Why I’ve stopped cooking with oil and maybe you should too

Yes I really don’t cook with oil anymore and I think you should stop cooking with oil too. You may think I’ve finally lost the plot, but please bear with me and just keep reading… I have been a promoter of cooking with olive oil and/or coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils. I promoted olive oil because it provides essential fatty acids, and coconut oil because it contains vitamin E and iron. However, when you study all oils critically, you will start to realise that they are essentially a refined ‘food’. Yep! just in the same way that white sugar, butter, and protein supplements are refined foods. If I’m still not making sense, that’s okay. I’ll start at the top… You need essential FATS in your diet Oils are not completely terrible. We women especially need good oil (fat) in our diets to keep our hormones balanced. Without enough body fat, you…

Natural Hair Care Regimen for Harmattan

A natural haircare regimen for winter or harmattan requires frequent deep conditioning and moisturising to prevent dryness and breakage.  Harmattan in tropical countries or winter in Western countries means two things for your hair: You can wear ‘out’ styles like Bantu knot-outs, twist-outs and braid-outs without worrying about humidity and frizz and; Your hair is more prone to breakage and dryness. Whether you choose to wear your hair in a protective style or flaunt it by wearing it out, you need a tailored hair care regimen to keep your hair keep your hair in good condition. A key rule during cold or dry weather is to deep condition and moisturise your hair very often. This will keep your hair moisturised and soft, and less prone to breakage. Winter/Harmattan is also the time to use heavy products because you hair will have no trouble soaking it all up. Note that you may need to moisturise you…

How to eat a nutritionally balanced Nigerian diet

Eating a balanced Nigerian diet nowadays is probably not as easy as it once was. The dramatic rise in fast-food outlets, and the increased availability of high-fat and high-sugar junk food means that many of us have diets that are less than ideal.  Many of us need to re-educate ourselves on what healthy eating is, and on how to use this knowledge to develop diets that contains the right balance of healthy foods. To eat a nutritionally balanced Nigerian diet, you need to eat the right kinds of foods in adequate proportions. But, what are the right kind of foods and what are the right proportions? Let’s figure it out! ****************************** You can eat a diet that provides the right amount of food, but if it is not providing you the correct amount of nutrients, you will not be benefitting much from it. You should therefore focus on ensuring that your diet is nutritionally balanced,…

5 conditions with similar symptoms to Malaria

Surely the diagnosis can’t be malaria (or typhoid) every single time? If you’re thinking the same thing then I can assure you a lot of people are. Would you like to know 10 other conditions with similar symptoms to malaria? If so, keep reading! I was having a conversation with a friend who has been ill for an unreasonable length of time. She was explaining to me that she wasn’t quite sure what was wrong with her. Basically, she’s been on antimalarials and antibiotics for the last two months, but neither of them seem to be working. Unfortunately, every time she goes back to her hospital, she’s told she has malaria and typhoid, and that she needs to keep taking her medication. Hmm! Does that scenario sound familiar? If your answer was yes, you’re not alone! How likely is it that 99% of ill people in Nigeria have either malaria or typhoid even when the prescribed medication…