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Should You Cut Nightshade Veggies From Your Diet?

As a sports nutritionist who works with pro athletes, I fully expected to be bombarded with questions after Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s personal chef told all about the power couple’s strict diet. But instead, most of my clients had just one question: “Why don’t they eat nightshades?â€

Even if you’re not familiar with the term “nightshades,” you’re probably very familiar the produce that falls into this category. Think tomatoes, peppers, eggplant—foods most of us would consider super healthy. So why are they a dietary no-no for Brady and Bündchen? Here’s the lowdown on the controversial veggies, and why you probably don’t need to nix them.

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What are nightshades?

Nightshades include a diverse group of plants (more than 2,000 species!) that belong to a specific botanical family called Solanaceae. They include potatoes, artichokes, okra, cayenne, and paprika.

Why do they get a bad rap?

The plants have been a subject of debate among nutritionists for years because they contain chemical compounds called alkaloids that are thought to cause inflammation in the body. As a result, some practitioners believe eating the plants could potentially lead to joint pain, digestive problems, sleep disturbances, premature aging, and chronic diseases.

Nightshades continue to be controversial because there’s a lack of solid research about the true impact of alkaloid substances on joints and the nervous and immune systems. Plus, the amount of alkaloids in most nightshades is pretty small. And if you steam, boil, or bake them, the alkaloid content drops by about 40 to 50%. It’s also worth noting that veggies in this family are hardly unhealthy. Nightshades are loaded with important nutrients and antioxidants.

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Could they be problematic for athletes?

Some people believe nightshades affect enzymes related to nervous system and muscle function, which may interfere with muscle recovery. But many athletes I’ve worked with who took a break from nightshades didn’t experience any difference in performance, muscle recovery, or pain levels.

Is it worth trying a nightshade-free diet?

As with any major diet decision, the answer really depends on your body. If you have a chronic inflammatory condition (like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis), an autoimmune illness (such as lupus, celiac, MS, or psoriasis), or your body is just sensitive to nightshades, eliminating them may be right for you, but try it systematically. Without making any other changes to your diet, cut out nightshades for two to three weeks, and monitor how you feel. If you notice changes in your body (like reduced bloating, fatigue, brain fog, aches, or pains) which return after you reintroduce nightshades to your diet, you may have a sensitivity. In that case, consider partnering with a nutritionist. She or he can help you avoid problem foods without being overly restrictive or compromising your nutrient intake.

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However, if you regularly eat nightshades and feel great, there’s really no reason to ditch these nutritious foods. I’m no stranger to food sensitivities, but I personally feel fantastic after eating meals that include raw or cooked tomatoes, oven-roasted eggplant, and cayenne. However, I don’t eat them every single day or in huge quantities. Maintaining a healthy, balanced, and varied diet is key.

In short: Rather than mimicking Tom and Gisele, tune into your own body. It will rarely steer you wrong.

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Cynthia Sass is a nutritionist and registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she’s Health’s contributing nutrition editor, and privately counsels clients in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Cynthia is currently the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Yankees, previously consulted for three other professional sports teams, and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics. Sass is a three-time New York Times best-selling author, and her brand new book is Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast. Connect with her on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

White Cranberry-Citrus Punch

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  • 1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Riesling, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups light white cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 15 strips orange peel


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  3. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl.

  4. Stir in oranges and cranberries.

  5. Ladle punch and 2 or 3 cranberries into decorative cups or glasses.

  6. Garnish each glass with a twist of orange peel and serve.

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  • Prep: 10 minutes.
  • Yield: Makes 15 servings (serving size: about 5 ounces)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 92
Fat per serving: 0.0g
Saturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 0.0g
Carbohydrate per serving: 7g
Fiber per serving: 1g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Iron per serving: 0.0mg
Sodium per serving: 5mg
Calcium per serving: 11mg

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Pretoria – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa died in hospital at 23:15 on Saturday night, the Presidency announced shortly after midnight.

He was 56.

“The president and deputy president convey their sincere condolences to Mr Mamoepa’s immediate and extended family, comrades, friends and colleagues,” the statement read.

“This is a great loss to me personally, to The Presidency and government at large,” said Ramaphosa.
“However, our thoughts are firstly and foremost with Ronnie’s wife, Audrey, his children and his siblings. I offer my sincere condolences to Ronnie’s relatives, friends, comrades and colleagues who have suffered the loss of someone who was much loved and respected across our country and beyond.

“We shall miss him greatly,” Ramaphosa said.

The veteran spokesperson took ill a month ago and had to undergo surgery.

At the time, Ramaphosa visited him in hospital and wished him a speedy recovery.

Served with distinction

Mamoepa was “a former political prisoner and member of the Gauteng provincial legislature, was a highly regarded and accomplished public servant and veteran communicator who served the African National Congress and various departments in government with distinction”, the Presidency said.

Mamoepa was a well known figure in media circles, having communicated the views and comments of various government ministers on topics as diverse as the Sudanese peace talks and the controversy over the Dalai Llama’s planned visit many years ago.

He was also a spokesperson for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma when she was Home Affairs minister.

In her book Robben Island, Charlene Smith detailed Mamoepa’s involvement as an ANC member during the struggle.

“Ronnie Mamoepa was a skinny kid who knew the slogans and songs by heart, and could raise his knees higher than most in the toyi-toyi,” the book stated.

Smith said Mamoepa was convicted for terrorism in 1980, at just 18 years of age.

Condolences streamed in from politicians and the public on Saturday night as news spread of his passing.

eNCA | “The Presidency mourns the passing of Ronnie Mamoepa”: confirmed

• Editor’s note: This is a developing story. We will bring you updates as more information becomes available.

JOHANNESBURG – Ronnie Mamoepa, the spokesman for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, died on Saturday, 22 July, 2017, at 23h15.

The news was confirmed by The Presidency on twitter. Mr Mamoepa served as Spokesperson for the Deputy President, since 2014. “This is a great loss to me personally, to The Presidency and government at large,” said Deputy President Ramaphosa.

Mamoepa was admitted to hospital and underwent surgery last month, following an undisclosed illness.

The veteran government communications official was well-known in media circles.

He was also a spokesperson for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma when she was Home Affairs minister.

Other positions held include head of communications for the ANC Regional Executive Committee and as head of communications and spokesperson for the first Gauteng Premier, Tokyo Sexwale, between 1994 and 1996.

READ: Ray Phiri laid to rest

Mamoepa also served as a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.

Prior to this, he served as chief director of communications for both Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma before being transferred to the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.

Deputy President Ramaphosa expressed his is condlences to Mr Mamoepa’s family and freinds.

Deputy President Ramaphosa expressed his is condlences to Mr Mamoepa’s family and freinds. (The / screenshot)

“However, our thoughts are firstly and foremost with Ronnie’s wife, Audrey, his children and his siblings. I offer my sincere condolences to Ronnie’s relatives, friends, comrades and colleagues who have suffered the loss of someone who was much loved and respected across our country and beyond.  We shall miss him greatly.”

eNCA | Lions’ heart-stopper: It was ideal!

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – The Lions, if a dose of it had just snuck in, have been shocked out of any complacency on their continuing – phew, just – journey toward the Super Rugby title.

Or put it this way: what is the likelihood of the Johannesburg franchise being as ragged, flustered and imprecise in the home semi-final against the Hurricanes next weekend as they were during the course of the dramatic, late-secured quarter-final triumph over the Sharks at Ellis Park on Saturday?

Probably not a very good one, and that is something to bank in their favour despite the ‘Canes naturally shaping up as considerably more formidable on paper than the brave-hearts from Durban who so nearly registered an almighty upset before surrendering 23-21.

With the Stormers coming up short at the quarter-final phase for the third time in as many years (and all at Newlands) by losing 17-11 to the Chiefs in a tight but generally disappointing tussle, justice has really prevailed for the last four, which will also see the Crusaders now host the Waikato outfit next Saturday in the other semi.

It means the four teams with the most log points to show from the increasingly controversial ordinary-season format have booked their tickets for next weekend, and this is a development to please the purists, regardless of nationality.

Also just about reflecting the balance of power this year is that the semis see three New Zealand teams and one SA outfit in the remaining mix.

Whilst it will be little consolation to the Sharks, who may also feel referee Marius van der Westhuizen made some brutal calls against them at important times, plenty of South Africans from all the other regions will have breathed a sigh of relief that the Lions advance – they always did shape as the side from our shores in with best stab, and then some, at the trophy.

It would have required a deep glug from the hip flask beforehand to submit with any fortitude that the Stormers, had they flown to sadly flood-ravaged Christchurch, or Sharks, by returning to the Cake Tin horror of their 41-0 knockout thumping from the Hurricanes last season, might have gone on to the overall glory instead.

As it is, bookies may be slightly lengthening already the odds on the Lions going one better than their loss in the final of 2016, but the fact remains that Johan Ackermann’s charges are best equipped from our parts to bring the title to a South African home for the first time since the Bulls’ last triumph in 2010.

The very fact that they survived the Sharks’ typically physical, bump-‘em-off-their-stride blitzkrieg is a testament to their pedigree, for all the flaws on display.

That they work for each other, even in the depths of adversity, was also reflected in the way Springbok wing Ruan Combrinck fearlessly, determinedly stepped up to bang over the decisive penalty goal from well over 50 metres in the 77th minute to thwart the underdogs’ dreams.

His vital cameo came with flyhalf and regular goal-kicker Elton Jantjies already sitting a little forlornly on the bench, following a rather wretched personal showing marked by mistakes in various respects – including unusually wayward kicking off the tee that did, remember, go quite some way to keeping the visitors interested right to the last whistle.

Jantjies, an enigmatic fellow for some years in spite of his considerable gifts, faces a significant follow-up outing against the ‘Canes, as anything like a repeat of his jitters evidenced against the Sharks will get a whole lot of critics carping anew that he doesn’t quite cut it when the heat is turned up to most challenging levels.

Certainly the renewed strides he made at Test level against France in June will be quickly forgotten by the harsher of onlookers if he bombs out against next weekend, although considering how Ellis Park and the Lions themselves are such treasured entities to him, it will also not surprise his army of devotees if he has a cracking outing against the Wellington visitors and defending champions.

With due respect to stand-in skipper Jaco Kriel, the Lions do lack some elements of adhesiveness and tactical clarity when Warren Whiteley is confined to “civvies” at pitch-side – where he was on Saturday and will be for whatever’s left of their 2017 adventure.

But the spirit that runs deep in their dressing room is still there, and not something to be under-estimated in the lead-up as next opponents the ‘Canes prepare for an arduous trip through time zones to the unforgiving Highveld.

Not that the NZ side will be overawed in the slightest by jetting into the Big Smoke: last season they handed the otherwise consistently winning, polished Lions a 50-17 mid-campaign humbling in the very Jo’burg, before repeating the job 20-3 in the Wellington showpiece.

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eNCA | Body found amid Imizamo Yethu violence

JOHANNESBURG – Police discovered the body of a 19-year-old following violence in Mandela Park, Imizamo Yethu informal settlement near Hout Bay on Saturday.

Western Cape police said the body was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.

“Police waited for the morgue vehicle to transfer the body. The current situation in Mandela Park/Imizamo Yethu informal settlement is volatile,” said police spokesperson, André Traut.

On Friday, protesters torched an ANC building situated on Mandela Road, as well as homes of community leaders in the area.

READ: Violence erupts again in Imizamo Yethu

“Protestors were moving around between shacks and pelted police members and Nyalas with stones and objects. The protesters barricaded the roads at the Imizamo Yethu settlement to prevent SAPS from entering the area,” Traut said.

Police said containers housing Somalian shops were pushed into the roads and set alight by protesters, and were used to barricade the roads.

Various cases of public violence, arson, and one of murder have been opened for investigation.

eNCA | 20 medical scheme myths you should not believe

The world of medical schemes is a complicated one – and there are many myths and misconceptions doing the rounds. Below is the truth about some of these.

Myth: Medical schemes make a profit.

Fact: Medical schemes as such are not profit-making organisations. They might be part of bigger insurance companies, which do make a profit, but there are different laws governing insurance products and medical schemes. If a scheme registers a profit, it goes into the reserves of the scheme, and this belongs to the members. Medical schemes have trustees, not shareholders. Of the registered open medical schemes in SA, only 8 of the 23 achieved an operating surplus in 2015.

Myth: A scheme can refuse my application.

Fact. No it cannot. A scheme can make you pay a late-joiner penalty, and impose a general waiting period of three months or a condition-specific waiting period of no more than 12 months on a new member. But it cannot refuse your application if you can pay the membership contribution.

Myth: Medical inflation is higher in SA than elsewhere.

Fact: Medical inflation is a worldwide phenomenon. In SA, medical inflation, on average, has been 2% above CPI inflation over the last 16 years. High equipment and medication costs, the spiralling costs of private healthcare, overtreatment in the private sector, and the increase in lifestyle-related diseases all contribute to high medical inflation worldwide.

Myth: Medical insurance is the same as a medical scheme.

Fact: Medical insurance is not covered by the Medical Schemes Act, and functions more like an income-replacement product than medical cover. A medical insurance product pays you out for certain diagnoses, or a hospital stay – it does not pay your medical bills.

Myth: If my scheme gives 100% cover means I don’t have to pay in anything.

Fact: Not true. Schemes can cover you for 100% of the medical fund tariff, which may be considerably lower than the cost of the private hospital or private doctor. You could end up with a big co-payment.

Myth: A scheme can force me to use network hospitals.

Fact: No, it can’t. It can encourage you to do so by guaranteeing no co-payments from your pocket if you stay within the network. If you choose to use out-of-network hospitals or doctors (except in certain emergencies), the scheme can make you pay the difference, but they can’t force you to use certain healthcare services.

Myth: Pensioners pay a lower membership contribution.

Fact: No, that is not allowed. In many other spheres of life pensioners get a discount, but not for medical scheme contributions. In fact, it is illegal to let pensioners pay less. Traditionally pensioners are also high claimers on most medical schemes.

Myth: My employer has to subsidise my scheme contributions.

Fact: No, they don’t. The employer can, as part of your employment contract, require you to belong to a certain scheme, but they do not have to subsidise your contributions. If you work for the state, you might be lucky in getting a third of your contribution subsidised, but it is a privilege, not a right.

Myth: I cannot put my parents on my medical scheme.

Fact: If they are financially dependent on you, and you can prove it, they can join as adult dependants on your scheme.

Myth: A scheme can tell me which medication to use.

Fact: They can encourage you to use the medication on their medicines formulary. If you choose not to, you might have to pay the difference in cost, but they cannot force you to take a particular type of medication.

Myth: A scheme can exclude me from treatment for a pre-existing condition forever.

Fact: No, they can’t. They can only impose a 12-month waiting period for a pre-existing condition. If however, they find out that you did not disclose a pre-existing condition, you can be found guilty of fraudulent behaviour, and there might be penalties imposed because of that.

Myth: A hospital plan will only pay for in-hospital treatment.

Fact: Generally, yes, but all hospital plans also have to pay for the treatment of 25 chronic conditions. You might also be entitled to claiming for six-monthly GP visits to have your chronic prescriptions renewed.

Myth: I can change options whenever it suits me.

Fact. You can usually only switch options once a year in January on most schemes. This is done to streamline administration of things such as savings accounts, which are allocated on an annual basis. Nothing stops you from changing options every year.

Myth: A medical scheme cannot terminate my membership.

Fact: They can, if you are unable to pay the monthly contributions, or if you are found guilty of making fraudulent claims.

Myth: Complications from elective surgery are for my own account.

Fact: If you have cosmetic surgery, for which the medical scheme will not pay, and you get septicaemia after the operation, they will pay for the treatment of the infection, as that is a prescribed minimum benefit.

Myth: Once my benefits run out, that’s it for the year.

Fact: Even if your savings account is depleted, you are still covered for in-hospital treatment. You can also apply to your scheme for further ex-gratia payments for day-to-day treatment. These are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, according to certain protocols.

Myth: All cancer treatment is a prescribed minimum benefit.

Fact: Some cancers are PMBs, but certain cancers, when advanced, are not deemed treatable. Depending on your scheme, you can still claim for these from your oncology benefit, though. After this, many schemes will expect you to pay a portion of your treatment yourself – this depends on your scheme and the option you have chosen.

Myth: I cannot claim anything during the three-month waiting period.

Fact: You couldn’t buy a new pair of spectacles, but if you were in an accident, you could definitely get treatment at the nearest trauma unit.

Myth: Schemes take forever to settle claims, especially big ones.

Fact: The scheme has 30 days from receipt of the claim (with all the relevant information) to settle it. The only delays will be if there is information missing. You usually have until the end of the fourth month from the last date of your treatment to hand in claims. If schemes regularly miss the 30-day payment schedule, they are called to account by the Council for Medical Schemes.

Myth: The money in the savings account is yours.

Fact: It is yours in that it can only be used by you to pay for your medical expenses. But you cannot draw the money out in cash, or use it to settle the bill for co-payments. This money is carried over from year to year if you do not use the full allocation. It will only be paid out to you four months after you have left the scheme.

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Read more:

The cost of healthcare in South Africa

14 quick facts on medical schemes in SA

Medical schemes – the basics

(Sources: The Council for Medical Schemes; Alexander Forbes Health)


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The Virgin Diet: Lose 7 Pounds in 7 Days?

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Can’t lose those last ten pounds? It might be time to give up some of your go-to “diet” foods. Think soy, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts and artificial sweeteners.

According to nutritionist JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet, foods you think are healthy could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Virgin says that food intolerance is a hidden cause of weight gain and if you eliminate “diet” foods that may be causing intolerance, you can lose up to seven pounds in seven days.

Sounds easy but does it work? We caught up with the weight loss guru to learn more:

What is food intolerance?
Food intolerance isn’t the same as a food allergy, Virgin explains. “Food intolerance is a series of physiological responses that your body has to certain types of food,” she says. “They can be immune mediated, including delayed food sensitivities, hormonal— including elevated insulin or cortisol response, or genetic —including lactose intolerance or celiac disease.”

How can food intolerance affect me and my diet?
“Many of the foods you might consider ‘healthy’ could be triggering intolerances,” Virgin explains. Examples include whole grain bread, Greek-style yogurt, egg-white omelets and soy milk. If your body doesn’t tolerate any or all of these foods, “they can create cravings, inflammation and ultimately the inability to lose weight,” she says.

How do I find out if I have food intolerance(s)?
According to Virgin, there’s no need to call a doctor. “An integrative practitioner might do an IgG test, which lists the most common food sensitivities that are unique to you,” she says, but that examination “misses genetic or hormonal intolerances.” Instead, Virgin recommends “testing” your own body by pulling the hi-FI (food intolerant) foods out for three weeks and then challenging your body by adding them one by one to see how you feel.

“Most people test negative for food allergies but find that they feel better when they pull out these foods,” she says. When they’re re-challenged into their bodies, people discover that one or more of these foods cause a variety of negative reactions, she adds.

Furthermore, “Food allergies are acute and can trigger severe reactions. Intolerances are more chronic and sneak up on you. Many of the symptoms intolerances create can feel ‘normal’ so you’re not always making the connection between the food you ate and symptoms it creates.”

What are the most common symptoms?
“Food-intolerance symptoms include bloating, gas, indigestion, fatigue, mental fog, irritability, moodiness — and weight gain,” she says. “If you’re eating foods that your body can’t tolerate, you’re likely to gain weight, feel awful, and look older than you actually are.”

“The Virgin Diet” is your solution to food intolerance. How does it work?
“The Virgin Diet” treats food as “information” rather than simply “calories,” and uses your own body to uncover your unique food intolerance(s). It consists of three cycles:

  • Cycle 1: Pull the seven highly reactive foods for 21 days.
  • Cycle 2: Personalize the program by discovering which foods are hurting you and which are helping you on your long-term road to health and weight management. Do this by reintroducing one of the seven foods into your body each week for four weeks.
  • Cycle 3: Maintain your new diet by learning strategies that will help you stay lean and healthy for life.

So what are the seven foods to drop?
“Dairy, eggs, soy, gluten, peanuts, corn, sugar and artificial sweeteners,” Virgin says.

Is “The Virgin Diet” for everyone?
“Everyone will benefit from pulling these seven highly reactive foods for 21 days,” Virgin claims. And for those who doubt or resist her diet plan, she says after trying it, they lose those last 10 pounds, look and feel better, have clearer skin, and “realize pulling these foods is one of the smartest things they’ve ever done.”

According to Registered Dietician Robin Barrie Kaiden, “there are many who may benefit” from the plan but says the diet is not for everyone.

“Yes, these foods are common allergens, but everyone has different sensitivities,” she says. “For example, some people are sensitive to certain fruits and vegetables and these are not on this list.”

Diana Le Dean, a wellness expert in weight loss, diet and nutrition, warns that detoxing from sugar “is not an easy task.” And while she supports the elimination of these seven foods, she recommends making “these changes very slowly and with the help of a weight loss counselor.”

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Grilled Cheese and Tomato on Rye

Grilled Cheese and Tomato on RyePhoto: Jim Bathie


  • Cooking spray
  • 8 slices rye bread
  • 4 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, sliced


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  2. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spay and heat over medium-high heat.

  3. Spread 1 tablespoon mustard on each of 4 slices of bread, then top each with 2 slices of cheese and 1 slice of tomato. Top with an additional slice of bread.

  4. Place sandwiches in pan, and place another pan on top of the sandwiches.

  5. Cook until bottoms of sandwiches are browned, 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking an additional 2-3 minutes, until bread is golden and cheese is melted.

  • Prep Time:
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  • Resistant starch: 2 grams
  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 355
Fat per serving: 14g
Saturated fat per serving: 7g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Cholesterol per serving: 32mg
Protein per serving: 22g
Carbohydrate per serving: 35g
Sugars per serving: 4g
Fiber per serving: 5g
Sodium per serving: 1192mg
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Yoga Isn’t Just for Thin People—And This Inspiring Instagram Star Proves It

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Ever bailed on going to a yoga session because you were afraid your body wasn’t slim enough to pull off downward dog? The stereotypical yoga person may be slender, but this body positive Instagrammer demolishes the idea that only thin people are good at getting bendy.

Dolly Singh, 34, is a Mumbai-based yogi whose Instagram feed is all the inspo you need to roll out your mat no matter what your BMI is. The difference between her and the other Insta-famous yoga influencers? Singh is plus-sized. Yet that hasn't stopped her from mastering some impressively complex moves.

Singh got into yoga three years ago when she was advised to lose weight after an ankle injury. After getting bored with running, she signed up for a yoga class—and was instantly hooked.

Scroll through her Instagram account to see her progress. Each photo features Singh twisting and turning in all sorts of beautiful contortions. From crow pose to headstands, she looks strong and powerful, all while flaunting her figure in brightly colored leggings and sports bras. 

"I'm not aiming to have this thin figure,” Singh told international news agency AFP. “ But I am aiming to have a beautiful flow and make my body strong through yoga.” | Man killed, 3 injured in shooting at Cape Town shopping centre

Cape Town – A man was killed and three were seriously injured in a shooting at a Bishop Lavis shopping centre on Friday, Western Cape police said. 

The victim, a 39-year-old man, was shot dead in a white Ford Figo, Captain FC van Wyk told News24. 

Three men, aged 21, 27 and 37, were injured on the premises. 

The shooting and the motive are being investigated. 

Earlier on Friday, two petrol attendants were killed, while a third was injured along with a customer, in a shooting at a Cape Town petrol station.

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