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PRETORIA<br />

Happy spine,<br />

happy life,<br />

with Sindi<br />

Ludik-Opperman<br />

WIN!<br />

A bottle of<br />

Bella Tropicale<br />

Embrace<br />

fresh, clean<br />

beauty!<br />

Quick & easy<br />

vegan recipes<br />

THE FEEL<br />

GOOD ISSUE<br />

Build a better gut, plant your stress<br />

away and retreat to the North Coast<br />

SHOPPING, PEOPLE AND LIFESTYLE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD<br />

APRIL <strong>24</strong>


Sports<br />

Finding relief<br />

Page 26


CONTENTS<br />

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getitmagazine.co.za<br />

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Journalist Alanicka Lotriet<br />

Sales Manager<br />

Sajedah Ameer<br />

067 658 4933<br />

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THIS MONTH<br />

04 A line-up that’s pulling out all the stops<br />

06 Book Club ... adrenalin thumping reads<br />

08 Wish List ... buys to brighten up your day<br />

10 Social ... we’re talking tennis<br />

PEOPLE<br />

12 Chiropractor Dr Sindi Ludik-Opperman has got your back<br />

14 Meet Marentia van Kasterop, the ultimate health guru<br />

BEAUTY & HEALTH<br />

16 Freshen up with clean and bright beauty<br />

18 Top tips for a good gut<br />

20 Retreat, recharge and refuel<br />

21 Let’s tackle that stress<br />

FOOD<br />

22 Quick and easy go-to green meals<br />

23 Avolicious recipes to try<br />

GARDENING<br />

26 Plants to relieve stress<br />

TRAVEL<br />

30 Explore Braham Hills ... food, wine and gardens!<br />

WIN<br />

34 A bottle of floral fruity fragrance<br />

COVER PHOTO<br />

Photographer: Hilda Mans<br />

Make-up: Heidie Fourie<br />

Hair: Janine Lategan<br />

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APRIL <strong>24</strong><br />

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


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 />

A hot date!<br />

We’ve got a lineup that’s pulling out all the stops...<br />

05<br />

Get ready to dive into the laid-back vibes of the Capital Art Fair Tshwane!<br />

This event is your ticket to a chic, bohemian experience… a window<br />

into the art scene of the capital city, featuring local contemporary artists who<br />

are making waves both locally and globally. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or<br />

just looking for something unique to do, this event won’t disappoint. So go on<br />

down, collect some pieces from award-winning artists, and enjoy an artsy-fartsy<br />

weekend out. <strong>April</strong> 5 from 6pm, and <strong>April</strong> 6 and 7 from 10am at Central Square<br />

Menlyn Maine. Tickets from R100 from webtickets.co.za<br />

06<br />

This one’s for all the K-pop listeners! Hang out with elite K-pop stans, play<br />

some games and enjoy some delish food in the form of a picnic. Heck,<br />

you might be lucky and finally find that one photo card of your bias you’ve been<br />

looking for. So, take a friend or two, prepare some snacks to share with the gang<br />

and they’ll bring the games, music and the vibe! Free for all ages. 12pm to 4pm<br />

at Magnolia Dell Park. Free entry.<br />

06<br />

Ever wondered what it would be like to watch a movie under the stars<br />

surrounded by adorable dogs everywhere? Well, now’s your chance! Join<br />

Animal Ambulance for a special movie night. You get to choose a rescue dog<br />

to watch it with you. All proceeds go straight to these furry friends, so you can<br />

have a blast while supporting a great cause. R150 for a movie ticket, popcorn<br />

and raffle entry. R50 for a tent spot (maximum capacity of four) and R290 for<br />

a movie ticket, popcorn, raffle entry, and breakfast the next morning. All from<br />

quicket.co.za. From 5pm at Animal Ambulance in Murrayhill, <strong>Pretoria</strong>.<br />

13<br />

Join Nikon SA and awardwinning<br />

food photographer<br />

Roelene Prinsloo and food<br />

stylist Anna Montali for a food<br />

photography and food styling<br />

workshop. Roelene will discuss<br />

how you can use a strong technical<br />

foundation creatively in order to<br />

create striking pics. Anna will go into<br />

detail about food styling. Through<br />

examples and an easy-to-understand<br />

approach, they will connect the<br />

creative side of food photography<br />

and styling to the various technical<br />

settings that form a basis of<br />

these crafts. From 9am to 2pm at<br />

Premium House, Centurion. R600 per<br />

person from webtickets.co.za<br />

<strong>24</strong><br />

Roan Ash is coming to town<br />

and he’ll be paying soulful<br />

homage to his South African roots. Get<br />

ready for some heart-stirring country<br />

blues and tales of epic romance woven<br />

into his anthems. After nearly two years<br />

in the States, he’s gearing up to join the<br />

ranks of global poetic legends with his<br />

indelible voice. And now, he’s pumped<br />

to drop his latest track right here in<br />

his homeland where it all began.<br />

Don’t miss out on this homecoming<br />

gig! <strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> and 25 at the Atterbury<br />

Theatre. 7pm. Tickets from R280 per<br />

person from seatme.co.za<br />

30<br />

Consider your sense of<br />

style fashionable and eyecatching?<br />

Then you’ll love this<br />

totally unique Drip Station. An<br />

event aimed at bringing street<br />

fashion lovers together with love,<br />

joy and happiness in the midst of<br />

good music and chilled vibes. You’ll<br />

be sure to turn heads and leave a<br />

lasting impression after this one!<br />

From 10am at the Mogotsi Life Style<br />

and Entertainment located at 74<br />

Boundary Road in Akasia. R80 per<br />

person from webtickets.co.za<br />

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With 5 stars in the Platter’s 20<strong>24</strong> SA<br />

Wine Guide, this Le Riche Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon 2021 is the one to bring out<br />

for special celebrations. Fruit forward<br />

- delicious fresh black fruits, and firm<br />

tannins assist in creating a voluptuous,<br />

creamy mouthfeel which is balanced<br />

by a long, appetising finish. Enjoy<br />

with beef fillet with a cream and<br />

peppercorn sauce, or springbok<br />

ravioli with butternut. R330<br />

Baked in the oven,<br />

pan-fried, grilled or smoked.<br />

No matter how it is<br />

prepared, salmon is always<br />

delicious. And to take it<br />

to the next level ... serve<br />

with a glass of Muratie<br />

Isabella Chardonnay. This<br />

full-bodied, subtly oaked<br />

Chardonnay - with an<br />

enticing peach-blossom<br />

fragrance, ripe stone fruit,<br />

melon and citrus flavours<br />

with hints of hazelnuts<br />

and vanilla cream perfectly<br />

complements the richness<br />

of salmon. R280<br />

If your hot date’s at home this<br />

month, here are the wines to<br />

turn it from ho hum to wowza!<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

The exquisite next vintage of Cavalli Chardonnay 2023 has been<br />

released ... a burst of bright tropical flavours and delicate white stone<br />

fruit - zesty lime, tangy orange, and juicy nectarine with a tropical hint of<br />

pineapple and mango, along with a touch of delicate spice and vanilla<br />

and buttery brioche. R210<br />

The vegan-friendly Journey’s End V1<br />

Chardonnay 2022 is elegant, refined, with<br />

a gorgeous aromatic freshness (think citrus<br />

with vibrant lemon and lime notes and hints<br />

of floral orange blossom), and a silky smooth<br />

palate - with subtle coconut and peach<br />

notes. R195. From the same estate, the V3<br />

Shiraz 2020 is an easy-drinking wine with an<br />

expressive aromatic delivery of blackcurrants<br />

and violets with notes of white pepper and<br />

dried coriander. Generous oak aging in<br />

larger format barrels allowed the vineyard<br />

character to shine, with great natural acidity<br />

and a silky long-lasting finish. R218<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 05


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 party 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 collage 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 />

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> <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 alluring<br />

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

Pear and Calabrian Bergamot mixed with the<br />

aromatic freshness of Elemi, Rose Absolute and<br />

Plum Nectar, Italian Orris Butter and Pink Sugar,<br />

Cashmere Woods and Ambroxan. From R1299 from<br />

Edgars, Woolworths & Truworths.<br />

Create a happy<br />

corner ... sunshine<br />

mini vase, R185 from<br />

thehomequarter.co.za.<br />

And grow pansies!<br />

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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 />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>24</strong> Get It Magazine 09


Khensani Nkosi, Lehlohnolo Moloi, Gugu Nkosi<br />

Alta Smith, Annette du Plooy<br />

We’re<br />

talking<br />

tennis!<br />

We caught some tennis action<br />

at the WIPHOLD International<br />

Women’s Tennis Tournament<br />

... an all-female event that totally<br />

lived up to the hype. While we<br />

didn’t snag any gold medals,<br />

Isabella Kruger and Zoe Kruger<br />

gave it their all and came<br />

pretty close in the doubles final<br />

where they almost pulled off<br />

a win. The Kruger sisters faced<br />

tough competition from the<br />

Russian duo, Alina Charaeva<br />

and Ekaterina Reyngold. On<br />

the singles side, top seed Laura<br />

Pigossi from Brazil absolutely<br />

crushed it, taking down Hanne<br />

Wandewinkel from Belgium<br />

in a stylish final showdown.<br />

Details: tennissa.co.za<br />

Jannie Stockenström, Inge Stockenström, Nto Ndhlazi, Olona Peter<br />

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Chirs McCrate, CF McCrate<br />

Emmie Fourie, Philip Fourie<br />

Enaterina Shalimova, Anastasia Kovaleva<br />

Linda Trojanowski, Eddie Trojanowski<br />

Stephan Bredenhann, Armand Roets<br />

Naida Kroll, Letago Madiba<br />

Photos: ALANICKA LOTRIET<br />

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She’s got<br />

your back!<br />

Chiropractor Dr Sindi Ludik-Opperman chats about how she helps<br />

patients create a happier and healthier lifestyle, one vertebra at a time.<br />

Text: ALANICKA LOTRIET. • Photographer: HILDA MANS. • Make-up: HEIDIE FOURIE. • Hair: JANINE LATEGAN.<br />

Sindi-Ludik-Opperman practically<br />

grew up in the world of bones,<br />

muscles and joints ... because she’s<br />

always been active and, let’s be<br />

honest, prone to sports injuries. So<br />

regular visits to chiropractic and<br />

physiotherapy clinics were just part<br />

of her routine. And it was pretty<br />

much a given that she’d end up in<br />

the medical field.<br />

“I’ve always been fascinated with<br />

the human body and I’ve also had<br />

a strong desire to help others for as<br />

long as I can remember. Whether<br />

it was an injured friend at school, a<br />

team mate on the sports ground or<br />

a relative at home.”<br />

For the past 14 years, she’s been<br />

knee-deep in the world of<br />

chiropractic care, where the treating<br />

of aches, pains, creaks and strains<br />

take centre stage. And it was only<br />

a matter of time until she opened<br />

her own chiropractic clinic – the<br />

ORTHOlifestyle Centre.<br />

They are currently four chiropractors,<br />

a sports massage therapist,<br />

biokineticist and homeopath strong!<br />

Oh, and their trusty skeleton model,<br />

Adam! The centre also offers oxygen<br />

therapy, ice bath therapy, infrared<br />

sauna, compression therapy, taping<br />

and IV drips.<br />

Even though Sindi’s got a knack<br />

for treating babies and tots, they<br />

also help kids, adults, athletes,<br />

even animals. Like she always says,<br />

“If you’ve got a spine, we’ve got<br />

your back!”<br />

While most of us just see our bodies<br />

as, well, bodies, Sindi looks at them<br />

like they’re the most incredible<br />

structures made up of all kinds of<br />

cells, tissues and organs. And each<br />

of these parts has its own thing it’s<br />

good at doing. But what really blows<br />

her mind is how all these parts work<br />

together every day to keep us alive,<br />

kicking and feeling good.<br />

“A challenge a lot of patients face<br />

today is the excessive time spent at<br />

their desks. Poor ergonomics and<br />

postural positions are the leading<br />

cause for headaches, neck and back<br />

pain. We find it imperative to educate<br />

people to ensure they have a proper<br />

ergonomic set up and that they get<br />

up from their desks on a regular basis.<br />

“Your body sends out signals when<br />

something is wrong. A big mistake<br />

people make is to drink medication<br />

to numb these signs and symptoms<br />

or to think the problem will simply<br />

go away. The sooner the cause of a<br />

problem is identified and treated the<br />

better the prognosis.”<br />

When Sindi isn’t busy treating spines,<br />

you’ll find her spending time with<br />

her daughter, 8-year-old Milan and<br />

animal chiropractor hubby, Michiel.<br />

Add in some close fam and friends<br />

around the dinner table, and you’ll<br />

totally make her day!<br />

In fact, her home is her sanctuary<br />

– she just loves painting, interior<br />

decorating and listening to music.<br />

“But cooking”, she laughingly admits,<br />

“is not my strong suit. My favourite<br />

thing to make is a reservation!”<br />

Sindi’s also a bit OCD – or as she<br />

puts it, CDO (because it should be<br />

alphabetical). She finds her zen in<br />

cleaning, organising her closet by<br />

colour, and labelling absolutely<br />

everything with her trusty label<br />

maker. And, there’s nothing a good<br />

exercise sesh, and perhaps a cup of<br />

coffee, or 10!, can’t fix.<br />

In spite of this, she believes that life<br />

shouldn’t be taken too seriously. In<br />

fact, she regards her funny bone<br />

as one of her best features, adding<br />

that “laughter is indeed the best<br />

medicine”.<br />

What’s next for Dr Sindi? Well,<br />

she’s excited to announce that<br />

ORTHOlifestyle recently launched<br />

their own product line. Which will<br />

only add to an already amazing<br />

healing experience at the clinic.<br />

One thing’s for sure, this friendly<br />

doctor with a zest for life is<br />

passionate about many things, but<br />

to help you live a healthier life clearly<br />

tops her list.<br />

Details: ortholifestyle.co.za or visit<br />

ORTHOlifestyle on Facebook and Insta.<br />

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Sindi’s fave smoothie for muscle and joint health<br />

You’ll need: ½ Cup plain non-fat Greek yoghurt; 1 cup almond milk; 1 banana; 1<br />

cup strawberries; 1 Tbsp chia seeds; ½ tsp vanilla extract<br />

To make: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.<br />

Pour... and enjoy! You can also add a scoop of collagen powder and 1 Tbsp<br />

flaxseed oil and/or probiotic<br />

Sindi’s top chiropractic tips<br />

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BODY<br />

WEIGHT. Obesity frequently<br />

contributes to soft tissue damage and<br />

osteoarthritis - a progressive ‘wearand-tear’<br />

disease of the joints. The<br />

impact of obesity is especially felt in<br />

weight bearing joints such as the hip<br />

and knee joints.<br />

FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET. Include<br />

foods containing Calcium (for<br />

increased bone density), Magnesium<br />

(for muscle spasm and pain) and<br />

Omega-3 (to reduce inflammation<br />

and pain)<br />

TAKE A JOINT FORMULA OR<br />

COLLAGEN SUPPLEMENT<br />

AND VITAMIN D. A joint formula<br />

containing chondroitin and<br />

glucosamine provides support for<br />

normal and healthy joint function.<br />

Collagen is rich in amino acids for<br />

healthy joint cartilage. Vitamin D<br />

reduces inflammation, modulate<br />

processes such as cell growth,<br />

neuromuscular and immune function,<br />

and glucose metabolism.<br />

EXERCISE THERAPY should be<br />

a combination of cardiovascular<br />

exercise, resistance and weight<br />

training. Cardiovascular exercise<br />

improves metabolism and weight loss,<br />

reduces stress and anxiety, improves<br />

sleep, increases stamina and reduces<br />

the risk of chronic diseases. Resistance<br />

and weight training improves muscle<br />

strength and bone density<br />

STRETCH. Stretching keeps your<br />

muscles flexible, strong, and healthy<br />

and we need that flexibility to<br />

maintain range of motion in the joints<br />

DRINK ENOUGH WATER. Water is a<br />

component of synovial fluid, which<br />

lubricates and cushions the joints and<br />

cartilage. It also helps cartilage keep<br />

its sponginess.<br />

ENSURE YOUR MATTRESS<br />

AND PILLOW OFFER ENOUGH<br />

SUPPORT. I recommend that<br />

patients sleep on their sides. A good<br />

pillow and mattress support the body<br />

by keeping your shoulders, hips,<br />

knees and spine aligned. This reduces<br />

strain on the body and allows you to<br />

relax and rest comfortably.<br />

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Dishing up nutrition<br />

Meet Marentia van Kasterop, a well-being enthusiast who’s diving headfirst into<br />

the world of nutrition. For her, it’s not just about fuelling up – it’s about unlocking<br />

a vibrant lifestyle where feeling good is the name of the game.<br />

Text: ALANICKA LOTRIET. Image: DEURILENS PHOTOGRAPHY.<br />

Driven by the desire to make a real impact, Marentia van<br />

Kasterop kissed the corporate scene goodbye after many<br />

decades for a more fulfilling journey. And now, she’s all<br />

about the well-being of others.<br />

“The best part about being a health coach is witnessing<br />

the joy and happiness that emanates from my clients as<br />

they progress along their path towards a better life. It’s<br />

immensely fulfilling to be a part of their journey, supporting<br />

and guiding them towards positive transformations.”<br />

Her passion for health and nutrition was sparked at an early<br />

age, thanks to her mom’s wholesome cooking. Her mom,<br />

consistently mindful of her weight and family’s overall wellbeing,<br />

instilled in Marentia a health-conscious mindset.<br />

As her journey progressed, it was the understanding that<br />

many chronic diseases are not only preventable but also<br />

reversible that kept her captivated.<br />

“The wonder lies in the fact that our bodies can truly<br />

heal itself when given the opportunity to do so. The<br />

transformative potential that emerges when someone<br />

wholeheartedly commits to altering what might initially<br />

seem like a life sentence through a shift in lifestyle, is<br />

simply amazing.<br />

“I can testify to the significant shift it brought to me, and my<br />

husband André’s lives. We started out with a more active<br />

routine and a vegetarian diet. Later on, we delved even<br />

deeper into alternative options, which lead to a whole-food,<br />

plant-based approach. The holistic benefits of embracing<br />

a such a lifestyle have not only been visible in our physical<br />

well-being but have also positively impacted various other<br />

aspects of our lives.”<br />

Now, Marentia’s not saying that you should ditch the meat<br />

and other animal products from the word go. But, laying off<br />

the highly processed food-like substances that offer little to<br />

no nutritional value might be a good start.<br />

She’s a firm believer that small changes can yield significant<br />

results, and she’s dedicated to guiding others on their<br />

journey to better health and well-being. And it made sense<br />

for her and her husband to open their own health coaching<br />

business - Blizz Lifestyle Consulting.<br />

“Our health coaching services are designed to<br />

accommodate the diverse needs and preferences of our<br />

clients. We offer various programmes and strategies that<br />

align best with each of their individual needs.<br />

“My mission is to equip clients with the tools, knowledge,<br />

and continuous support essential for making sustainable<br />

and positive changes in their lives. Whether it’s through our<br />

structured programmes or ongoing maintenance.”<br />

Staying true to a healthy lifestyle in every sense of the word,<br />

Marentia also established the Blizz Athletics Club about a<br />

decade ago. From group runs to outdoor adventures, the<br />

club is all about being a supportive environment where<br />

members can pursue their fitness goals while enjoying the<br />

camaraderie of other like-minded people.<br />

To Marentia, it’s never too late to embrace a healthier<br />

lifestyle. Positive changes can happen at any age,<br />

enhancing overall health and quality of life. With<br />

determination and commitment, Marentia believes that<br />

anyone can transform their health and well-being, one<br />

step at a time. We take a closer look at some of Marentia’s<br />

health antics…<br />

Details: Follow @Blizz Lifestyle Consulting on Insta and<br />

Facebook or visit blizzlife.co.za<br />

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What does healthy living mean to you?<br />

To me, the term healthy extends beyond merely the absence<br />

of illness. It encompasses a holistic perspective, embracing<br />

the ability to live life to its fullest. It goes beyond the physical<br />

aspect - it’s about having the energy and mobility to engage<br />

actively in various aspects of life. It involves a state of wellbeing<br />

that empowers individuals not just to exist but to<br />

thrive, enabling them to fully participate in and enjoy the<br />

richness of life’s experiences.<br />

Your golden rule when it comes to eating?<br />

Incorporate raw elements into every meal. For instance,<br />

having a salad before lunch and dinner or including fruits<br />

and raw nuts with breakfast. This approach ensures a<br />

balance in the intake of raw and cooked foods, providing<br />

a variety of nutrients and promoting a wholesome and<br />

nutritious eating plan.<br />

When should someone consider seeing you?<br />

When they become aware of experiencing health issues and<br />

recognize the need for expert guidance. However, it’s worth<br />

emphasising that prevention is a proactive approach. And, if<br />

someone wishes to reassess their current lifestyle to identify<br />

areas for improvement.<br />

What’s the best thing someone can eat?<br />

The optimal choice would be a diet centred around whole,<br />

plant-based foods that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables,<br />

grains, and legumes which provides a rich spectrum of<br />

essential nutrients. This approach not only supports overall<br />

health but also aligns with the principles of sustainable and<br />

mindful eating.<br />

The secret to a fulfilling life?<br />

The key to a vibrant and fulfilling life lies in discovering<br />

your WHY … uncovering your purpose or mission in life.<br />

Identifying the driving force that moves you forward and<br />

gives your life meaning can be transformative. It provides<br />

a guiding light, shaping your decisions, actions, and overall<br />

outlook. This pursuit of purpose is a journey that can infuse<br />

every aspect of life with vitality and satisfaction, creating a<br />

foundation for a truly fulfilling and enriched existence.<br />

Your ultimate secret indulgence?<br />

The rich and decadent taste of dark chocolate adds a touch<br />

of indulgence to my routine, allowing for a mindful and<br />

enjoyable occasional treat.<br />

One goal you’re never giving up on?<br />

Empowering as many individuals as I can to reclaim<br />

authority over their health and well-being. In today’s society,<br />

there’s a concerning trend of people becoming overly reliant<br />

on pharmaceuticals to resolve their health issues, often<br />

leading to the emergence of new problems. My mission is<br />

to challenge this complacency and encourage individuals to<br />

take proactive steps towards managing their health naturally<br />

and holistically.<br />

One message to our readers?<br />

Prioritise looking after yourself. By doing so, you ensure that<br />

you are in the best possible condition to cherish moments<br />

with your loved ones and be fully present for them. Self-care<br />

is not only an investment in your own well-being but also a<br />

means to enhance the quality of your relationships and the<br />

joy you share with those closest to you.<br />

Five superfoods to include in your diet<br />

Including these superfoods in your diet offers a diverse<br />

range of nutrients and health benefits, contributing to a<br />

well-rounded and nourishing approach to eating.<br />

1<br />

Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, and<br />

Swiss chard, are rich in vitamins, minerals, and<br />

antioxidants. They contribute to overall health,<br />

supporting immune function and providing essential<br />

nutrients for optimal well-being.<br />

2<br />

Legumes, including beans, lentils, and chickpeas,<br />

are excellent sources of plant-based protein, fibre,<br />

and various vitamins and minerals. They promote<br />

heart health, aid digestion, and contribute to sustained<br />

energy levels.<br />

3<br />

Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse,<br />

high in fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants. They<br />

offer a slow-releasing energy source, support<br />

gut health, and provide essential nutrients for skin and<br />

eye health.<br />

4<br />

Mushrooms are not only a versatile culinary<br />

ingredient but also packed with nutrients. They<br />

contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals,<br />

supporting immune function and overall health. Certain<br />

types of mushrooms, like shiitake, may have additional<br />

immune-boosting properties.<br />

5<br />

Allium vegetables, including garlic, onions, and<br />

leeks, are known for their immune-boosting<br />

and anti-inflammatory properties. They contain<br />

sulphur compounds that contribute to cardiovascular<br />

health and support the body’s natural defences.<br />

Marentia’s fave go-to recipe…<br />

An Ikarian longevity stew with black eyed peas!<br />

The perfect recipe from the Blue Zones region of Ikaria<br />

for a rainy day (or any day, for that matter). It’s also ideal<br />

for anyone following the Mediterranean diet.<br />

You’ll need: 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil; 1 large red<br />

onion, finely chopped; 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped;<br />

1 fennel bulb; 1 cup black eyed peas (with dried peas,<br />

bring to a boil, boil for 1 minute, remove from heat,<br />

cover and let sit for an hour. Drain, rinse, and use); 1<br />

large, firm ripe tomato, finely chopped; 2 tsp tomato<br />

paste, diluted in ¼ cup water; 2 bay leaves; salt to taste;<br />

1 bunch dill, finely chopped<br />

To make: Heat the olive oil over medium heat and cook<br />

the onion, garlic, and fennel bulb stirring occasionally,<br />

until soft (about 12 minutes). Add the black-eyed peas<br />

and toss to coat in the oil.<br />

Add the tomato, tomato paste and enough water to<br />

cover the beans by about an inch. Add the bay leaves.<br />

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the blackeyed<br />

peas are about half way cooked. (Check after 40<br />

minutes, but it may take over an hour.)<br />

Add the chopped dill and season with salt. Continue<br />

cooking until the black-eyed peas are tender. Remove<br />

from heat and serve with brown rice or quinoa.<br />

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


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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 />

buff away dead skin cells for softer and<br />

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

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


NURTURING YOUR GUT<br />

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 />

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

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

EMBRACE PLANT-BASED FOODS<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 />

SUPERCHARGE WITH SUPERFOODS<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 />

PREBIOTICS FOR GUT NOURISHMENT<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 />

SUPPLEMENT WISELY<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 />

STAY HYDRATED<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 />

FOODS TO AVOID<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 a 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 />

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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> <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 />

MY GO-TO GREEN PASTA<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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CREAMY LEEK, SPINACH & BUTTER BEAN BOWLS<br />

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 />

LEMONY PEA AND BROCCOLI PASTA<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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making. It really couldn’t be easier!<br />

So, no matter what you’re planning<br />

for your next meal always add an avo;<br />

whether on the side, on top or inside<br />

– green-skinned or dark-skinned – for<br />

double the deliciousness!<br />

Health facts<br />

The best thing about avos is that<br />

they are all:<br />

• High in energy<br />

• High in heart healthy fats<br />

• High in vitamin K<br />

• High in biotin<br />

• Cholesterol free<br />

• Sodium free<br />

• A source of fibre<br />

Avocados can form part of a<br />

successful energy-controlled diet for<br />

weight management. The healthy<br />

monounsaturated fats found in<br />

avocados give a feeling of fullness,<br />

which reduces the temptation to<br />

overeat or binge on less healthy foods.<br />

Sushi Bagels recipe that is load shedding friendly<br />

Serves 4, preparation time 25 minutes<br />

Ingredients: 120g packet smoked trout/salmon ribbons, 4 bagels, cut in half<br />

horizontally, 2 avocados, peeled, ½ cucumber, 12 slices pickled ginger, 5ml (1 tsp)<br />

wasabi (optional), Squeeze of lemon juice, to taste, Salt and pepper, 10ml (2 tsp)<br />

sesame seeds (black and/or white)<br />

Method: Trim and wrap 3 trout/salmon ribbons around one of the bagel tops.<br />

Use a vegetable peeler to shave 3 long avo strips and 3 cucumber strips and<br />

wrap around the bagel top. Add 3 slices of ginger. Repeat with the remaining<br />

bagel tops.<br />

Mash all the remaining avo with the wasabi, if using, and lemon juice. Season<br />

with salt and pepper. Use the smashed avo as a little ‘glue’ to stick the sesame<br />

seeds onto the bagel tops.<br />

Spread the mashed avo onto the bottom halves of the bagels and sandwich<br />

together with the tops.<br />

For further information and avo<br />

recipes, visit www.avocado.co.za, like<br />

@iloveavocadoSA on Facebook and<br />

follow @iloveavosSA on Instagram.


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 this 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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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 />

WELLNESS<br />

RETREATS<br />

Relax, recharge, reconnect!<br />

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

with your inner selves, 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 />

includes 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 aromoa 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 />

MANAGING<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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Ouch!<br />

Finding relief for strains, sprains & stiffness


We all know exercising is essential for<br />

our well-being. But those workouts or<br />

walks, runs or cycles sometimes bring<br />

on the aches and pains. Strains and<br />

sprains, stiffness and soreness ... which<br />

can range from being uncomfortable<br />

to being completely debilitating.<br />

Biokineticist Kevin Oliver says, “One of<br />

the main concerns that we see in our<br />

practice with people who are living<br />

active lifestyles is time constraints.<br />

They are under pressure to fit in their<br />

exercise or sports routine with busy<br />

work, family and social life. One of<br />

my top tips is for people to take<br />

10 minutes before they start their<br />

workout to do some preparation work<br />

that will involve some fascial release.<br />

Fascia tissue occurs throughout<br />

the body stabilising all muscles and<br />

tendons, ligaments and bones in<br />

the body. You can invest in fascial<br />

mobility tools such as a roller to warm<br />

up areas that you are going to use in<br />

your upcoming exercise routine. You<br />

can also include quick active mobility<br />

drills that prepare the neuro-muscular<br />

system for activity. So, this might<br />

include leg swings if you are going<br />

to be running or arm swings and<br />

rotations if you’re going to be playing<br />

golf. It helps to get professional advice<br />

to work out an efficient routine that is<br />

tailored to the exercise that is going to<br />

follow. A post-workout routine is also<br />

important. This would involve some<br />

passive stretches just to counteract<br />

any of the potential shortening of the<br />

muscle tissues which are linked to your<br />

joints. These simple, targeted routines<br />

will help to keep the body mobile and<br />

ready for action.”<br />

He goes on to help us understand<br />

inflammation in sports injuries.<br />

Inflammation is the body's natural<br />

response to injury or trauma, and<br />

many sports injuries - including sprains,<br />

strains, fractures, and tendonitis -<br />

involve inflammation, characterised by<br />

swelling, pain, heat, redness, and loss<br />

of function. Managing inflammation<br />

is essential to avoid a prolonged<br />

or chronic inflammatory state, to<br />

reduce pain and restore functionality.<br />

Conventional treatments may include<br />

non-steroidal anti-inflammatory<br />

drugs and corticosteroid medications.<br />

However, many people pursuing<br />

healthy lifestyles prefer natural and<br />

holistic solutions that are free from<br />

side-effects.<br />

Kevin says, “Inflammation is a natural<br />

response to the stresses that we<br />

put our bodies through. Preparation<br />

and strengthening routines can<br />

help to improve the resilience of<br />

the body and reduce incidents of<br />

inflammation. Ensuring that you<br />

have sufficient mobility and stability<br />

to undertake your chosen physical<br />

activitie is crucial.<br />

“You also must consider whether<br />

inflammation is local or systemic.<br />

To mitigate against systemic<br />

inflammation, you have to take into<br />

account hydration and nutrition.<br />

Reducing and avoiding refined<br />

sugars and alcohol improves the<br />

management of inflammation.<br />

To treat local inflammation after<br />

exercise, you want to look at solutions<br />

such as ice baths and topical remedies<br />

that can be applied to the specific<br />

area. The main reason to reduce<br />

inflammation is often to ensure you<br />

don’t miss out on your next workout<br />

but remember that inflammation is<br />

an immune response to promote<br />

healing and you don’t want to skip<br />

out on getting sufficient rest after<br />

workouts that have been stressful to<br />

the body. So, give your body time to<br />

do its healing work, especially if you<br />

want to avoid using anti-inflammatory<br />

medications. There needs to be some<br />

time-out from intensive exercise, and<br />

you can include active recovery such<br />

as a day when you do some gentle<br />

walking or swimming rather than a<br />

workout. This will ensure that you are<br />

adequately recovered and ready to<br />

take on your next exercise session.”<br />

Nature’s anti-inflammatories<br />

If you prefer to go the natural route, there are plenty of plants with anti-inflammatory<br />

properties - peppermint, rosemary, ginger and eucalyptus are a few. The Aromatic<br />

Apothecary Sport range includes roll-on, spray on and rub-on products that can be<br />

frequently applied on-the-go and provide quick relief throughout the day. The Sport<br />

Roll-on Relief is gel-based, and the roll-on applicator not only<br />

delivers active ingredients that are quickly absorbed into the sore<br />

muscle or joint, but it’s also a mini-massage. The Sport Spray-on<br />

Relief is a water-based solution, so perfect for larger, sore areas,<br />

such as an entire foot or shoulder, with no massage necessary so<br />

no sticky or oily hands. And the Sport Rub-on Relief is an easily<br />

absorbed cream that needs just a brief rub into sore muscles and<br />

joints for targeted<br />

relief. There’s also<br />

a massage oil, and<br />

the magnificently<br />

effective Sport<br />

Mustard Milk<br />

Soak Bath<br />

Crystals. Prices<br />

from R119 from<br />

aromatic.co.za<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 />

PEACEFUL SLEEP<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 />

Text: ALICE COETZEE<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.


THE POWER OF GREEN<br />

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

influence human emotions and our feeling of wellbeing.<br />

What happens is that sustained observation<br />

of a colour can affect the chemistry of the human<br />

body, and especially blood pressure.<br />

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

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

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

many different textures and shades of green that<br />

the effect is far from monotonous.<br />

Monstera adansonii is a smaller, and slower<br />

growing version of Delicious Monster. Use it in a<br />

hanging basket, to trail up a staircase or just as a<br />

feature in a pot.<br />

Being a tropical plant, it needs a warm, humid room,<br />

and bright indirect light but not sun. Water once a<br />

week. Do not let the soil dry out but keep it slightly<br />

moist. Feed monthly with a liquid fertiliser at half<br />

strength in spring and summer.<br />

BLOOMING COLOUR<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 />

Pot Begonias also provide long-lasting indoor flowers. The large blooms<br />

with their frilled petals come in such a huge range of colours that it is<br />

almost impossible not to find a colour that will either stand out or tone in<br />

with your home’s colour scheme. Make sure they receive good light in a<br />

bright room, but not direct sunlight. Water directly onto the soil, keeping<br />

the leaves dry. Keep the soil lightly moist, but not soggy otherwise the<br />

roots will rot. 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<br />

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

expensive 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<br />

breathtakingly beautiful gardens have just<br />

scooped the esteemed Overseas Region Winner<br />

title in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)<br />

Partner 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 page 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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