<br />

of microgreens are added here, but the<br />

only real limit is the creator’s imagination.<br />

You’ll need: 2 slices whole-grain bread;<br />

1 avocado; 1/4 tsp fine sea salt; 1/4 tsp<br />

freshly ground black pepper; 1/2 cup<br />

(15 g) microgreens; 1/3 cup (45 g)<br />

pistachios, coarsely chopped; 1/2 cup<br />

(55 g) shaved Parmesan cheese<br />

To make: Toast the bread slices in a toaster<br />

or toaster oven, then place each slice<br />

on a plate.<br />

With a sharp knife, cut the avocado in<br />

half. Carefully remove the pit, prying<br />

it away with the tip of the knife. With<br />

each avocado half still in its skin, cut it<br />

lengthwise into slices 12mm thick, being<br />

careful not to pierce the skin. Slide the<br />

knife between the flesh and the skin of<br />

an avocado half to remove the slices and<br />

arrange slices on a piece of toast. Repeat<br />

with the remaining avocado half, topping<br />

the second piece of toast.<br />

Sprinkle the avocado with the salt and<br />

pepper, followed by the microgreens and<br />

pistachios. Top with the cheese and serve.<br />

Variations:<br />

• Mashed avocado, pomegranate<br />

arils (seeds), crumbled feta cheese,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Mashed avocado, smoked salmon slices,<br />

capers, goat cheese, fresh dill sprigs,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, chopped hardcooked<br />

egg, bay shrimp, radish slices,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, cherry tomato halves,<br />

crisp bacon crumbles or slices, fresh<br />

marjoram leaves, chopped pistachios<br />

• Sliced avocado, tomato slices,<br />

burrata cheese, fresh basil leaves,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

avo<br />

&<br />

pistachio<br />

Pistachio - Savory and Sweet<br />

Recipes Inspired by World<br />

Cuisines by Barbara Bryant<br />

and Georgeanne Brennan is<br />

a celebration of the striking<br />

flavour of the jewel of nuts -<br />

with inspiration from Turkey,<br />

Iran, Afghanistan and North<br />

Africa to Italy, Greece, Spain<br />

and France. From simple grilled<br />

asparagus with sieved egg<br />

and pistachio oil vinaigrette, to<br />

lime cheesecake with pistachio<br />

crust, it’s dish after dish after<br />

dish with pistachios taking<br />

centre stage. Abrams, R755<br />

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all hair types, offering an array of indulgent treatments<br />

designed to nourish and revitalise tired tresses. From intense<br />

moisture treatments to keratin smoothing procedures<br />

or scalp rejuvenation therapies – their salons provide<br />

personalised solutions that help restore shine, strength,<br />

and manageability.<br />

But it’s not just about the hair – it’s about the whole<br />

package. They also offer an extensive range of services. From<br />

precision haircuts for men and women to creative colour<br />

transformations, to beauty treatments that will leave you<br />

feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Oh, and<br />

let's not forget the beautiful nails to finish off the look! Each<br />

service conducted using premium products renowned for<br />

their quality and effectiveness.<br />

Now, we know time is precious, so they've got efficiency<br />

down to a tee without ever skimping on quality. Without<br />

ever feeling rushed, their staff ensures each client receives<br />

VIP treatment throughout their salon experience.<br />

The team understands that every client is unique, so<br />

customer satisfaction is paramount. They believe in taking<br />

the time to listen to your preferences while offering<br />

professional advice tailored specifically for you. Apart from<br />

providing exceptional results, long-lasting relationships built<br />

on trust tops their list!<br />

At their salons, it's not just about getting a killer haircut<br />

or a flawless manicure … it's about the whole shebang.<br />

They strive to deliver an experience that's as exceptional<br />

as their styling skills. From the moment you walk into the<br />

second you leave; every detail is tailored for those who crave<br />

excellence in every aspect of their pampering journey.<br />

Get ready for an experience like no other. It's time to<br />

treat yourself – book your appointment today<br />

and let them work their magic.<br />

Pictured is owner Esther Dreyer, the<br />

heart and soul behind Exquisite Hair<br />

who is passionate about her team and<br />

clients alike, always promoting both to<br />

shine as their best selves.<br />

Exquisite Hair & Beauty Noordheuwel:<br />

010-449-9751. Exquisite Hair at<br />

The Verandah: 010-745-4910.<br />

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Look after your mind, body and soul at<br />

one of the amazing exclusive retreats<br />

planned at Sala Beach House on the<br />

KZN North Coast.<br />

In response to the significance of<br />

mental well-being in today’s fastpaced<br />

world and the 20<strong>24</strong> travel trend<br />

of transformative travel, this luxury<br />

boutique hotel - renowned for its<br />

breath-taking coastal location - has<br />

planned a couple of wellness retreats,<br />

providing an opportunity for individuals<br />

to retreat, recharge and refuel<br />

throughout the busy year ahead.<br />



Relax, recharge, reconnect!<br />

It’s all about unwinding and reconnecting<br />

with your inner self, the serenity of the<br />

coastal environment with tailored wellness<br />

programmes, daily practices overlooking<br />

the ocean ... such bliss.<br />

First up is the Disconnect to Reconnect<br />

Couples Retreat, where you and your<br />

partner will engage in harmonious duo<br />

yoga sessions, share romantic sunrise<br />

beach walks and meditations, and explore<br />

the depths of intimacy with an in-depth<br />

guided tantric workshop. This retreat is<br />

designed to disconnect you from the<br />

distractions of daily life and deepen your<br />

connection with your partner. Friday May<br />

31 to Sunday June 2.<br />

The Sala Spring Cleansing Retreat<br />

will focus on cleansing - emotionally<br />

and nutritionally - the lymphatics<br />

and digestive system. You’ll enjoy<br />

nutrient-rich and cleansing cuisine,<br />

revitalising yoga sessions, and<br />

an empowering holistic detox<br />

workshop. The intention of this<br />

spring cleanse is to facilitate a gentle<br />

natural detox through whole foods,<br />

herbs, daily lymphatic drainage<br />

exercises, nervous system regulation<br />

tools, breath-work and movement,<br />

as well as emotional and energetic<br />

clearing practices. It offers a unique<br />

opportunity to cleanse not only your body<br />

but also your mind and spirit reconnecting<br />

with nature through walks on the beach<br />

and potent meditations. Friday to Sunday<br />

September 20 to 22.<br />

Rates range from R11250 (single) R18000<br />

(double) for early bookings, which<br />

include retreat activities, two night’s<br />

accommodation, meals, soft drinks, tea<br />

and coffee. Bookings only directly through<br />

Thabile on email: stay@salabeach.co.za,<br />

rate code RETREAT. Details: salabeach.co.za<br />

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De-stress and revive while also hydrating your<br />

skin. This SOiL Relaxing Blended Oil - with<br />

lavender, ylang-ylang and geranium, can be used<br />

as a massage oil or a bath oil. R120 • Add a few<br />

drops of SOiL De-Stress Blend essential oil<br />

with grapefruit, clary sage, cypress and cedarwood<br />

to your ceramic aroma burner to ease tension<br />

and calm both body and mind. Essential oil blend<br />

R125, burner R150 from soil.co.za<br />

Let’s tackle that stress. The Aromatic Apothecary<br />

Aromatherapy Stress-Less range is designed for when your<br />

mind needs calming, your body requires balance, or you simply<br />

need a bit of soothing during a rough patch. There’s a spray,<br />

a roll-on and a rub-on lotion, a mini-roll and an inhaler - both perfect<br />

to pop into your bag, and a massage and bath oil. Gorgeous scent<br />

… all ginger, rosemary, peppermint and lavender. You can buy<br />

individually or in sets. From R69 from aromatic.co.za<br />


STRESS<br />

Stress, anxiety and depression have become a sign of our<br />

times. We have lived through a global pandemic with fears<br />

that more may follow. We continue to face global crises like<br />

climate change and war or threats of war in parts of the world<br />

that affect us all through our shared humanity and the global<br />

economy. Then there is the continuation of a modern, fastpaced,<br />

highly competitive lifestyle to contend with. How<br />

have your stress levels been lately? Maybe stress has left you<br />

feeling depleted and tired. Or maybe it has wired you up to feel<br />

moody and irritable. In Stress Less, Noa Belling shows how you<br />

can manage anxiety and stress, and access qualities like self<br />

worth, grounded confidence, inspiration and inner peace when<br />

faced with stress. Simon & Schuster, R470<br />

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PLANT<br />

your stress away<br />

Reduce anxiety by filling your home with house plants that help you to relax and regroup.<br />


One of the by-products of stress is tossing and turning at night. For energy<br />

to face the day, your body needs a sound night’s sleep so that it can rest<br />

and rejuvenate.<br />

Peace Lily and Sansevieria are bedroom plants that will improve your sleep<br />

environment and help you sleep better.<br />

Areca bamboo palm is a graceful<br />

indoor plant that fills a space without<br />

dominating it. It is also a natural<br />

humidifier. It likes bright, indirect<br />

light. Allow the soil to almost dry<br />

out between watering. In spring and<br />

summer, feed once a month with<br />

a nitrogen-based liquid fertiliser to<br />

encourage new leaves. Mist spray<br />

the leaves during very hot and dry<br />

weather. If the leaves become dusty,<br />

wipe them with a damp cloth; this<br />

keeps the pores open and maintains<br />

healthy leaves.<br />


Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) has<br />

luxurious foliage and a white flag<br />

flower that symbolises peace. It is<br />

prized for being an air purifying plant,<br />

able to filter unpleasant odours and<br />

produce oxygen. It can grow in low<br />

light but does better with medium<br />

light in a warm and humid room.<br />

Water once a week and supplement<br />

with a liquid fertiliser every now and<br />

then in summer.<br />

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Sansevieria releases oxygen at night<br />

when the temperature cools due to<br />

a unique photosynthesis action. This<br />

makes it one of the best air–cleaning<br />

plants and is especially suitable for<br />

the bedroom. It grows in low light<br />

as well as bright indirect light. Water<br />

sparingly, and only once the soil is dry<br />

as this plant doesn’t like to be over<br />

watered. It’s a very low maintenance<br />

plant that is ideal for beginners.


It has now been established that a colour<br />

can influence human emotions and our<br />

feeling of well-being. What happens is that<br />

sustained observation of a colour can affect the<br />

chemistry of the human body, and especially<br />

blood pressure.<br />

Stress-reducing green results from a balanced<br />

mixture of yellow and blue. The colour green is<br />

the least tiring for eyes and indoor plants come<br />

in so many different textures and shades of<br />

green that the effect is far from monotonous.<br />

Calathea is one of the most glamorous of<br />

foliage plants. Its multi-coloured leaves are<br />

striped or patterned and it always stands out as<br />

a feature plant. Calathea like a medium to welllit<br />

room, regular watering without waterlogging<br />

the soil, and a humid environment. Feed with<br />

a liquid fertiliser once a month during summer.<br />

Reduce watering in winter.<br />


Flowering plants are mood enhancers,<br />

and the brighter the flowers the better<br />

the mood.<br />

Zantedeschia, also known as Calla lilies,<br />

are guaranteed to cheer up the home<br />

with their vivid colours. Plants grown<br />

indoors can bloom for up to six weeks.<br />

Feed with a liquid fertiliser once a month<br />

and remove spent blooms to encourage<br />

new blooms. True to their tropical<br />

nature, these mini lilies flower best in a<br />

warm, bright room and can take some<br />

morning sun.<br />

The humble chrysanthemum is not so humble. It is a powerhouse of health,<br />

as it has been found to reduce indoor pollution, according to a study released<br />

by NASA. Find a spot that gets lots of bright light, near windows, or in a sunny<br />

room. Keep the soil moist. Should you forget to water them, and the soil dries<br />

out, place the pot in a bucket, or basin, with a few centimetres of water in it<br />

and let the plant absorb the water.<br />

Removing dead blooms, stems and leaves keeps the plant looking neat and<br />

fresh and lets newer buds and stems flourish.<br />

For more information visit www.lvgplant.co.za<br />

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An indulgent weekend<br />

in the KZN Midlands<br />

Meals created by a celeb chef. Sunrise yoga. Glorious gardens and fine wines<br />

and spa treatments. This isn’t your everyday weekend escape.<br />

Dinners created by celeb<br />

chef Pete Goffe-Wood<br />

Imagine. Luxurious accommodation. Exceptional meals by a<br />

celeb chef. Fine, fine wine tastings. Throw in award winning,<br />

breathtakingly beautiful gardens. Spa treatments. A helicopter<br />

flip. This, obviously, is not your common-or-garden-variety<br />

weekend away.<br />

Brahman Hills in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, is always a treat.<br />

But this promises to be something completely OTT indulgent.<br />

The Brahman Hills Experience is an exclusive weekend boasting<br />

an enchanting blend of experiences for guests seeking an<br />

extraordinary fusion of comfort, culinary excellence, artistic<br />

beauty, and thrilling adventures.<br />

Guests will indulge in exceptional dinners prepared by<br />

celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood, who says “This is going to be<br />

a magnificent culinary weekend! I’ll be putting together two<br />

fabulous dinners using the incredible produce straight from<br />

the property – all organic and sustainable, of course. I’m really<br />

passionate about celebrating ingredients, and I can’t wait to<br />

share that passion with Brahman Hills guests.”<br />

Along with dinners, there’ll be wine tastings from some of South<br />

Africa’s finest wine estates ... think Mullineux, L’Ormarins, Haute<br />

Cabriere and Bruce Jack Wines.<br />

You’ll also have the chance to explore the 26 distinct garden<br />

rooms on the property, as well as the unique art and sculptures<br />

in the guided garden and art walks by designer landscaper, Tim<br />

Steyn and art curator Tyron Selmon-Butler.<br />

For relaxation, there will be a Saturday sunrise yoga session, and<br />

an indulgent 90-minute spa treatment at the Healing Earth Spa.<br />

And for thrills ... a 15-minute heli ride over the five-and-a-half<br />

hectare, award-winning gardens.<br />

Rumour has it there’ll be a few national rugby icons on the<br />

weekend escape, so you’ll get to rub (very broad) shoulders with<br />

the sports stars.<br />

The Brahman Hills Experience has three packages – Platinum,<br />

Gold, and Silver – each tailored to cater to different preferences<br />

and budgets, all of which will include the accommodation,<br />

meals, non-alcoholic drinks, guided walks and yoga. Add ons (the<br />

heli flip and spa treatments) are available for the less expensive<br />

packages.<br />

The experience is from Friday to Sunday May 10 to 12, rates are<br />

from R8400 to R11500 a person, sharing, and bookings can be<br />

made on brahmanhills.co.za/events/the-brahman-hills-experience<br />

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Explore the gardens ... Brahman’s breathtakingly<br />

beautiful gardens have just scooped the<br />

esteemed Overseas Region Winner title in<br />

the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Partner<br />

Garden of the Year Competition!<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

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Spoil<br />

<strong>April</strong><br />

A bottle of<br />

Oscar de la Renta<br />

Bella Tropicale<br />

For a chance to win<br />

our Spoil, pop over to<br />

our Facebook or<br />

Instagram pages and<br />

follow the prompts.<br />

Entries close <strong>April</strong> 25.<br />

We’d buy this just to have the bottle front and centre on our dressing table.<br />

Too gorgeous for words. Luckily Bella Tropicale by Oscar de la Renta lives up to its<br />

looks ... a glorious floral fruity fragrance with notes of pineapple and coral reef, followed<br />

by ylang-ylang, orange blossom and coconut water, finishing with sea notes, musk,<br />

sandal and tonka bean. R1425 from DisChem.<br />

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is a Journey<br />

with a Destination<br />

Luxury Hotel | Spa Retreat | Cosmetic Surgery | Weight Loss<br />

Vivari, Refined Luxury Meets Holistic Healing.<br />

For more information:<br />

Call: 010 594 4100<br />

Email: info@vivarihotel.co.za<br />

www.vivarihotel.co.za<br />

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