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It is that time of the year when we at SG Mobility fill shoeboxes with
something special to make Christmas an unforgettable time for less
fortunate children. We are happy to share this joy with little angels to fulfil
ENRICHING OUR MINDS
WELCOME TO OUR SPRING ISSUE
5 TIPS TO SPEND YOUR MONEY
Create a list and stick to it-
Make sure you do not over spend
and save for an emergency.
Stick to a budget- Spending on
unnecessary things will drain
your pocket. Keep calm, it’s your
Compare online prices to have
options- Online prices simplify
shopping hours to save time.
Remember to not follow scams
when using your credit card.
Be card wise- If you decide to
use your credit card, make sure to
pay it off in time. Holiday
purchases can push you to debt
Play it safe- One of the worst
ways to lose money during the
holidays is theft. Don’t carry
more than one credit card, in case
your wallet or purse is lost or
stolen. Don’t leave packages,
laptops or cellphones visible on
your back or front seat
Super Park , Warehouse A
Corner of Brollo & Barbara Road, Isando, Gauteng 1460
Gifts for the little angels from
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
If at your current weight your daily energy requirement is for example
1800 kcal and you want to “diet” you would likely reduce your calorie
intake to 1500 kcal per day, causing a deficit of 300 kcal per day. Now
you lose weight. As you lose weight your daily energy requirement
decreases. By losing a few kilograms you reach a stage where your daily
requirement is now 1500 kcal. To lose further weight you need to further
reduce your intake to even lower levels….. This becomes a problem since
there is a limit to which you could reduce your daily energy intake and
still stay alive. It presents a problem in that calorie restricted dieting
increases your efficiency of burning food. If you now eat slightly more
food, such as a cheat day, it is absorbed more efficiently and the weight
simply pops back.
In the above example the diet would also become even more restricted in
nutrients, increasing the biochemical stress on the body and placing the
body under more strain. This scenario has significant implications when
you eat slightly more after dieting, to the point of adjusting your body’s
set point and making it more difficult to lose weight in the future. Every
time you go on a diet the problem becomes greater, creating a yo-yo
dieting curve which could become harmful to your endocrine system.
Losing weight should not be difficult, but going on “diets” is not the
answer. We all know it, we have all tried it and all of them have failed.
Dieting is when hope triumphs over experience and we lose sight of what
is really important.
Experience taught us that losing weight happens when the body allows
the release of stored reserves from excess demand for the stored energy.
Creating demand for energy should be from physical activity and not
from dieting. In this lies the first key principle. Energy deficit or calorie
restriction implies increasing the demand for energy through physical
activity and not through dietary restraints.
Physical activity is the most effective way to normalise insulin action and
to create a healthy energy deficit. In combination with a high nutrient,
balanced diet, weight loss becomes a natural process once the body
receives sufficient nutrients and you burn calories through exercise
while managing stress and sleep.
This is the second key principle. Your diet must be a balanced diet at an
energy level customised to your specific requirements. There is a
significant amount of clinical evidence to demonstrate that not any
specific diet, being it Mediterranean or Paleo or whatever, that really
makes a difference. The key is clinically been proven to rely on the
nutrient density of the diet in combination with physical activity.
Part 2 continued on the next issue
The third key principle is that our ultimate objective is not weight loss but
Health is not the simple avoidance of disease but living optimally of which a
normalised, healthy weight is important, but certainly not the only objective.
Any campaign, any diet, any advice you receive that are purely focused on
weight loss must be avoided. Anybody giving you dietary advice must be
able to provide you with a nutrient index of the diet, illustrating the nutrient
density of the diet against your specific nutrient requirement; if they can’t
do this do not follow the diet.
The question is: Am I then simply wasting my time trying to eat healthy?
No!! The exact opposite.
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each
other. – Burton Hillis
The one article everybody should
read on weight loss
Dieting will always be an emotional topic and from time to time we
need to step back and create some perspective on weight loss.
Firstly, weight loss is not the opposite of weight gain.
Some people believe that if I gained weight from eating, then I should lose
weight from simply eating less. This is not true. The processes involved in
storing weight versus the processes required to release weight are very
different and simply eating less is not necessarily the answer.
Weight gain is part of the human genetic code in protecting us from
starvation. Our genes were designed over millions of years during which
food was scares and we lived very different, active lives. Our stress was
not the same as today and our days were governed by sun light and
During this time we had to seek food and store food during times of
abundance in preparation for the lean, cold, winter months. Several
signalling mechanisms within our brain as well as cell level read the
external environmental changes and make adjustments within or body to
compensate and protect us against environmental changes.
Weight gain was designed as a protective measure.
For weight loss to occur the body must experience no perceived stress.
Only if our body receives the message that there is no future risk, only
then will it start releasing stored reserves. This stress is not only
emotional and physical stress, but biochemical stress.
And this is why diets generally don’t work in the long run. Diets are not
effective for as long as your body is under any form of perceived stress.
The number one stress within our modern society is the absolute lack of
nutrients in our food, combined with the consumption of foods that take
nutrients out of the body, called anti-nutrient foods.
Going on a calorie and food restricted diet only aggravates this situation,
leading to further nutrient depletion, which further increases the
biochemical stress on your body and further limit weight loss. Any
restricted diet, giving preference to specific foods in an unbalanced ration
to other foods will induce an unbalanced nutrient load on the body and
cause bio-chemical tress.
Restricted diets further cause the metabolic efficiency of the body to
increase. This is a problem, as illustrated by the following example.
ISSUE #6NOV/DEC 2014
EDITOR’s MESSAGE: Before we celebrate the
New Year, let us celebrate the new person that
you have become.
Have you ever wondered why people’s goals fade? Why we keep
procrastinating our duties and lose track of following certain plans?
We are afraid to try new things which may be our frame of
Let’s take it back to the drawing board. Look back on the past two
years - were you part of the winning team or the loosing team?
“How so?” one may ask.
Planning realistic goals for a purpose is the method of
tolerance for change
Taking ownership to develop something that will enhance
an individual to grow, that is a method of finding your voice
Striving to be a better person than who you were yesterday
is a method of moving on from your comfort zone
Learning to face the fear of failure because the word fail
means First attempt in learning, this is the method of finding
I'd like for the young people, and older ones, too, who don't count
themselves as readers, to know the joy of reading and what it does to
enrich your life in so many ways.
I assure you that you will never go wrong again if you follow this
method of winners as we celebrate together the Year 2015 with a
new optimistic attitude within ourselves. Wishing you and your
family a wonderful holiday season.
We have a book club in IsiZulu language. You are all welcome to
borrow them and teach the young ones.
Best Regards: Thandeka Songo Chief Editor
BLESSED IS THE SEASON WHICH ENGAGES THE WHOLE WORLD IN A CONSPIRACY
OF LOVE – WRIGHT MABIE
When you open a new book, the pages are blank. Life is just like
that blank book. A brand new chapter is about to start in your
life. Embrace every moment by being truthful to yourself.
Watch your thoughts –
They become words
Watch your words –
They become actions
Watch your actions –
They become habits
Watch your habits –
They become your character
Watch your character –
It becomes your destiny.
ISSUE #6NOV/DEC 2014
NOV/DEC 2014 # ISSUE #6
It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
BE THEIR SANTA CLAUSE
ISSUE #6NOV/DEC 2014
Let’s be naughty and save Santa the trip! - Gary Allan
Give a child a
smile that bring
warmth to their
Share your joy
with them to
SUPER GROUP HOTSPOT
World AIDS Day on the 1st
of Dec 2014
Observed worldwide on 1 December since
1998, World AIDS Day unites people from
around the world to raise awareness of the
global AIDS response and to join, in solidarity,
the millions of people living with and affected
by HIV. Getting to Zero is the theme of World
AIDS Day, echoing the UNAIDS vision of
achieving “zero new HIV infections, zero
discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths”.
This theme will be used until 2015. Have your
blood tested in your nearest testing station.
Please note – our next issue will be in February 2015. Happy Holidays from the newsletter team!