What’s your Cadbury Dairy Milk flavour?

When you think of Cadbury Dairy Milk, you think of your childhood right? That’s what I thought. For me, it was always my favourite chocolate growing up, and that really hasn’t changed. When I lived overseas I often complained about the fact that the chocolate tasted different there and not the same as Cadbury Dairy Milk back home. First world problems indeed.

Cadbury Dairy Milk has just launched South Africa’s first Joy Generator. You read that correctly, this vending machine style activation will match chocolate fans with their perfect Cadbury Dairy Milk flavour! That is generating some serious joy right there! After you’ve discovered your perfect match, you can then share your joyous news straight from the Joy Generator with your friends on social media.

My Joyful flavour match is MADLY MINTY!

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This got me all sorts of excited because it is literally my favourite flavour since I can remember! It also is my character to a T, so it is super accurate.

Mint Crisp Madly Minty is an upbeat and bright character, who is highly unique and a slick charmer to boot. You are, of course, also super cool and you always have a fresh new take on things. (*Takes a bow)

 

I thought I would share some interesting facts about mint and how to add more mint to your life.

Mint helps with:

  • Proper digestion, cleansing and detoxification.
  • Calming effects for the skin, digestive system and body.
  • Antioxidant rich
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Helps maintain healthy skin.
  • Help alleviate nausea, headaches, and respiratory issues, especially those involving congestion.
  • Asthma suffers can find relief with regular use.
  • When applying mint in oil or lotion form it has a calming and cooling effect.
  • Mint is great as a anti-microbial and breath freshener.

 

Great ways to add mint to your diet:

  • Add mint to your fruit smoothies in the morning 
  • Add some mint leaves to your water bottle and keep refilling with water through the day
  • Add some mint to your oats with some chocolate protein powder
  • Add mint leaves to hot water and steep for 5-6 minutes

 

I decided to have some fun with my flavour and make two smoothies. One is a healthy version, and the other is a treat day version. Obviously the one with the Cadbury Dairy Milk in was the best 😉

 

Healthy mint smoothie

Cadbury Dairy Milk

1 frozen banana (You can add two for two people)
1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
1/4 avocado
1 tsp chia seeds
1.5 cups almond milk
1-2 tbsp organic cocoa powder to taste
2 cups greek yoghurt
8 pitted dates

Blend all in a nutribullet or blender and enjoy!

Cadbury Dairy Milk

 

 

Treat Day Cadbury Dairy Milk Milkshake

Cadbury Dairy Milk

8 tbsp vanilla frozen yoghurt
1 Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint Slab
1/2-1 cup almond milk depending on desired thickness

Blend in a nutribullet or blender and enjoy the minty goodness!
(This may become addictive as it is the best milkshake I have had in a long time)

Cadbury Dairy Milk

 

Do you want to find out your flavour? Head down to one of the malls below:
Rosebank mall 18-22 May
Maponya mall 25-29 May
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre 1-5 June
Gateway Theatre of Shopping 8-12 June
Canal Walk  15-19 June

Visit www.cadbury.co.za/flavourfavour for more info

Follow Cadbury on Twitter @Cadbury_SA using #WhatsYourFlavourSA and like their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CadburyDairyMilkSA

Cadbury Dairy Milk decided to spoil one lucky reader! 
I am giving away a Cadbury Dairy Milk hamper and an online shopping voucher worth R1000!

All you have to do is:

  • Follow @gijane_zn and @Cadbury_SA on Twitter.
  • Retweet the pinned tweet on my twitter account.
  • Hope for the best!

The winner will be announced via twitter on the 2nd of June 2016!

Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Cadbury bribed me with chocolate and I took the bait, naturally. I’m sure you would too 😉 This is my favourite sponsored post by far!

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We clap for you

So I’ve been struggling with something for a while, and it has come to a peak now and pushed me to start a new movement #WeClapForYou

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I was chatting to Natalie and Sarah on twitter last night and Natalie had just experienced the same thing. It makes you SO angry that people are so mean and can actually think this way.

When did it become ok to laugh and joke about other people at the gym?
When did it become ok to point and joke about the big girl working out?
When did it become ok to belittle them for being at the gym?
When did it become ok to question why they are there or even trying?
When did it become ok to judge someone when you have no idea about their life?
When did it become ok to laugh about that person and then post about it on social media?
When did it become ok to mock someone’s weight loss struggle and journey?
When did it become ok to be such a bitch?

I actually can’t believe the amount of people that will laugh, belittle, mock, point at and discourage overweight people at the gym, on the promenade and anywhere really. If someone is TRYING to change their life and their health, who are YOU to even question it? Leave the serious questions to us professionals who actually care about these people and their health. We actually ask deep questions that impact their psyche and health and why they are where they are. We don’t ask stupid questions like “Why are you even bothering?” Well they are bothering because they can, and they want to. People don’t ask you questions about why you can’t stop pulling duck face in pictures, so maybe its time for you to stop being a bitch.

The fact that someone has taken the time to drive to the gym, sit with the sales consultant, sign up, and then make the conscious decision to get up and get their ass to the gym, regardless of its size, is a feat in itself and commendable. 

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Who are you to make a mockery of that? You don’t know if they have cried in their car in the parking lot too afraid to walk in there for fear of people like YOU. You don’t know if they lost a loved one and have no family left so they ate their feelings until they literally didn’t recognise themselves anymore. You don’t know if they have battled and SURVIVED cancer and the cortisone and meds made them balloon to triple their size. You don’t know if she was physically battered by her husband and then ate to make him not want her anymore so he would leave her alone.

YOU. DON’T. KNOW. 

Stop being THAT person. Stop hating on people. Stop being a bully!
Show some love. Show some encouragement. Show some support!

When did it become cool to be mean? This is not a movie, this is not Mean Girls. It was funny because it was a movie, not real life. Stop making it real life.

So this is me, as a health and fitness professional, standing up for all of those people who have been laughed at, spoken about, pointed at and belittled for trying! For trying to lose weight, for trying to go to the gym, for trying to be a better version of themselves! If you sign up for a 5k, I will clap for you. If you are running on the promenade, I will clap for you. If you get to the gym, I will clap for you.
I am in AWE of you!

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I WILL CLAP FOR YOU

WE CLAP FOR YOU!

I hope you will too….

#WeClapForYou

 

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*If you were offended by this because you are that bitch, sorry not sorry*

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World kidney day

This week was World Kidney Day, and I thought it would be a good time to educate everyone about kidney stones! Two weeks ago I ended up in hospital because of them, it was NOT fun.

It started with pain in my back and in the front at the same time on the Wednesday around 10am. At first I thought maybe it was a kidney infection. I tried to get on with my day but ended up cancelling gym when the pain got worse. I stopped at the pharmacy and they gave me muscle relaxers, shame. I also got cranberry juice, shame. After trying to sleep for an hour I realised this was NOT getting better, even after a litre plus of cranberry juice. So I made an appointment with my doctor and waited the 4 hours until my appointment. I just got steadily worse, and my back was the most ridiculous pain I had ever felt. The doctor said it was either a kidney stone or kidney infection. She gave me antibiotics and pain killers and an ultrasound form in case it got worse and I needed to go straight to the hospital in the morning. As soon as I left the doctor’s office, about 50 metres down the road we had to pull over as I needed to throw up from the pain! I was so grateful we were in a big car and able to jump the pavement! We went straight to the chemist to get the pain killers and antibiotics, and again I was throwing up from pain.

I had never experienced this before.

Once home, I had to try eat something so I could take the pills. Success! However I was so nauseas I had to just try sleep. Unsuccessful. I then continued to throw up from the pain on average every hour for 12 hours. The pain was insane and I couldn’t keep the anti nausea tablets or pain killers down. It was horrendous. I tried to sleep upright, but basically I was just sitting upright in the dark, throwing up every so often. If I turned my head the wrong angel to the right, tickets, the bucket couldn’t come fast enough. At 5am I really couldn’t take the pain anymore, and I announced that I was going to shower and then needed to go to the hospital. Off we went, with the bucket in hand. The pain was the same and the nausea was as bad as ever. I made it to the hospital without incident, however, on walking in that streak was done. Shame that guy sitting in reception didn’t see that coming. Or the security guards 5 metres on. Or the admin clerks. Shame, they just pointed to the emergency room and said: “Go straight through!”

Luckily after that I managed to hold it in long enough to explain everything and get situated in a cubicle. I had a urine test, blood tests, and was given a drip for hydration and pain killers as well as nausea. Finally after 20 hours of pain I was finally able to have some relief. It was also nice not throwing up every few minutes as well. It was 6am and we would have to wait until 8am for the ultrasound department to open. So I dozed in and out of consciousness, for the first time in over 12 hours. It was such a welcome relief. At 8am I was wheeled off for my ultrasound. It showed my kidney was very swollen (I didn’t realise how badly until Saturday night reading my report, 1.8cm swollen!), and there were stones. That sealed the deal, I was admitted to the ward and would see the doctor for next plan of action. After a few more hours and drips and some lovely morphine (you know what I’m talking about), the doctor came and checked me out and gave me some meds that would help dissolve them a bit and expand the urethra as well. Then I was ordered a CT scan as well. That was meant to happen on the Thursday but for some reason the Urologist only got me into that Friday morning, which the physician wasn’t too happy with. He came back on Thursday afternoon and was shocked I hadn’t gone yet. He had the same reaction the following morning. So the rest of Thursday was spent on heavy medication for the nausea, pain, dehydration and swelling. I was pretty drowsy from all of the meds plus the morphine so I just slept as much as possible, in between having to unhook and use the toilet every hour or so. Obviously the key is to flush it out, so I was drinking water as well as the drip to flush it out. I was a bit over getting up I won’t lie!

 

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Not how I planned my Thursday

I had another blood test and was then briefed on what would be happening the next morning. I would be needing a fasting glucose blood test as well. Joys. I hate needles and blood tests on a good day, so after having three different needles in me that day, excluding the morphine jabs in my butt, I was a bit bruised and over it. So the next morning someone would come around 5am and draw blood, then I would drink glucose and someone would come back two hours later to draw blood again. I wasn’t happy about it but what can you do. After seeing my mom and Nick I tried to get some sleep. For some reason I felt SUPER nauseas again, so I put the bin between my legs and slept like that in case I needed it! I slept with the bed up at an angle so that the nausea wasn’t as bad. The nurse came in around 10pm and asked what was going on, I told her and she left it at that, probably happy I was saving her some cleaning! I let on and off ok enough. There were only three beds in my room, and only two of us. My roommate was a bed space away, but she was having overnight dialysis, so I heard that machine the whole night. It wasn’t terrible, and actually made me so grateful! Imagine having to have dialysis a few times a week. That was enough to convince me to drink even more the next day!

So classy

So classy

The never-ending drip

The never-ending drip

I was woken up at 5:20am for my blood test. She then gave me the glucose to drink. Shame, she wanted me to basically down it. Was not happening! For someone who doesn’t drink tea or coffee with sugar in it, this was ridiculously sweet. I was basically sipping it and pulling a face every time. She obviously had rounds to do as she kept prompting me to drink up! I got it down, eventually, and then the kicker. She explained that I will probably want to throw up, but I can’t, because then I’ll have to stay ANOTHER night and do the test all over the next day. Not keen on fasting again, I prepared myself. Well, there is no preparing for that. I really didn’t think it would happen to me, how silly I was! About 20 minutes in, the first wave came. She said to do whatever it takes to keep it down. Sounded harmless enough at the time! I must say, I haven’t needed to swallow it down before, but it happened THREE TIMES! I would be ashamed, but I feel like I took one for the team, and my medical aid, by swallowing that down three times! One of those times was when the night shift was changing over and at the end of my bed. I just kept my hand over my mouth and as they walked away I gave myself a little chat and swallowed that sucker down. I should mention that this was around 6am now and my back pain had returned around 5am. So I was nauseas from the pain AND the glucose. I then figured that if I have another morphine shot and get the pain to go away that nausea will follow and I’ll have a better chance of keeping it down! So I called the nurse and she gave me an almighty jab in my ass. This left a giant purple bruise for 6 days FYI. If you’ve ever had morphine you know that feeling when it comes over you. The nausea was gone and I was out for the count, thank goodness! Next minute the nurse is back at 7:20 to take the blood again. As soon as she woke me I was like “Take this quickly before I throw up!” She did. She also noted that I was already bruised from the 5am blood draw. Thats me. I bruise easily. I was so happy to have the last blood test done and I could finally eat breakfast and drink water! I had to stop drinking water at 9pm. After breakfast I flushed and flushed and flushed. I was happy to be pain free at this time as well. I had my CT scan at 10am and it was clear! After seeing the Urologist we deduced that it must have dissolved more and passed between 6am and 10am whilst on morphine. Praise the Lord! The pain before that was enough to convince me of choosing a c-section in the future. Even the doctor said its worse than child birth so choose wisely. I have made my decision thanks.

I don't heart you back

I don’t heart you back

Tea time

Tea time

I was finally released in the early evening and so happy to be home in my own bed! I had to keep taking anti inflammatories, flomax, pain killers and stomach cramps meds as well, but just being at home makes all the difference. I started consuming 2L of water and increased it to 2.6L over the weekend. I spent Saturday and Sunday in bed recovering as well. It’s amazing how tired something like this makes you! I went for my follow up on the Wednesday and all clear! I need to go back and see the physician this week and another CT in a month, but besides that I am all good!

So everyone has been asking me what causes kidney stones?

Kidney stones effect one in ten people in their lifetime.

  • Urine contains many dissolved minerals and salts. When your urine has high levels of these, you can form stones.
  • The most common type of  kidney stone, are calcium stones. There are two types: calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate. Calcium oxalate is by far the most common type of calcium stone. Some people have too much calcium in their urine, raising their risk of calcium stones. Even with normal amounts of calcium in the urine, calcium stones may form for other reasons. Oxalate is found naturally in many foods and it is a common misconception that cutting these foods from your diet will reduce the occurrence of calcium oxalate kidney stones. Most kidney stones are formed when oxalate binds to calcium while urine is produced by the kidneys. Rather than cut those foods, eat and drink calcium and oxalate-rich foods together during a mean. This allows oxalate and calcium to bind to each other in the stomach and intestines before heading to the kidneys, which in theory can prevent the stones from forming.
  • Most people think calcium causes kidney stones, when in fact a diet low in calcium can actually increase the risk of kidney stones. Rather cut back on the sodium in your diet and pair calcium-rich foods with oxalate-rich foods.
  • Uric acid stones are 5-10% of cases. Uric acid is a waste product that comes from chemical changes in the body. Uric acid crystals do not dissolve well in acidic urine and instead will form a uric acid stone. Having acidic urine may come from:
    • Being overweight
    • Chronic diarrhea
    • Type 2 diabetes (high blood sugar)
    • Gout
    • A diet that is high in animal protein and low in fruits and vegetables
  • Struvite stones are not a common type of stone. These stones are related to chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). Some bacteria make the urine less acidic and more basic or alkaline. Magnesium ammonium phosphate (struvite) stones form in alkaline urine. These stones are often large, with branches, and they often grow very fast. People who get chronic UTIs, such as those with long-term tubes in their kidneys or bladders, or people with poor bladder emptying due to neurologic disorders are at the highest risk for developing these stones.
  • Cystic stones are not very common at all. Cystine is an amino acid that is in certain foods; it is one of the building blocks of protein. Cystinuria (too much cystine in the urine) is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder. It is when the kidneys do not reabsorb cystine from the urine. When high amounts of cystine are in the urine, it causes stones to form. Cystine stones often start to form in childhood.
  • Dehydration due to sweating and not replenishing with water leads to less urination. The more you sweat, the less you urinate which lets stone-causing minerals settle and bond in the kidneys and urinary tract.
  • Passing a kidney stone is often described as one of the most painful experiences a person can have, and it is not always a one time thing. Studies have shown that having one greatly increases your chances of having another one. Listen to your doctor and make the changes they tell you.
  • Another common type of kidney stone is uric acid stones. Red meat, organ meats and shellfish have high concentrations of purines. These high levels of purines lead to a higher production of uric acid, producing a larger acid load for the kidneys to excrete. A higher uric acid excretion leads to a lower urine pH which means your urine is more acidic. With a high acid concentration of the urine, it is easier for uric acid stones to form. To prevent these, cut down on red meat, organ meats and shellfish. Follow a diet of mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grain, and low fat dairy products. Limit sugar in food and drinks as well as alcohol as it can increase uric acid levels in the blood. Crash diets can also increase uric acid levels.

 

A scary statistic from the NHS is that the number kidney stone cases have increased 115% in 10 years! An increase in obesity may be the cause for the increase of this, which can be mitigated by drinking enough water. Make sure you drink a lot of water, and eat healthily with good portions of fresh fruit and vegetables and limited salt and red meat.

 

I hope none of you have to experience this in your lifetime!

The nurses at Ethekwini heart hospital were INCREDIBLE. They were all so lovely and nice, and you can see they really love their job. If you know any from the 3rd floor give them a shout out for me!

 

Here is a great video showing what happens in your body CLICK

 

Have you ever had a kidney stone? Tell me about your experience, did you also wish for death?

 

 

 

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Monday Motivation 

Our Monday Motivation this week is quite fitting for our new 21 day challenge! In the next 21 days we are all going to have to take this advice. Go with the flow, not against it.

If you want something bad enough, you’ll fight for it. So go out there and fight for it. Don’t fight against it. Don’t make excuses. Don’t give yourself the leeway to wonder if you should do that workout today or have that coffee. If you set those goals, then go do it. Put the work in.

Your life is not a lottery. You make the decisions. You have the control. So stick to it!

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